More recently, both Korea (“Kimchi Diplomacy”) and Taiwan (“Dim Sum Diplomacy”) have been engaging in culinary diplomacy to help increase global recognition of their respective nation brands.
Real public diplomacy towards America doesn’t exist solely on the coasts but also very much in America’s heartland. Korea would be wise to introduce Korean barbecue across the hills and plains of America. Carry out Korean culinary diplomacy to Texas to introduce Korean barbecue to Texas cowboys. Or for that matter, promote Korean barbecue to Kansas City, to Memphis and the Carolinas to challenge for the global barbecue crown.
Meanwhile, Taiwan could market its Taiwanese beef noodle soup, which could easily become the next popular soup dish. With its savory taste and tempting aroma, Taiwanese beef noodle soup could be a very marketable cuisine in the culinary diplomacy department. Having done public diplomacy work in Texas, I can only imagine how much the Lone Star state, or any other state that constitutes cattle-country, would enjoy a hearty bowl of beef noodle soup.
For the wide swathes of Americans who don’t travel abroad, it is through culinary experiences that Americans often discover other parts of the world. Korea and Taiwan’s respective gastrodiplomacy efforts help familiarize the foreign; both campaigns would be wise to broaden their culinary diplomacy outreach to America’s heartland.
paul rockower on huffpo
hahahaah. too amusing not to share. i want to work this into my thesis somewhere… somehow. discreetly.
12:32 am • 21 March 2013 • 1 note
alright, see y’all on april 3rd.
p.s. i’ve moved over to my thesis blog where i am posting compulsively as i power through the next month. pw is my netid. basically i just needed somewhere to vent. separated so that i won’t spam people’s feeds with madness… haha
2:55 pm • 13 March 2013 • 1 note
The Frightening Effects of the NYPD’s ‘Mapping Muslims’ Program
One of the program’s more damaging consequences, the report finds, was its effect on freedom of speech. Public talk of politics and foreign affairs, from the mosque to the barber shop (especially discussion involving the tactics of the city’s police department) has now long been and is still seen as an invitation for scrutiny. A father urged his son not to speak with the Associated Press as the investigation was breaking, for fear of backlash. A cafe owner in Bay Ridge stopped tuning his television to Al-Jazeera, in an effort to avoid NYPD scrutiny. (The tactic was duly noted in an NYPD report on Egyptian cafes [PDF].)
Read more. [Images: Reuters, AP]
1:52 pm • 13 March 2013 • 407 notes
Giles Duley Interview
*Very interesting interview
“Giles Duley has been getting a lot of attention recently as the photographer who lost both his legs and an arm after stepping on a landmine in Kabul while documenting American troops in Afghanistan. Giles has been reluctant to speak about himself and his accident, but it’s the work that he’s been compiling for ten years that I really wanted to talk to him about.”
FJP: Definitely read more.
5:41 pm • 12 March 2013 • 107 notes
In Focus: A Trip to Iran
Amos Chapple is a travel photographer who made the following pictures over the course of three visits to the Islamic Republic of Iran between December 2011 and January 2013. The New Zealand freelancer said he “was amazed by the difference in western perceptions of the country, and what I saw on the ground… I think because access for journalists is so difficult, people have a skewed image of what Iran is — the regime actually want to portray the country as a cauldron of anti-western sentiment so they syndicate news footage of chanting nutcases which is happily picked up by overseas networks. For ordinary Iranians though, the government is a constant embarrassment. In the time I spent there I never received anything but goodwill and decency, which stands in clear contrast to my experience in other middle eastern countries. I met an American special forces soldier in Kyrgyzstan last year who said when it comes to the Middle East, America has the wrong friends and the wrong enemies.” Below is a selection of Chapple’s recent photographs of Iran, captions provided by the photographer.
Read more. [Images: Amos Chapple]
3:03 pm • 11 March 2013 • 672 notes
CLS Arabic 2013
so it’s official, come june 19th i will be back in cairo, egypt. for june-august at the very least, and we’ll see what happens after that. oh مصر i will see you again SO SOON! what. what what what YES!!!! PTL.
12:43 am • 9 March 2013
march = THESIS
way behind. going into beastmode for the next few weeks. this is my jam. shoutout/thanks/loveeee to naacho, my recent fave princeton family :)
2:52 pm • 5 March 2013 • 1 note
Can you imagine A Day Without News?
One year ago, legendary correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Remi Ochlik were killed in Homs, Syria. Evidence from eye witnesses suggests that the journalists were targeted by the Syrian regime in an attempt to limit exposure of the war’s atrocities. Their deaths struck an industry still reeling from a string of tragic losses, including the deaths of photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011.
Watch the U.N. Secretary General’s message of support
“It is unacceptable that those looking to report objectively from conflict zones around the world are deliberately singled out, targeted and murdered with impunity, with those responsible for their deaths not facing any repercussions. Without these journalists bearing witness, atrocities committed in war would go unremarked and it is an equal cruelty that their deaths go without justice. This is a situation that has to change. We are heading towards a day when it will be too dangerous for journalists to enter into or report from war zones.” - Aidan Sullivan, Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development for Getty Images and founder of A Day Without News?
A Day Without News?, launching today, will raise awareness of the risks faced by journalists and photojournalists in war zones, and lobby governments and tribunals to pursue and prosecute those who harm members of the news media. Many media professionals find themselves deliberately targeted when attempting to cover conflicts, and, while it is considered a war crime to do so, there has been little to no enforcement of this international humanitarianlaw. Over the past decade, 945 photojournalists and correspondents have been killed while covering conflict zones, 583 of these without any resulting prosecutions as war crimes. Ninety journalists were killed in 2012 alone, the deadliest year on record.
Please visit A Day Without News? to learn more and to add your name in support.
The people who risked life and limb to tell you about the stories you care about. Learn more about them—along with the risks involved.
9:50 am • 22 February 2013 • 870 notes
In a month on the frontline, Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic saw the Syrian Rebel fighters in Damascus defend a swath of suburbs in the Syrian capital, mount complex mass attacks, manage logistics, treat their wounded…and die before his eyes.
Click here to see more photos.
5:16 pm • 21 February 2013 • 152 notes