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All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World
Many botanists argued that humans must have carried the valuable staple to the Pacific from South America. Not so, according to a new study.
agriculture  story  biology  americas  pacific  ocean 
17 hours ago
端「GLO Travel」伊朗面紗下的豐盛文明
保守古老的中東世界,伊朗文化顯得特別出眾耀眼,究其原因,是因為糅合了古波斯燦爛文明和伊斯蘭教千年傳統。伊朗歷史悠久,境內有很多世界文化遺產,建築美侖美奐,充分反映古波斯人的智慧。除了清真寺和廣場,伊朗也保留了千年前的小村落,如活化石般盛載古人的文化、語言、風俗。但最動人的還是伊朗人的熱情好客,走在街上,總會碰上主動幫忙的年輕人,在茶館又會遇上善良和藹的老人家,跟你談天說地,請你喝一口玫瑰花茶。出團時間:2018年7月21日至2018年8月3日。訂金:$1,716/人,全價$28,600/人,2018年7月16日截止報名。
iran  idea  travel  hongkong  ad 
17 hours ago
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Fun subway posters in Beijing reminding returnees that if you have been tricked or coerced by spies into betraying…
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宇宙大白兔 on Twitter
“复旦大学附近有什么书店吗?

求推荐”
shanghai  bookstore  fudan 
3 days ago
Meet Bai Shaofeng, a Beijing bachelor looking for love - The Washington Post
2:55 Meet Bai Shaofeng, a Beijing bachelor looking for love 39:38 Watch Trump's full press conference with Prime Minister of Japan 0:57 Exotic drug-smuggling…
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5 days ago
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这几天,云南大学校园里的玫瑰花绽放,学校食堂把玫瑰花搬上餐桌,制作炸玫瑰花、玫瑰花酱、玫瑰花馅包子等“网红菜”。
5 days ago
中国历史在香港中学怎么教?六十年来平行运转的两套历史观|一周精选|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
谈起“人物传奇”,几位同学不约而同地讲,“中史”世界里,历史发展与从政者的“性格”甚有关连,人物性格分明,“例如慈禧,‘中史’里她是一个‘昏庸腐败’的人物,麻木相信义和团;而秦始王为人‘刻薄寡恩’,所以爱用严刑;明太祖朱元璋因早年做和尚地位卑微,长大后就会做一些不合人性的事情。”张家朗对此倒背如流,“比如袁世凯:‘中史’里的袁世凯很糟糕,说他‘违背了当时立宪潮流’,最终导致‘众叛亲离’。”另外两位同学也同意,而“世史”里的袁世凯可没有什么鲜明个性,就是列出了他所作的决定对中国政局的影响,可谓轻描淡写。

“⋯⋯中华民国成立以来,中国的政治人物经常以爱国主义、狭隘的民族主义和种族主义作号召,以团结中国人。要达成目的,其一最便捷的方法便是煽动人们的仇外的情绪,而历史课便是他们最常用的工具。这正好解释了何以中国出版的历史课本充满了排外情绪、评论,还有政治宣传的内容。故此,这类课本并不适用于香港;而香港亦急切需要出版不偏不倚的历史课本,以促进国际间的理解⋯⋯”——《中文科目委员会报告》,页31

Decontextualised就是指,让历史剥离于当下社会脉络,单纯将之呈现为理所当然、既定的事实(as a matter of fact),总之学生记住就可以;而不是去鼓励学生透过历史,思考社会怎样发展成当下这个模样。”

他们笔下的《中国历史》,亦承袭中国历史书写的传统:例如如今的中史教育仍然重视历史的“完整性”,学历史必须按顺序从几千年前夏商周年代说到满清覆亡(近年亦加入了近代史),要逐个年代数下去;又比如传统中史史观的“汉人中心”论及其所包含的汉人民族优越性(所以非汉人来中国是“五胡乱华”,而唐朝对外军事行动则是很正面的“拓展版图”);又比如对历史教化作用的重视,常透过历史人物故事呈现好坏的德性,忠君爱国精神尤其被表扬(所以我们常说民族英雄岳飞,却少有讨论岳飞忠君爱国是否太极端和不理性)。
7 days ago
Ballasting the US-China Relationship - John Pomfret & Paul Pickowicz | China 21
Historian Paul Pickowicz interviews acclaimed author John Pomfret about patterns in the long history of US-China relations, and how it informs the controversies in the current moment of Sino-American relations ranging from the impact of Chinese students on US universities, Xi Jinping’s end to presidential term limits, and trade and business relations.
podcast  book  usa  china  history  today  politics  leader  people 
7 days ago
How To Make Friends And Influence People: Inside the Magic Weapon of the United Front
Stream How To Make Friends And Influence People: Inside the Magic Weapon of the United Front by The Little Red Podcast from desktop or your mobile device
china  party  organisation  world  influence  propaganda  explained  book 
9 days ago
Race is not real: what you see is a power relationship made flesh | Aeon Essays
In The Civilizing Process (1978), the sociological theorist Norbert Elias studied books on manners from the European Renaissance to understand the process of the creation of what he called habitus. Manners that we see as utterly natural and inevitable today, like not blowing one’s nose at the table, or eating off the serving spoon, or belching or farting in public, are, in fact, socially constructed and learned behaviours.

The ‘How to Spot a Jap’ flyers were printed to serve much the same function as the manners books that Elias studied. They tried to create and implant a racial habitus that distinguished the Japanese from the Chinese. That Second World War poster looks offensive today – crude, reductionist, insulting – and it is. We think that recognising such ridiculousness makes us less racist than the people who made it. It doesn’t. It merely means that we have different racial categories than in 1942.

what we think we know about race has to be learned, and that what people ‘know’ and ‘see’ as salient and obvious changes over time.
race  racism 
11 days ago
Phoenicia: an imaginary friend to nations in need of ancestors | Aeon Essays
the Phoenicians, the ancient traders who had founded the coastal cities, sailed the length of the Mediterranean and beyond, and invented the alphabet that we still use today. Portraying the Phoenicians as champions of free enterprise, much like themselves, the Lebanists argued that these ancient Phoenician roots gave the Lebanese a Western, Mediterranean-focused identity, very different from the Muslim culture of the broader Syrian region, which they saw as distasteful and uncivilised. It was central to their ideology that they were not Arabs: ‘There are no camels in Lebanon’ as the slogan still goes.

While not yet nations in the modern sense, these groups shared cultural and sentimental attachments, a common name, a myth of shared descent, shared historical memories and attachment to a particular territory.

The historian Herodotus, for instance, talks frequently – and with considerable admiration – about the Phoenicians, but he never gives an ethnographic description of them as he does for other groups including the Egyptians, Ethiopians and Persians.
lebanon  history  nation 
11 days ago
一千零一夜 第207夜 金阁寺 该死的极致之美 - YouTube
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11 days ago
The Classics (Bonus Track Version) - The Shanghai Restoration Project - 专辑 - 网易云音乐
上海复兴方案(The Shanghai Restoration Project)系为毕业于哈佛大学的华裔美人梁文伟(Dave Liang)的得意之作,其创作灵感来源于30年代旧上海夜总会中的爵士乐,而在融合了传统中式乐器的基础上,乐曲又被创作人赋予了嘻哈、电子、沙发等西式风格化标签,由此绽放异彩。“The Classics”已是梁在此项目名下发布的第12张作品,本张专辑主要注重对经典上海爵士乐的解
shanghai  music  nostalgia 
12 days ago
“神书”《哥德尔、艾舍尔、巴赫》(GEB)作者侯世达出新书了,下周将来中国_智能_好奇心日报
4 月 17 日和 18 日,美国著名学者、作家侯世达(Douglas Richard Hofstadter)将来中国参与两场活动,并宣传他即将出版的中文新书《表象与本质:类比作为思维的燃料与火焰》(Surfaces and Esse...
book  ai 
12 days ago
The lucid dreaming playbook: how to take charge of your dreams | Aeon Ideas
It takes a bit of practice, but if you’re lucky you might even have a lucid dream using MILD on your first night. If you do become aware that you’re dreaming, it’s important to stay calm, since intense emotions can trigger a premature awakening. And if the dream starts to fade or seems unstable, you can try rubbing your hands together vigorously from within the dream. It sounds strange, but this strategy works by flooding the brain with sensations from within the dream, which decreases the chance of becoming aware of your sleeping physical body, and waking up.
dream  howto  fun  moi 
13 days ago
【一席】严实:Y染色体携带的历史——分子人类学大科普 - YouTube
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13 days ago
Bright Lights, Big Shoulder Pads: A Timid Japan Recalls Its Bubble Era - The New York Times
She performs in a pop-music duo called Bed In that borrows heavily from the keyboard lines, electric drums and power chords of the ’80s. They dress ’80s, too: The shoulder pads are big, the skirts are mini and the hues are Day-Glo when they aren’t just plain shiny.

That era came to an abrupt end. Japan’s stock market crashed in 1990, and property prices plummeted. The period that followed is often called the Lost Decade, as Japan grappled with falling prices, slow growth and burdensome debt.

“I feel like back then, people weren’t afraid to be noticed,” said one dancer, Nanako Meguro, 18, who recently graduated from Tomioka High School in Osaka, about 250 miles southwest of Tokyo. “They wanted to be No. 1. I think that compared to people nowadays, everyone seemed to have a lot more confidence.”
1980s  japan  japanese  music  today  economy  mentality  future  youth  dance 
14 days ago
蒙元佛道之争
在金庸先生的小说中,以七子为首的全真教道士都是以抵抗外族侵略的仁人志士面目出现的。历史真相并非如此。蒙元史博士鸣飞老师和《路书》主播一起,从文献、史迹这两个维度,细述蒙元时期的佛道辩论和全真教的兴衰。
taoist  religion  history  origin  china 
14 days ago
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RT : Ok, for those who would prefer the title to read "Latin Alphabet", here you go...
14 days ago
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Amazing. Evolution of the alphabet.
16 days ago
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Every conference programme needs one of these!
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17 days ago
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RT : 川总三十年不变的理念MAGA
18 days ago
Denying Genetics Isn’t Shutting Down Racism, It’s Fueling It
The danger in actively suppressing and stigmatizing this inconvenient truth, he maintains, is that a responsible treatment of these genetic influences will be siloed in the academic field of genetics, will be rendered too toxic for public debate, and will thereby only leak out to people in the outside world via the worst kind of racists and bigots who will distort these truths to their own ends.
19 days ago
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兴化的油菜花与众不同,在于菜花大都种在水垛上,荡漾水中,金黄一片。
23 days ago
梁文道:存在就是宣傳
梁文道:存在就是宣傳 via @instapaper
23 days ago
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