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Kenyan varsity marks Confucius Institute Day with color

NAIROBI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) — One of Kenya’s oldest universities on Friday marked Confucius Institute Day in a glittering ceremony attended by hundreds of students, faculty members and civilians keen to learn about Chinese culture.
The Confucius Institute Day at Kenyatta University featured thrilling performances from students that included Chinese traditional and contemporary music, dance and costumes.
Zhuo Hao, a Chinese lecturer at Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute, said it has raised the visibility of Chinese language and culture in Kenya since its establishment one decade ago.
“The Confucius Institute has made significant progress in teaching activities, cultural activities and media coverage,” said Zhuo, adding that more than 3,000 students had enrolled at Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute.
Chinese entrepreneurs based in Kenya also attended the 5th Confucius Institute Day that showcased the time-honored beauty of Chinese performing arts and costume.

Source: Kenyan varsity marks Confucius Institute Day

Secrets of the South

Meet the United Order of Tents, a semi-covert organization of black women.

The women settle back down and the president of this chapter, Lodis Gloston, stands and begins to call out to the members present. “Raise your hand if you are 85 or older,” she says, and about six women raise their hands. “Raise your hand if you are 95 or older,” she says, and three women keep their hands raised. The South Carolina chapter’s oldest member is 106 — Donella Wilson. She was photographed this past November casting her vote for Hillary Clinton. She’s not here tonight, but the oldest woman in attendance is Queen Logan, who is 99 years and nine months old. The Tents give each other honorifics: everyone is Sister, but women who contribute to the organization with the most service are called Queens.

Source: Secrets of the South

India: ‘Untouchable’ Dalits Still Forced to Collect Human Waste

Cleaning of sewers, removing night soil (human excreta) with a broom, descending into manholes find a place in the National Career Services Portal set up by the government as part of the Skill India programme.

Low-caste Dalits are pressured into the hazardous job of emptying public and private latrines despite legal prohibitions

Source: India: ‘Untouchable’ Dalits Still Forced to Collect Human Waste

STILL I RISE | dalitnationdotcom

I was in the fifth grade when I learnt I was a Dalit. I had been reading up on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and how it had affected this large group of people called Untouchables. As I began to read more about them, about their ‘spiritual pollution’, a feeling of dread came over me. I felt this had to do with me somehow and I ran to my mother to ask her what she knew. The conflicted look on her face made it clear that this was a conversation she’d been dreading. Over the next couple of hours, she told me the truth about who we really were.


Source: STILL I RISE | dalitnationdotcom

Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem

This uncritical scapegoating of the Vodou religion (called Santeria in Cuba and Candomblé in Brazil) as the source of Haiti’s problems is typical amongst Catholics and their evangelical Christian counterparts. It implies that Christianity provides you not only with enlightenment from your backwards ways, but financial gains…I guess Italy and Greece just haven’t been praying hard enough!
Source: Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem – EBONY

World Heritage Day: Five must-visit sites in India

On World Heritage Day, HT City lists five popular heritage sites in India.


From the magnificent Taj Mahal, architectural ruins of Hampi, captivating Badami cave temples in Karnataka to the historic Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar — India, as we know, is rich in culture, heritage and history. The glorious past of the country is truly reflected in the monuments and its architecture.

The lure of these innumerable heritages sites is such that people from all across the globe travel to India to get a first-hand experience. “Over the last couple of years, there has been an increase in the number of foreign tourists arriving in the country. Heritage tourism India has registered an immense growth in the last few years, ever since additional initiatives were taken by the government of India to boost India’s image as a destination for heritage tourism,” says Ranjeet Oak, chief business officer-Holidays, MakeMyTrip, about heritage tourism in the country.

World Heritage Day: Five must-visit sites in India | travel | Hindustan Times