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Culture of One

Culture can be thought of as a set of behaviors or beliefs distinct to a group, and so trick or treating on All Hallows’ Eve, burning effigies for Guy Fawkes’ Day, Black Friday and/or Boxing Day shopping. Cuisine is definitely cultural as cooking styles and ingredient staples differ and religion or traditions have shaped celebrations and holidays all over the world. But where do these cultural behaviors come from? how do they get so ingrained that they become the expected and the normal?

Some cultural differences can be attributed to location and/or isolation. People living near the coasts are more likely

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Tenements: the Immigrant Skyscraper

While in many ways New York City is still the gateway to America, it was even more true in the early 1900s when every immigrant to the United States passed through Ellis Island on the East coast (Angel Island on the West coast) and then New York City. If New York was their destination then early immigrants very likely ended up living in a tenement building in the Lower East

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Music of the Night

While music hath charms to sooth the savage breast, it is also the expression of a person’s inner self, both in the creation and the appreciation. A few have the talent for the former, the rest have to be content with the latter. Luckily, there are as many ways to appreciate music as there are different types of

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Be a Sport

Every country has a sport, a game that excites people and fuels nationalistic pride. Depending on the season, there may even be more than one for athletes (armchair and otherwise) to participate in. One of the biggest sport mysteries is why Americans and to a large extent Canadians do not have the same fervor for soccer as every other country in the

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