Index of Titles Filed Under 'Cultural History'

PublisherTriple Canopy2019
When I was fourteen, my parents told me that my grandmother, who has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) since the 1950s, had become rich. I didn’t believe them. I was born in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi, but I’d lived in the United States—North Carolina and then New Jersey—for ten years. During this time, I tried furiously to cast off my Chinese heritage, as if unloading ballast from a sinking ship. How could my grandmother have made millions from the antiquated traditions and ridiculous superstitions that I’d been so desperate to abandon? Growing up, I hated that my mother was ...
PublisherWomen on Airplanes2017
The idea of making use of spaces, transforming existing ones, creating new ones, making a living and a change, very much carries through the following pages. The importance to have, maintain, and organise places, frameworks, and opportunities that allow a continuity to negotiate and fight over common grounds. Making spaces vibratory. To imagine a restaurant or a nightclub in Manchester or London in the 1930s as a business proposition but at the same time as a safe space in which to conspire to liberate Africa; to imagine a restaurant as an art gallery—while working as a waitress—and proceeding to turn ...
PublisherThinkbelt2020
From its earliest use in the mandatory Jewish quarter of sixteenth century Venice to its association with Black segregated areas in postwar America, the term “ghetto” has held a variety of meanings and invoked myriad feelings. Daniel Schwartz traces the history of this controversial word.
PublisherThe Funambulist2020
There is something significantly different to record a conversation about the politics of a given neighborhood in the calm of an office or in the neighborhood itself — even if the sock Léopold added to his microphone ultimately proves not to be the most efficient windbreak! We begin this important conversation with Colin Prescod in front of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, two and a half years after the massive fire that killed 72 residents (predominantly members of the racialized working class) and displaced hundreds on June 14, 2017. Although the source of the fire was accidental, its propagation ...
PublisherTriple Canopy2019
The selling of Avon, Connecticut, picked up in 1985. The town, according to a pamphlet it put out that year, boasted “a larger-than-average share of professional and executive people” who, in addition to their “ethnic” diversity, shared an aspiration to self-segregate, to “blend imperceptibly.” “There have never been sharp lines of demarcation,” the pamphlet, Avon, Connecticut, continues, under the heading “Some Reasons Why You Might Want to Locate in Avon.” In an unsettlingly unspecified first-person plural (as if to whisper “join us”), the pamphlet describes this suburb of Hartford as “a picturesque New England village.” One development, combining an “office ...
PublisherTriple Canopy2019
When I was fourteen, my parents told me that my grandmother, who has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) since the 1950s, had become rich. I didn’t believe them. I was born in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi, but I’d lived in the United States—North Carolina and then New Jersey—for ten years. During this time, I tried furiously to cast off my Chinese heritage, as if unloading ballast from a sinking ship. How could my grandmother have made millions from the antiquated traditions and ridiculous superstitions that I’d been so desperate to abandon? Growing up, I hated that my mother was ...

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