The Madhesi Take a Stand

  • June 06, 2016     Friendly Borders Staff

Kathmandu – Beyond the towering heights and the hues of various flags on top of the tallest mountain in the world lies the vibrant community of Nepal and its residents. In perhaps one of the most prominent geographical locations in the ...
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Remember, Revisit Ainu Culture

  • May 23, 2016     Friendly Borders Staff

Tokyo – Who are the Ainu people? And what are their contributions to Japanese culture? If not for the UN General Assembly in 2007 that passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, would the Japanese government recognize ...
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Quechua’s Community Beyond Time

  • April 11, 2016     Friendly Borders Staff

Cusco – When people look back to the history of the Inca Empire, there is an interesting search for the connection of that bygone era to the present day practices and cultural influences in the Latin American community. With its stunning ...
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Buduma: The Warriors of Lake Chad

  • March 28, 2016     Joy Marie Salgado

N’Djamena – Exploring the beauty of Africa through its colorful history, rich cultural influences, and ethnic communities is a memorable adventure for any individual. Travelers as well as locals need to know, however, that having a ...
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The Koryo Saram (Korean Kyrgyz) of Kyrgyzstan

  • March 04, 2016     Friendly Borders

Bishkek – Kyrgyzstan has a rich cultural diversity, which includes more than 100 ethnicities. They differ in number, religion, language, culture, traditions, and customs. Nationalities such as Uzbeks, Russians, Dungans, Uyghurs, Tajiks, ...
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The Bugis People of South Sulawesi

  • February 29, 2016     Friendly Borders

Jakarta – The Bugis or Buginese people make up two-thirds of the 9 million-plus population of South Sulawesi, an island in the east of Borneo in today’s Indonesia. The Bugis are the most dominant ethnic group in the region renowned as ...
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The Kubu

  • January 31, 2016     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Jakarta – Deep in the rainforests of central and southern Sumatra are its indigenous inhabitants, the nomadic Kubu. Amongst their own, they call themselves Suku Anak Dalam or Orang Rimba – “people of the forest” or “land ...
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Unique Rituals among Ethnic Groups

  • January 04, 2016     Friendly Borders

beauty noun beau•ty ˈbyü-tē : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit Manila – Appreciating beautiful things is part of human nature. ...
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  • December 14, 2015     Manny Bigornia, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Taiwan – Seediq (Sediq) is one of the many aboriginal groups of Taiwan. On April 23, 2008, the Taiwanese government officially recognized Seediq as the 14th indigenous tribal group in the country. The Seediq are comprised of three ...
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Beyond Pacquiao and Boxing: Revisiting Filipino-Mexican Cultural Ties

  • November 15, 2015     Kristoffer R. Esquejo

Manila – Whenever I see Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao fighting a Mexican boxer, I look at it in a historical context, as if I am witnessing a struggle between one of the Visayan warriors named by Spanish chroniclers as ...
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