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re: CELEBRATING PLURALISM

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NTIEVA Student Assistant 3 (ntieva3)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 10:47:15 CST6CDT

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> I do think that there is a "common" popular culture that
> endangers the unique qualities of differing cultures. This
> popular culture, spread primarily through television, movies,
> popular music, and fast food restaurants, seems to provide the
> lowest common denominator. I don't often find this addressed in
> discussions on culture. What do you think?
>
I just told this story to Nancy, since we are sitting side by
side on our computers, and she suggested I post it. Several
years ago my husband went on a business trip to Belo Horizonte,
Brazil. While there he attempted to find a child we have
sponsored through Christian Children's Fund and have gotten to
know through her letters. He located her and went to visit her
at her very remote school where the teachers told him he was the first
English-speaking visitor ever to come to the school. The kids
were all excited to show him a mural they had been working on
and I don't know what he expected, but he certainly was
surprised to see Bart Simpson and Donald Duck, among other US
cartoon characters!

Rebecca Arkenberg
Graduate Research Assistant
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
University of North Texas
PO Box 5098
Denton, TX 76203
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