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The Defense Language and National Security Educational Office (DLNSEO) Culture Section serves within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness of the Department of Defense (DoD). We work to support culture readiness throughout the Total Force by providing information to better assess operational needs and policy development. In accordance with the Strategic Plan for Total Force Readiness, the DLNSEO Culture Section identifies efficiencies across the Total Force, industry, and academe to ensure collaborations for resources, technology solutions, and research efforts. Our site represents a virtual community of people who are passionate about all matters regarding culture learning, awareness, and readiness. This website allows users to access materials from across the Total Force, industry, and academe, providing awareness of any issues affecting the world wide culture community. The DLNSEO Culture Section is ever determined to make learning about and interacting across any culture a priority for the Total Force.

Mission: Our strategic vision is to provide direction to enable a Total Force to be ready and adept at interacting across any culture while operating within joint, Interagency, coalition and multinational contexts. In order to achieve this, our goals include: - Developing policies to support culture readiness across the Department - Advancing culture education and training in the Total Force - Promoting collaboration and partnership to create efficiencies - Supporting development of cultural competency in the Federal workforce

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"What about the universal experience of using hope to get through tough times? The Polish have a saying for that: jakoś ...
09/28/2020
Jakoś to Będzie : Poland's Anti- Hygge Approach to Happiness

"What about the universal experience of using hope to get through tough times? The Polish have a saying for that: jakoś to będzie."

The next time you feel hopeless, say "jakoś to będzie"—a Polish phrase that translates to "things will work out in the end."

"The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is transitioning to the Brian Deer Classification System, which was developed by the ...
09/25/2020
B.C. First Nations council is moving to Indigenous-developed library system | CBC News

"The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is transitioning to the Brian Deer Classification System, which was developed by the late Kahnawake Mohawk librarian Alec Brian Deer in the 1970s. Its taxonomy is based on the geographical locations of Indigenous communities."

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is replacing the Dewey decimal system with the Brian Deer classification system. The council's archivist Kat Louro said the geographically-based taxonomy can better represent the worldview of Indigenous communities.

“When Italy became the first Western country to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Florence discovered that...
09/23/2020
In Tuscany, Renaissance-Era Wine Windows Are Made For Social Distancing

“When Italy became the first Western country to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Florence discovered that one of its unique architectural quirks was perfect for coronavirus-era social distancing.”

Tuscany's wine windows, each 12 inches high and 8 inches wide, were indispensable during a 17th century plague. They've became useful again during the coronavirus pandemic — even after lockdown ended.

"A new website from the Brooklyn Historical Society sheds light on the history and experiences of Muslims in Kings Count...
09/22/2020
Learn the oral histories of Muslims in the borough on new Brooklyn Historical Society website - amNewYork

"A new website from the Brooklyn Historical Society sheds light on the history and experiences of Muslims in Kings County through dozens of oral histories — allowing outsiders to view the borough through a Muslim’s perspective, while preserving the recordings for future generations, said the project’s creator."

A new website from the Brooklyn Historical Society sheds light on the history and experiences of Muslims in Kings County through dozens of oral histories

"In Mumbai – one of the Indian cities most affected by coronavirus – devotees are not heading for the beach this year. I...
09/21/2020
Covid turns tide on India's Ganesh festival traditions

"In Mumbai – one of the Indian cities most affected by coronavirus – devotees are not heading for the beach this year. Instead, Mumbai’s governing body . . . has installed more than 200 artificial ponds across the city so that the tradition may be upheld while preventing large crowds gathering."

Thousands of ritual statues are dunked into the sea off Mumbai each year – but Covid and pollution are forcing change

"While hemester can mean you’re simply staying put in your apartment or house during your annual leave, it is also commo...
09/18/2020
The Swedish staycation obsession

"While hemester can mean you’re simply staying put in your apartment or house during your annual leave, it is also commonly used to talk more generally about taking a vacation anywhere within your own country."

Swedes have long embraced their version of staycations: hemester. Now, Covid-19 travel restrictions and remote working are reshaping the tradition.

Portland State University's Education Abroad office has been exploring virtual study abroad options to provide students ...
09/16/2020
A new way to study abroad—without going abroad - Vanguard

Portland State University's Education Abroad office has been exploring virtual study abroad options to provide students with cross-cultural experience in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt activities and change routines, Portland State’s Education Abroad office did what many other programs were forced to do—it went virtual. Virtual study abroad courses can’t replace physically being in a different culture, but Education Abroad is dev...

"Elsewhere in the Americas, European colonial languages are pushing native languages towards extinction, but Paraguayan ...
09/15/2020
'Culture is language': why an indigenous tongue is thriving in Paraguay

"Elsewhere in the Americas, European colonial languages are pushing native languages towards extinction, but Paraguayan Guaraní – a language descended from several indigenous tongues – remains one of the main languages of 70% of the country’s population."

The Paraguayan Guaraní language is a rare regional success story. But its own popularity is a problem for smaller languages

"Amabie is a member of the yōkai: a vast menagerie of folkloric spirits, monsters, and tricksters, often embodied as ani...
09/14/2020
A Japanese Sea Spirit Battles COVID-19

"Amabie is a member of the yōkai: a vast menagerie of folkloric spirits, monsters, and tricksters, often embodied as animals, who are variously mischievous or benevolent."

The world has become enchanted with a three-legged mermaid called Amabie, said to help fight plague.

"Delores' mask features a long beak made from smoked, tanned caribou hide. She packed traditional medicines from the lan...
09/11/2020
The Indigenous artists designing coronavirus masks

"Delores' mask features a long beak made from smoked, tanned caribou hide. She packed traditional medicines from the land into the end of the beak to offset the stresses of dealing with the pandemic."

From celebrating culture to highlighting a suicide epidemic, Indigenous artists are creating masks with meaning.

Today on the CultureReady blog: read about one bilateral affairs officer's experience at a three-week basic Arabic cours...
09/10/2020
West Virginia Guardsman graduates Arabic course in Qatar | CultureReady

Today on the CultureReady blog: read about one bilateral affairs officer's experience at a three-week basic Arabic course offered at the Qatar Armed Forces Language Institute in Al Sheehaniya, Qatar.

A bilateral affairs officer of the West Virginia National Guard recently graduated from a three-week basic Arabic course offered at the Qatar Armed Forces Language Institute in Al Sheehaniya, Qatar.

"Educators in the disputed region are fighting to keep pupils on track amid repeated lockdowns, curfews and internet bla...
09/09/2020
School’s out in Kashmir: classes held in meadows amid closures

"Educators in the disputed region are fighting to keep pupils on track amid repeated lockdowns, curfews and internet blackouts."

Educators in the disputed region are fighting to keep pupils on track amid repeated lockdowns, curfews and internet blackouts

"It’s the current flavour of Lagos, and the rest of the continent, where Nigerian pop music maintains a strong presence....
09/08/2020
The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop

"It’s the current flavour of Lagos, and the rest of the continent, where Nigerian pop music maintains a strong presence."

How do elements of Fela Kuti's music get reproduced by today's pop musicians?

"[Hunter] Pence’s unapologetically amateurish mixing of Spanish and English, which linguists might call 'codeswitching' ...
09/07/2020
What Does Baseball’s Bilingualism Reveal?

"[Hunter] Pence’s unapologetically amateurish mixing of Spanish and English, which linguists might call 'codeswitching' or 'translanguaging,' hints at why professional baseball is a fascinating place to explore questions about multilingualism and linguistic border-crossing."

A linguistic anthropologist who is also a baseball aficionado reflects on what can be learned from how language mashups play out on and off the baseball diamond.

"The coronavirus pandemic has also had a part to play in encouraging these young middle-class Nigerians to explore the h...
09/04/2020
Mpape Crushed Rock: Nigerians flock to new Abuja beauty spot

"The coronavirus pandemic has also had a part to play in encouraging these young middle-class Nigerians to explore the hills in the country's rocky central region. The lockdown, which prevented people from travelling elsewhere, has meant that places closer to home are being explored."

Nigeria's Mpape Crushed Rock is an unlikely tourist sensation for fun-seekers near the capital, Abuja.

According to the World Happiness Report, Finns are the happiest people in the world. Here are 10 Finnish words that make...
09/03/2020
The 10 Happiest Finnish Words, According to the People of Finland

According to the World Happiness Report, Finns are the happiest people in the world. Here are 10 Finnish words that make Finnish people happy.

To celebrate the launch of their new Finnish course, Duolingo partnered with the website Very Finnish Problems to find out which words make the people of Finland happiest.

On today's CultureReady blog: the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band’s Five-Star Brass quintet performed for senior citizens...
09/02/2020
Military band creates memories with Stuttgart seniors | CultureReady

On today's CultureReady blog: the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band’s Five-Star Brass quintet performed for senior citizens at Böblingen and Singlefingen nursing homes.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band’s Five-Star Brass quintet performed for senior citizens at Böblingen and Singlefingen nursing homes on August 1.

"All of Africa has reached a very important milestone. The World Health Organization has declared that the entire contin...
09/01/2020
In Major Milestone, Africa Now Polio-Free

"All of Africa has reached a very important milestone. The World Health Organization has declared that the entire continent is now free of the wild poliovirus. This comes after four years without a single case."

All of Africa has reached a very important milestone. The World Health Organization has declared that the entire continent is now free of the wild poliovirus. This comes after four years without a single case. With this historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the...

“In the past, we thought that tourism is our basic income. But I have learned that Bali is not only about tourism. The a...
08/31/2020
'Bali is not only about tourism': Covid-19 prompts rethink for island's residents

“In the past, we thought that tourism is our basic income. But I have learned that Bali is not only about tourism. The agricultural business also can provide life support only if we want to work hard and explore the real potential in our island.”

With tourism devastated by the pandemic, many have returned to work the fields. Some believe they will never go back

"According to a machine learning analysis of dozens of languages conducted at Princeton University, the meaning of words...
08/28/2020
Machine learning reveals role of culture in shaping meanings of words

"According to a machine learning analysis of dozens of languages conducted at Princeton University, the meaning of words does not necessarily refer to an intrinsic, essential constant. Instead, it is significantly shaped by culture, history and geography."

What do we mean by the word beautiful? It depends not only on whom you ask, but in what language you ask them. According to a machine learning analysis of dozens of languages conducted at Princeton University, the meaning of words does not necessarily refer to an intrinsic, essential constant. Inste...

With the arrival of a new giant panda cub to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., many people are now wondering: what w...
08/27/2020
How does a giant panda get its name? | CultureReady

With the arrival of a new giant panda cub to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., many people are now wondering: what will its name be? Read more about naming giant panda cubs on today's #CultureReady blog.

With the arrival of a new giant panda cub to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., many people are now wondering: what will its name be?

"In short, give Nollywood a chance. It’s an experience you need to prep for as far as expectations, but now that you’re ...
08/26/2020
7 films to watch for a Netflix and Nollywood weekend

"In short, give Nollywood a chance. It’s an experience you need to prep for as far as expectations, but now that you’re here, these are seven Nollywood movies you should watch on Netflix to begin to appreciate the genre." https://www.fastcompany.com/90537896/7-films-to-watch-for-a-netfilx-and-nollywood-weekend?platform=hootsuite&utm_campaign=HSCampaign

The charms of the Nigerian film industry await to liven up your viewing queue.

"Japan’s umami in fact has its roots in Ainu culture, in the kombu (a type of edible kelp) that grows in lush underwater...
08/25/2020
Japan’s unknown indigenous cuisine

"Japan’s umami in fact has its roots in Ainu culture, in the kombu (a type of edible kelp) that grows in lush underwater forests around Hokkaido’s coastlines and has always been used in traditional Ainu cuisine."

Long before Japanese food became so emblematic, with sushi and shabu shabu, ramen and yakitori prized the world over, there was another cuisine here that has almost been forgotten.

"Our blog covers the globe, so we were curious — what shows are people in other countries obsessed about in this pandemi...
08/24/2020
A Global Guide To Binge-worthy TV For The Pandemic

"Our blog covers the globe, so we were curious — what shows are people in other countries obsessed about in this pandemic? We asked reporters in nine countries to find out."

Lost children! Angry lovers! Time travel! A show referred to as 'The Muslim Game Of Thrones" We asked reporters to tell us about the shows that people are obsessing around the world.

"Why had Balinese Hindus, who make up over eighty percent of the population of Bali, created their own call to prayer? W...
08/21/2020
A Balinese Call to Prayer

"Why had Balinese Hindus, who make up over eighty percent of the population of Bali, created their own call to prayer? Was it a reaction to the Islamic Azan—to religious tensions in the archipelago? How did people feel about this new practice, and what meaning did these broadcasts hold for Balinese Hindus?" https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/balinese-call-to-prayer?platform=hootsuite&utm_campaign=HSCampaign

At the time of independence from the Dutch in 1945, religion became an important topic of debate within Indonesian society.

Today on the CultureReady blog, learn more about the Islamic calendar.
08/20/2020
A New Year in the Islamic Calendar | CultureReady

Today on the CultureReady blog, learn more about the Islamic calendar.

Today is August 20th, meaning we are deep into the year 2020, but for Muslims around the world, today marks the beginning of a new year. It’s the first day of the month of Muharram, the first of twelve months in the 354-day Islamic calendar, also known as the Hijri. This calendar follows the cycle...

"If you can understand how others view the world and relate, you can better communicate with them. Better communications...
08/19/2020
Why Cultural Intelligence is Crucial for Business & Communications

"If you can understand how others view the world and relate, you can better communicate with them. Better communications lead to more business success."

You’ve probably read about emotional intelligence, artificial intelligence and intelligence quotient. Now, many experts argue that cultural intelligence is increasingly…

"It is part of the country’s social fabric, a game played by families in backyards and cramped public spaces and by shop...
08/18/2020
‘When You Say Badminton, You Say Indonesia’

"It is part of the country’s social fabric, a game played by families in backyards and cramped public spaces and by shop workers waiting for clients."

Badminton is part of the national identity. It is the only sport in which Indonesia has won an Olympic gold medal, and the country had expected to add another this month in Tokyo.

“Sport connects people. When we practice sport, we are just human beings.”
08/17/2020
Would You Die to Do Judo?

“Sport connects people. When we practice sport, we are just human beings.”

In the Central African Republic, where Seleka militias and the CAR army clash, one man has a simple solution to conflict.

"In Sinthiou Diam Dior, at least one person from every family has emigrated, most of them men. Across Matam, the women r...
08/13/2020
The energy to stay: Senegal's village of women

"In Sinthiou Diam Dior, at least one person from every family has emigrated, most of them men. Across Matam, the women remain behind as the lifeblood that animates and nourishes the villages."

Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.

Today on the CultureReady blog: Members of the U.S. Air Force recently visited Sliač Air Base in Slovakia to continue to...
08/12/2020
Forging relationships with Allies | CultureReady

Today on the CultureReady blog: Members of the U.S. Air Force recently visited Sliač Air Base in Slovakia to continue to strengthen our nations' military alliance.

Members of the U.S. Air Force recently visited Sliač Air Base in Slovakia to continue to strengthen our nations' military alliance.

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A nice read that encapsulates the many changes in Saudi Arabia in the past few years.
An interesting mix of sport and culture!
Interesting article on the Civil-Military divide and the military's subculture in America.