Culture...

Desiree - posted on 03/10/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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listening the radio last night they were discussing Culture and why is Ballet, Theater ad Opera considered culture, why can't it sustain itself properly. It got me think about the different cultures in the world and what we reard as culture. My take may be different from yours. I know that the African American's idea will be very different from the African or even the Jamacian.

Personally when i hear the word I think of traditions, music and dance? I am 1st generation South African or Portuguese decent so for me alot of my culture will be influence by Europe ballet, art, dance, opera, classical music?

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Louise - posted on 03/10/2011

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I think this has to do with class rather than culture. In England the well to do go to the Opera and Ballet and seem to enjoy it. Me on the other hand hate it. I can not think of anything worse than sitting through two hours of a woman screaming out a song in another language with me not knowing what the heck is going on. I think theatre has been made accessable for all these days and i do enjoy watching a live performance. I think culture is very different around the world here in England it is part of our culture to watch a pantomime at Christmas where men dress as women and women as men in outlandish costumes and make complete idiots of themselves with custard pies and such. Many children from the age of three grow up going every year. I did as a child and so did my boys when they grew up and now my daughter is two we will be going this Christmas. To me this is modern culture and one that will not phase it's self out in the future.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/10/2011

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My mother grew up dancing ballet, she was a proffesional dancer with New York City Ballet for years...in turn all of her daughters including me danced. We were exposed to jazz, never tap becouse of how it would change the use of our ankles and make dancing on point difficult, but other dance styles simply for the exposure...this was at her own ballet school that she had. We inturn listened to alot of classical music, and believe it or not my grandmother (who passed away when I was very young) was an opera singer. We never played sports, we really weren't allowed. We were classical ballet dancers. It is an art, so is classical music, art painting wise, and opera. I guess it is just viewed as the classic culture. Does that all make any sense?

Desiree - posted on 03/10/2011

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I changed it thanks for your input. Sorry for confusing you.

But you are right but I don't only mean Blacks, I was using them as an example because of the diversity of the group. .

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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I'm not sure I do understand. I think I understand that you're saying that black people from different parts of the world would think of their own culture as being different. I do not understand the use of the term "Jamaican African" and have never heard of that, unless you have dual citizenship of something?

Desiree - posted on 03/10/2011

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Jenn I intended it to be so. Trying to make a point and I think you understand. but that is a debate all in its own.

Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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I'm a bit confused, and can't help but laugh at the "Africa African" and "Jamaican African" LMAO!!! I'm pretty sure they would be called African and Jamaican. Anyway, culture can refer to traditions of your heritage, or can also refer to the arts, which is where the reference to opera and ballet comes in.

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