All posts filed under: Photo Essay

Photo Essay: Bali’s Rich Cultural Tradition

Is it really the case that without evil we cannot have good, that they’re two sides of the same coin and one cannot exist without the other? The same way that tourism can encourage the preservation of socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, it could also bring in foreign elements that are in conflict with their cultural, historical and religious heritage. The Balinese have long acknowledged that good cannot exist without evil, and thus strive to maintain a balance between the people’s rich cultural traditions, the pace of modern life and the powerful impact of western values. Owing much to the Balinese culture and traditions, life on the island is complemented with the evocative manifestations of their beliefs.

Photo Essay: Skincare 101 in Vietnam

A healthy traditional diet combined with a habit of staying away from the sun is skin care 101 in Asia… in Vietnam though, the women totally upped the ante by covering themselves top to toe. I was told that it’s been so since late 1990s, and even more so now that the beauty industry is thriving thanks to economy growth, Western ideologies and of course, traditional Asian values and beliefs; fair skin has long been associated as a symbol of femininity, purity, sophistication and high social class (as opposed to having tanned skin, which is often associated to poverty and hard labor).

Photo Essay: Rungus Tribeswomen

Cultural assimilation; the process by which a person or a group’s language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group. The term is used to refer to both individuals and groups, and in the latter case it can refer to either immigrant diasporas or native residents that come to be culturally dominated by another society. Rungus tribeswomen at the Tip of Borneo… always so empowered yet so gentle in their unique idiosyncrasies – fighting cultural assimilation through kindness and practice of ethnic religion in modern North Borneo. “Knowing the language presents one with a strong selfidentity (sic), a culture with which to identify, and a sense of wellness,” Prof. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, Cultural Survival vs. Forced Assimilation: The Renewed War on Diversity