cultural awareness

Total War: Three Kingdoms

I discovered Total War: Three Kingdoms, part of the Total War(*) computer game series by The Creative Assembly and SEGA that is set in China during the period of the Three Kingdoms, in the summer of 2019. This experience, coupled with listening to the audiobook version of The Revenge of Geography got me once again thinking about cultural ignorance (I previously wrote about it here) in Western societies(**). I am a “Total War veteran,” I own most of the Total War games and spent a lot of time on them. But Three Kingdoms is a real struggle. Whereas there is a basic familiarity with the events, geography, and people of the period with all of the other TotalRead More →

Muslims have been living in Germany for over 40 years. For over 40 years they have been part of the German community. And still, great parts of German society have no awareness whatsoever on how Muslims think, believe, and feel. German newspaper Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reports that a small German brewery wanted to land a publicity stunt for the upcoming soccer World Championship and started a small production line with the bottle caps of participating nations. Flag awareness and respect for national flags being so low in Germany (a sad story for another time), the brewery did not think that any nation would have a problemRead More →