Métis(se) (Mixed-race) by Yannick Noah feat. Diziz La Peste, 2003

The song “Métis” (mixed-race, in French) is an anthem to the beauty of a world where people from different cultures and backgrounds come together to give birth to a generation of mixed-race children who are open minded and accept the “other” in all their differences.

Japanese Childhood Rituals, Milestones, and Traditions

In Part II of our Cultural Perspective on Japan, we discuss Japanese childhood rituals, milestones, and traditions. To read Part I, ‘Ninkatsu to Ansei: Pregnancy to Postpartum the Japanese Way,’ click here.  Childhood: Rituals, Milestones, and Traditions Mikkaiwai At three days of life, the mikkaiwai – third day rite – occurs. The baby is given a…

Finland: Sauna at the Heart of Family Life

One of my earliest and fondest childhood memories is that of visiting our family’s summer cottage in Tohmajärvi, Finland. This was a summer ritual. One year, my grandfather and his friends build a new sauna building from an old worksite barrack or site hut. It was heated up nearly every evening. There was no shower…