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Lucky and Unlucky Numbers in China, Japan, Korea … and Around the World

Every country and culture has its own superstitions, especially when it comes to numbers. In the US, for example, the number 13 is considered bad luck, and it’s why you’ll rarely see a 13th floor in hotels and some taller buildings. On the other hand, the number 7 is considered lucky, especially when there are three 7s in a row.

Some people are so averse to certain numbers that they avoid buying houses or getting phone numbers and license plates with their unlucky numbers. They’ll also avoid certain dates that have unlucky numbers (Friday the 13th, for example).

How eating disorder recovery plans aren’t accommodating of cultural foods

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Trigger warning: This article discusses eating disorders.

The only food Lauren Kim really wanted to eat during her eating disorder was Korean food. Her relationship with the cuisine had been complex since she was 5 years old. Her fellow students’ comments on her lunches made her feel different, so she would ask her mother for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead of bulgogi. Years later, homesick at college and grappling with newly raised questions about race and identity, Korean food was all she wanted to eat. 

Logan Paul Doesn’t Think Harassing People With Pokéballs in Japan Was Culturally Insensitive

Logan Paul does not think he was being culturally insensitive when he displayed his obnoxious behavior during his infamous trip to Japan earlier this year.  

Paul, who earned universal outrage after posting the “suicide forest” video in January, recently sat down with popular filmmaker/YouTube creator Casey Neistat for a one-on-one interview.

Why Chicken Feet is Extremely Good For You

Chicken feet have long been part of many of the world’s cuisines — in Asia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand are just some countries that have their own special ways of preparing it.

But not everyone in these places eats chicken, let alone its feet. Why some do is puzzling for those who don’t — after all, a chicken only has one pair, so it’s unlikely an everyday dish.

Why You’re an Idiot If You Think People Should Only Speak English in America

In the wake of rampant and terrifyingly blatant racism that transports us into an alternate reality stuck in the previous century or older, we become curious of socio-cultural events that would somehow explain the roots of such idiocy.

For starters, the least one can do is get facts straight, so that in the unfortunate happenstance that another idiot forces someone to speak a language because of where his/her feet are, one hell of a schooling session can break loose.

‘Qipao Girl’ Gets Support From China After Sparking ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Debate on Twitter

Keziah Daum, the American teenager who stirred a massive debate online for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to prom, has received praise and support from Chinese netizens.

The 18-year-old student from Utah was heavily criticized on Twitter for her Chinese qipao, or cheongsam dress, with many accusing her of “cultural appropriation.”