S2E7: The Impact of Funding

What happens when one topic or subject can be highly variable in how it’s taught or absorbed — and what does that look like when we mix in funding into education.

We’ve been toying with this question as we’ve traveled the world and found that we have … less than great responses when confronted with alternative perspectives to international politics, wars, and cultural clashes. (#shoutout to our Sunni-Shia episode from season 1 when we tried this irl)

We talked to someone who has experienced first-hand some of the changes in how topics are taught based on where your education is funded from.

An example we referenced: The VOX video on The Rape of Nanking: https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/701998029987802/ 

Our happiness initiative: https://www.positive.news/2017/society/education/30478/woman-uses-positive-news-help-teach-adults-read/ 

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S2E6: Tomayto, Tomahto


We interrupt your regularly scheduled BTB Season for a fun mosaic of anecdotes and hilarious stories of how cultural or language barriers have resulted in issues ranging from plain awkward to just short of international incidents.

Thanks to all of our friends who’ve shared their stories from all around the world.

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Artwork for: Breaking the Eastern Divide

Screen Shot 2018-06-02 at 6.26.08 PM‘Cognitive Dissonance’ is a collage art piece made by stock images found on unsplash.com

In this episode, people share anecdotes of stereotypes they grew up with, and how they had to unlearn them by interacting with others.

Unlearning is a process that induces heavy cognitive dissonance. This collage tries to portray this process by showing Katanas made of flowers superimposed on an inverse of the Japan flag.

S2E5: Breaking the Eastern Divide

This week we stay in the region of Eastern Asia and take a look at breaking stereotypes down by studying some case studies from China, Japan and Korea. We talked to people from each area about how various stereotypes were built up over time… and how they’ve started to be debunked.

Check out some of our sources below as well as the interviews from people all around the world!

VOX does an incredible series on “Borders” and we sampled from their story on North Koreans in Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBfyIQbxXPs 

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S2E4: Escaping the North Korean Bubble

Kim Han-mi watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang in this photo taken by Kyodo
Kim Han-mi, aged 2, watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo May, 8, 2002. With no choice but to defect to South Korea, the Han-mi family including her uncle and grandmother dashed into the Japanese consulate gate in Shenyang, China in May 2002. The scene where two year-old Ham-mi looked on in agony as her mother was being wrestled to the ground by the Chinese police was broadcast around the world and her photograph was transmitted worldwide.  REUTERS/Kyodo

Until now, when we’ve talked about bubbles we’ve assumed that it was each individual’s choices or actions that kept them in an echo chamber. This week, we flip the script and take a look at the one of the world’s most tightly sealed bubbles–North Korea.

What pushes people to escape from this bubble and is there more than one way to break out? We talked to NK expert and Executive Director of Crossing Borders NK, Dan Chung.

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Learn more about Dan and Crossing Borders on their website: https://www.crossingbordersnk.org/

Artwork for: Gender in the Workplace


Check out the artist’s explanation below:

‘Expectations’ is a digital art piece, representing the state of gender in the workplace.

It was inspired by the following quote in the episode, “Women are expected to be more polished to be taken more seriously. Like if I showed up to work 100% disheveled, then I’ know i won’t be taken seriously. But if I’m too groomed and look too good then that makes you seem ditzy and incompetent. So you have to make sure that you’re presenting yourself in all the right ways.”

There are two important aspects in ‘Expectations’; the color and the shapes. The choice of colors is an obvious representation of gender. The shapes signify how men are allowed and accepted in different forms regardless of their ‘edges’, whereas women are expected to be perfect, like a circle. No edges, complete, formidable but non-threatening.

S2E3: Gender in the Workplace


SO. We hear a lot these days about women in the workplace and the really difficult conversations happening around harassment, equal pay, gender biases… the list, sadly, goes on and on.

This week we talked to both men and women in different industries to get a better understanding of the conversations that are (or are not) happening. And ultimately asked the question: What does it take to break through bubbles that are more nuanced than the generalized “glass ceiling” we all hear about so much?

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Links and articles that we used or referenced in this weeks episode:










Artwork for: Breaking Down Beauty


In case you missed it last week, we’ve started a collaboration with Hellay Studios for this season of BTB. You can (and should) follow them right here!

For this week’s piece, here’s an explanation from the artist:

ApolloGs, is a collage art piece made from The Apollo Belvedere (c. AD 120 – 140)  which is a Roman copy of the original Greek sculpture by Leochares, and stock photos of american dollar bills and a rope found on unsplash.com.

In the episode there was a theme of ‘the cosmetic industry profiting off of making people feel ugly.’ This art piece focuses primarily on this theme.

Apollo is the Greek god of the sun and epitomizes the idea of male beauty.  His sculpture represents aesthetic perfection and was considered the ideal in ancient greek society.

In the background, American dollar bills can be seen ‘raining down’ and Apollo is seen holding a rope. The artwork personifies the cosmetics industry as The Apollo Belvedere, a marble sculpture of the god of beauty whose size is much larger than that of an average man, and acts as a metaphor for the enormity and power of the cosmetics industry. Apollo holds a rope which acts as a leash by which consumers are exploited into conforming to a superficial ideal all the while endorsing consumerist behaviur that brings in large profits for the industry.

S2E2: Breaking Down Beauty

Alright this week’s episode is brought to you by … psychology and tons of interesting media/links. No need for me to overly introduce what will probably be some of the most interesting reading you’ll do this week…

Renee Engeln’s book “Beauty Sick”: https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Sick-Cultural-Obsession-Appearance/dp/0062469770

and her blog posts on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/beauty-sick

Happiness Initiative:  https://www.facebook.com/glamour/videos/vb.26815555478/10155603701885479/?type=2&theater

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