by Sammie Wills, ’16
There are few things I find more beautiful than the ability to resist oppression through happiness. There is a certain strength and grace in creating joy despite aggressors’ attempts to diminish hope. This joy can be embodied through the dance and song and art of a culture, passed down to remember and celebrate the resistance engendered by a people.
This very mode of resistance demonstrates why I love culture shows.
First, I must be careful to note that there are indeed multiple problematic aspects of culture shows. The culture show itself is, and will always be, a highly-romanticized, typically-westernized performance of native cultures and traditions. Continue reading