Cultural universal

A cultural universal (also called an anthropological universal or human universal), as discussed by Emile Durkheim, George Murdock, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Donald Brown and others, is an element, pattern, trait, or institution that is common to all human cultures worldwide. Taken together, the whole body of cultural universals is known as the human condition. Evolutionary psychologists hold that behaviors or traits that occur universally in all cultures are good candidates for evolutionary adaptations. Some anthropological and sociological theorists that take a cultural relativist perspective may deny the existence of cultural universals: the extent to which these universals are "cultural" in the narrow sense, or in fact biologically inherited behavior is an issue of "nature versus nurture".

In his book Human Universals (1991), Donald Brown defines human universals as comprising "those features of culture, society, language, behavior, and psyche for which there are no known exception", providing a list of 67 items.

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KoCACA stage prop manager honored

Korea Times 28 Jan 2022
Lee Byeong-sub, a stage prop manager at the Korean Culture and Arts Centers Association (KoCACA), received this year's "Unsung Hero Award" presented by the Seoul Cyber University at the university's Tchaikovsky Hall, Monday, for his offstage contributions to art and culture....
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'Happy Chinese New Year' activities launched in Malta

China.dot.org 28 Jan 2022
The China Cultural Center in Malta kicked off on Thursday an online Chinese Zodiac cultural and creative exhibition ... 6 together with the Confucius Institute at the University of Malta, the Mediterranean Traditional Chinese ......
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"Happy Chinese New Year" activities launched in Malta

People Daily 28 Jan 2022
The China Cultural Center in Malta kicked off on Thursday an online Chinese Zodiac cultural and creative exhibition ... 6 together with the Confucius Institute at the University of Malta, the Mediterranean Traditional Chinese Medicine ......
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Richard J. Chukonis

The Citizens' Voice 28 Jan 2022
Richard J. Chukonis, 78, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 ... Rich attended Wichita State on a football scholarship ... He later earned his master’s degree in history from the University of Scranton and his master’s degree in world cultures from Bloomsburg University ... Meyers High School ... The Rev. John S....
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China’s Financial Diplomacy Wins Influence in Central Asian Countries

Voa News 28 Jan 2022
Kazakh and Kyrgyz students were top recipients of Chinese state-backed scholarships, and both countries received a large share of Beijing’s language and cultural promotion efforts in the form of Confucius Institutes at the university level and Confucius Classrooms at the primary and secondary school level,” Custer said....
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Rule of law in South Africa protects even those who scorn it

Beijing News 28 Jan 2022
Thompson said (in 1975) the fact that the ruling class was forced to rule by law, and not by abuse of power, was a cultural achievement of universal significance ... The rule of law thus provides a universal benchmark for assessing the accountability of government for the lawful, effective, efficient and uncorrupt provision of goods and services....
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Policymakers, lawmakers respond to opinion voiced online

China Daily 28 Jan 2022
Yang Weidong, law professor at China University of Political Science and Law, said ... Zheng Ning, head of the law department at Communication University of China's Cultural Industries Management School, said that for an incident to trigger heated debate, it needs to touch on feelings prevalent in society....
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Full Text: China's Space Program: A 2021 Perspective (2)

China.dot.org 28 Jan 2022
China's research on space science focuses on scientific questions such as the origin and evolution of the universe, and the relationship between the solar system and humanity ... Promoting Space Education and Culture ... It will encourage the creation of space-related literary and art works to promote space culture....
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Full Text: China's Space Program: A 2021 Perspective

Xinhua 28 Jan 2022
China's research on space science focuses on scientific questions such as the origin and evolution of the universe, and the relationship between the solar system and humanity ... Promoting Space Education and Culture ... It will encourage the creation of space-related literary and art works to promote space culture....
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endawnis Spears announced as 2021-22 Tribal Community Member in Residence

The Brown Daily Herald 27 Jan 2022
She added that the Native American and Indigenous community at Brown is diverse in its representation of different tribes and cultures ... While this mentorship was not official within the University, she added, it is a natural product of the cultural values of mentorship from Indigenous communities which many students bring with them to Brown....
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Army chief Gen Naravane asks personnel to study statecraft from ancient Indian texts

The Times of India 27 Jan 2022
... should be on this as the ‘the ancient texts have universal applicability.’ ... “Our ancient texts have universal applicability and drawing the right lessons would help us not only in strengthening our cultural values, but also in building a credible national security architecture.”....
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As Korean dramas and films ride wave of international success, how long will China remain off-limits?

Korea Times 27 Jan 2022
Back in the day, whether a Korean drama series could raise its production costs depended a lot on its potential profits from China," said Kim Young-jae, a professor with Hanyang University's Department of Culture Contents ... And Kenneth Kim Chi-ho, a professor with the Department of Culture Contents at Hanyang University, said....
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The enduring buzz around bees inspires art and culture through the ages

Phys Dot Org 27 Jan 2022
New multi-disciplinary, international research has found that the appreciation of bees has been recognized throughout history and cultures, represented in diverse art forms from ancient carvings and historic cave art, to the big screen and across social media ... Provided by Curtin University....
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