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Cultural Appropriation: Context Matters

From my research, I can safely conclude that catastrophic cultural appropriation can be avoided if the “borrowing” group not only respects, but also credits the original culture. Take the Japanese women dressing as Chicanas, for example. The video created by Refinery29 uncovers the complexity of cultural appropriation and helps audiences to understand how cultural appropriation may be instigated by a deep respect for another culture. In a conversation between host Connie Wang and Denise Sandoval, a professor of Chicana & Chicano studies at California State University Northridge, about the Japanese adoption of Chola style, an important realization was uncovered: the Japanese women were “making their own meaning” from Chicana culture and “finding liberation and freedom in” it. To me, this form of cultural appropriation feels acceptable, as the Japanese women are defying their conservative and feminine cultural confines by embodying the fierce and rebellious Chicana spirit. They are using cultural appropriation as a form of self-expression. -- Culture Affinity Magazine

COVID-19: Mono Becomes California’s Most Highly Infected County per Capita

Steve Graves, Professor of Geography at CSUN and creator of the National COVID-19 Interactive Map says, “Tourism is probably a driver of the rates we see in Mono County.” An exceptionally low population density combined with ease of travel to and from highly infected areas could possibly help explain why Mono has become the state’s most highly infected county. -- Sierra Wave

Are California Universities Ready to Bring Abortion Pills to Their Campus?

“Some of us [have a] really tiny footprint like [CSUDH] [but some schools] like Cal State Northridge, they have practically a hospital over there. So one shoe does not fit all of our feet and the way the law is written, it sure treats us all like that and it doesn’t factor in the proximity to very accessible services.” -- College Post

'It was awesome': Goshen native featured on Netflix show

Most of the filming of the show took place in June 2018 on the campus of California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. Hale said there were 10-straight 12-15-hour days of filming in order to get everything for the show. Nobody was allowed to be on their phones except when they ate lunch. They all wore the same clothes every day, but were allowed to go home if they could. Since Hale lived nearby, he was able to go home every night. -- Goshen News - IN

Shirley Wild: Soroptimist International of Artesia-Cerritos raises more than $58,000 for annual programs with Monte Carlo Night fundraiser

To introduce the attendees, most of whom had not visited the LBRMH before, tours were held throughout the evening. This was their opportunity to learn more about the House and to celebrate Black History Month. The event was held Feb. 27 to introduce people to the LBRMH and to learn “who we are and what we do.” The Black History Month message was given by King Carter, a retired professor at Cal State Northridge and LA Harbor College. -- Long Beach Press-Telegram