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South Korea has another item that’s ready for export. This time it’s not another high-tech marvel but a product of the country’s ancient culture, its own unique writing system known as Hangul, and it’s going to become the alphabet for a tribal grouping in a remote corner of Indonesia.
Who would've ever thought that a mayor of an Indonesian island town would obtain higher government approval of the Cia-Cia tribe using Korea's Hangul in order to save their indigenous spoken language?
Not only is the globe "shrinking," but distinct cultures - and governments - are recognizing the utility of not only knowing about their foreign neighbors but also welcoming external influence.
"In the entertainment community dancers are on the bottom of the totem pole, but not with Madonna. She really respects dance. She comes from our history and background,” said Leroy “Hypnosis” Barnes, one of Madonna’s lead tour dancers. “When we’re on tour, she’s always trying to educate her dancers. She’s very motherly."
After careful consideration and much soul-searching, I have made the decision to contest Haiti's board of election's pronouncement stating that I am ineligible to run for the presidency of the country," Jean's statement said. "I will be seeking a solution through legal channels, and I urge my countrymen to be patient through this process. ... I cannot surrender now, simply because an obstacle has been set before me; now is the time I must stand up and show Haiti -- and the world -- that my vision of a nation renewed and redeveloped is a vision for which I am willing to fight