12 juin 2011

Religion

  This weekend is a Pentecost holiday (the Christian equivalent of Jewish Shavuot, 50 days after the Passover). What I found surprizng is the contradiction between the fact that the religious holidays are the national days-off, but in the same time most of my French friends seem unaware of their meaning. They explained to me that studying religion is not required (or even prohibited) in French public schools. While I see this effort to separate the education and religion as quite reasonable, and it is precisely in this light... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2011

Intermixing

I am very positively impressed by the cultural integration in France. It is most noticeable when it comes to the interracial couples. You will rarely meet such couples in the US, even in such a diverse city as New York. Indeed, most ethnic/cultural communities in the US are rather closed - after many generations there still remain ell-defined groups of Italians, Russians, Jews, Black etc. The exceptions are Hispanic and Asian immigrants, whose identity is primarily “American” already in the second generation. (As far as I can judge.) ... [Lire la suite]
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