Sunday, February 28, 2016



Saturday, February 20, 2016

Experience and Culture Make Africans Take Epidemics Seriously

It is not everyday that a government official goes around the village with a loudspeaker to make announcements.  And it is even rarer when the announcement called for all eateries in the area to shut down until further notice.  But the government officials went around this time to sound the alarm for a massive cholera outbreak, people obliged quickly.  When they heard that 80-some victims of the outbreak are already lying in the hospital, having a proper sit-down lunch, no matter how simple, becomes much less important.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Questioning Asian Physical Vanity in the Context of an African Hair Cut

It is a bit unfortunate, but it suffices to say that the average African's hair is not particularly suitable for styling.  Genetically created to be hard and not so malleable, attempts at being creative with what is on top of one's head often involves donning a stylized wig.  Of course, for most local males, who neither see the need nor have the financial resources to keep up with such superficial pursuits, the average hair cut becomes not much beyond shaving off extra hair with a simple electric shaver.  With foreign clientele so few and far in between, foreign males pretty much get the same treatment.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Are Non-Black Africans Incentivized to Assimilate?

This blog has noted in the past about just how separate the expat community is from the local one.  Expats come to have their own restaurants, shops, and hobbies that are often not only financially unreachable but also cultural unpalatable for Tanzanians.  The sad reality is that the phenomenon is not limited to expats.  A holdover from the continent's colonial era, still active populations of white and Indian Africans dot even the remote landscapes of rural townships, sometimes making their presence felt in ethnically familiar expat communities or creating their own separate ones.