China has sharply scaled back, and restricted, the teaching of languages spoken by ethnic minorities in its vast western regions in recent years, promoting instruction in Chinese instead as part of a broad push to encourage the assimilation of Tibetans, Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into the dominant ethnic Han culture.
Here's why Tibetans are concerned - and how one shopkeeper is fighting to keep Tibetan culture alive.
“My nieces want to become fluent in Tibetan but don’t know where to go. Our words will be lost to them.”
--Tashi Wangchuk, Tibetan shopkeeper who is trying to file a lawsuit to compel authorities to provide more Tibetan education
Here’s an interesting look at how people across the globe treat their elderly - from how they're viewed within various cultures, where they live - and even some surprising "special powers" that certain cultures feel the elderly possess.
You know how it feels to have mixed emotions about a person, an event, a dilemma. Psychologists call this emotional complexity - and a recent study has found that this varies in different cultures. Find out which cultures were found to be the most "emotionally complex" - and what that means for overall well-being.
Hikikomori: Japanese Men Locking Themselves in Their Bedrooms for Years, Creating Social and Health Problems
It is one of the biggest social and health problems facing Japan - about 1 million people, mostly men, have locked themselves in their bedrooms and will not come out.
What's causing it?
"I knew it was abnormal but I didn't want to change. It felt safe here."
--18 year old Yuto Onishi, on his experience of hikikomori