Cultural Equity Dialogues


Cultural Equity Dialogues: Media

Participants discuss topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.Editor’s Note: This is the third article in ACTA’s Cultural Equity Dialogues.  Based on ACTA's community forum, Building Cultural Equity Through the Traditional Arts, held in Los Angeles in February 2010, the Cultural Equity Dialogues are a series of online, interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by posting your own comments and stories below.

Jerry Yoshitomi, Meaning Matters LLC
How does media impact cultural equity?  What are the issues –the portrayal of culturally specific traditions and communities?  The participation of people of color and underrepresented communities at decision-making levels in broadcasting?  Commercial vs. public ownership?

Cultural Equity Dialogues: The Teacher's Gift

By Prumsodun Ok

Editor's Note: The Teacher's Gift is an essay by Cambodian classical dancer Prumsodun Ok in response to the Leadership segment of ACTA's Cultural Equity Dialogues, a series of interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by posting your own comments and stories below.

Once, a long time ago, there lived a powerful hermit.  He had under his tutelage three very capable and intelligent students and wanted to bestow a most precious gift upon the most deserving of them.  There was Moni Mekhala, goddess of the seas, and the storm demon Ream Eyso; Prince Vorachhun studied magic with the wise man as well.  Seeing their abilities, the hermit could not decide who to give his gift to so he conceived a contest in which the winner would receive the prize.  He told his students sitting in respect below him, whom he loved like his own children, “Whoever should bring me back a glass full of morning dew first will be master of this gift.”