May 2014 without USA and UK summary

I was fed up of the USA and UK dominance in culture, so I designated May 2014 as a month without USA and UK. This is the long awaited summary.

Reason

Why I did that? Because I can’t even take a step outside without being surrounded by USA and UK culture. Wait, no, even without going outside I’m surrounded by USA/UK culture. Majority of science fiction or fantasy books are from USA and UK (especially in libraries). Most TV series in Polish TV/cable TV too. I don’t even want to think about music – radio station and music TV channels are infested with USA/UK artists.

It wasn’t easy to watch TV. It was really hard, actually. Only very few channels were free of USA/UK programmes. I had to be very picky, look up the TV guides or watch what I recorded earlier. Too bad a lot of films were co-produced either by USA or UK.

It’s not that I hate USA or UK, and have something against those countries culture. It’s just… too much of it everywhere. Hardly any differences between Poland and Indonesia, for example. This kind of globalisation is a big no-no.

I invite you to see the notes from exploring culture in around 50 countries from around the world, but most of them are European.

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No USA and UK week 5

The last week of May 2014 without USA and UK culture. This week will end on Saturday, 31st May 2014.

Films, TV Series

I Watched

  • Dzika Polska (Wild Poland) is a documentary TV series about Polish wildlife and places. The main hero of the episode was Matylda, a female elk that isn’t afraid of people. [Poland]
  • L’Europe est -elle chretienne? A TV documentary about Christianity in nowadays Europe. [France]
  • Flikken Maastricht. Crime TV series. [The Netherlands]
  • Pitbull. TV series about policemen in Warsaw fighting with organised crime groups. [Poland]
  • Dobrze, że jesteś by Video. A music video in Polish Sign Language.
  • 爱出猫 (Trick or Cheat). Dancing junior high school students. [Hong Kong]
  • スパイラル〜推理の絆 (Spiral: suiri no kizuna). A detective TV series anime. [Japan]
  • Europas Wilder Osten. TV documentary about nature, an episode on Slovakian part of Tatra National Park. [Germany/Slovakia]
  • Les Rois Guerriers De Sibérie (Warrior Kings of Siberia). Historical TV series about Siberia. I watched an episode about Nadym fort. [France/Russia]
  • Le secret de Chanda (Life Above All). [South African Republic/Germany]

Music

I Listened to

Books

Currently Reading

  • Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov. [Russia] I read Polish version “Wykłady o literaturze rosyjskiej”.
  • Waktu Aku Sama Mika by Indi. [Indonesia.] The book is in Indonesian only.
  • Cybernetyczne laleczki, SF anthology. [Slovakia & Czech]
  • Otoyomegatari. [Japan]

That ends my challenge. Finally. 😉

No USA and UK week 4

I designated May 2014 as a month without USA and UK culture. This way I wanted to protest against the dominance of USA and UK culture. And see if there’s a possibility to run away from that domination.

So here are the 4th weeks’ records, from 19 to 25 May 2014. The records are fragmented, I was too busy to pay attention to write them down. This is what I remembered, mostly European.

Films, TV series

I Watched

  • Flikken Maastricht. Regular TV series in my schedule already. [The Netherlands]
  • Homo Father. A film about two gays who suddenly need to take care of a small child. [Poland]
  • Lieder, Land and Leute. A TV series about German music (local bands) and places in which it flourish. I watched about Austria’s Styria region. In TVS the series is called “Muzyczne podróże”. [Germany/Austria]
  • Secrets in the Dust. Archaeology TV series. [Germany]
  • Shall we dansu? A film about married Japanese man starting learning ballroom dances. [Japan]
  • Spiral ~ suiri no kizuna ~ anime TV series. [Japan]

Music

I Listened to

  • Addis Abeba album by Maleo Reggae Rockers. [Poland]
  • Plug & Play. Number 1 from Poland in EuroMusic Contest 2014. [Poland]

Books

I Read

  • Silas Corey: Le réseau Aquila volume 1. A detective/spy comic set in France During the First World War. [France]

Currently Reading

  • Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov. [Russia] I read Polish version “Wykłady o literaturze rosyjskiej”.
  • Waktu Aku Sama Mika by Indi. [Indonesia.] The book is in Indonesian only.
  • Cybernetyczne laleczki, SF anthology. [Slovakia & Czech]

Exhibitions

I saw following exhibitions.

  • Po prostu męża mi brakuje by Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska. Photos of widows. The Polish title means “I just miss my husband”. A gallery in the Old Town in Warsaw (Stara Prochownia). Until 1st June 2014. [Poland]
  • Świat w ilustracji dziecięcej by Anna Kacprzak. Colourful illustrations in Galeria Brzozowa in Warsaw Old Town. Until 8th June. [Poland]

 

 

No USA and UK week 3

I designated May 2014 my month without USA and UK culture. It’s already third week, and it’s getting more and more fun.

During third week (12-18 May 2014) there was the Long Night of the Museums in Warsaw. Lot of possibilities to see the various cultures in museums or take part in other cultural activities.

Films, TV series

I’m still watching only selected channels and very selected programmes. I started watching  historical programmes on Polsat Viasat History (Swedish channel) when I learnt many series are produced outside USA and UK.

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No USA and UK week 2

I designated May 2014 my month without USA and UK culture. I did it to show how big the dominance is, and it’s my small protest against it.

First week (1-4 May) overlapped with Polish long weekend (1st & 3rd May, national holiday, free days) which also means “special programmes”.

Second week is just a regular week, except the Eurovision contest, aired by TVP. All the stages, two semi-finals and finals. UK has always guaranteed place in final. Despite that, I can’t just ditch it.

Films, TV series

TV

As you know from week 1, watching TV is really tiresome and demanding. It requires a lot of planning beforehand. So I need to use TV guides. But it’s not so easy, either. The first online TV guide I went to,  recommended several films (aired on evenings in different channels) all of them made in USA or co-produced by USA.

Because the programmes that I’m interested in often air in “strange” hours, I have to record them. I also have some programmes recorded a long time ago, not watched yet.

I watched

  • Eurovision semi-finals and final. [Europe, set in Copenhagen]. TVP1.
  • Słownik polsko@polski (Polish@Polish dictionary) – a TV programme about language correctness in Polish. With the guru professor Miodek. [Poland]
  • Made in Polska – a concert of Katarzyna Nosowska. [Poland]
  • Igra (Игра) – 1st episode of TV series. [Russia] Youtube.
  • Flikken Maastricht (Polish title: Policjanci z Maastricht) – an episode of police TV series in TVS channel. [The Netherlands]
  • Paris (Polish title: Niebo nad Paryżem). [France]

Music

Radio

Internet radio, with selected programmes is the way to go. Do you have any suggestion on no-USA and no-UK radio channels?

I listened to

  • Catch the Wave on Arirang Radio. [South Korea]
  • Born Kim – Future Color CD [South Korea]
  • Glay – UNITY ROOTS & FAMILY, AWAY CD [Japan]
  • io casino [Andorra]
  • Amazon Zero [France]

Books

I read

  • The Hour of the Stars by Clarice Lispector. [Brazil]

Currently reading

 

  • Józef Mak by Jozef Ciger Hronsky. [Slovakia]
  • Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov. [Russia] I read Polish version “Wykłady o literaturze rosyjskiej”.
  • Waktu Aku Sama Mika by Indi. [Indonesia.] The book is in Indonesian only.

Got owned

  • Eurovision, UK artist inside. 😉