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Linda Constant
Linda Constant has a BA in International Relations and a MA in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. Past experience includes RAND, UN, and producing art exhibitions at The Constant Gallery.
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International Efforts Towards Climate Change: 2004 Tsunami to 2013 Haiyan

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:35 AM

"The climate change battle will be won or lost in Asia," a former White House national security director recently told me during a roundtable on current Asia-Pacific geopolitics. According to him this is a generally accepted concept in most US policy discussions when it comes to the environment, resources, and...

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"Comfort Women" Statue Memorializes Local and Global Human Rights Issues

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:18 PM


Despite the relative social equality that many Western women are able to enjoy today compared to even a few decades ago, many around the world still live under laws that lack appropriate accountability for violence against women. Not surprisingly, social taboos against reporting...

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Diamonds Are Forever? Not Even Close

(10) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 10:34 AM

The diamond industry is one of the world's most loathsome operations simply because it exploits the most impoverished lands and people for a quick first-world buck. These gems that we're all so used to seeing promoted, especially during the holiday season, are no more than sparkly liabilities when it comes...

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We Need to Broaden Our Focus on North Korea

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 12:31 PM

North Korea and the US have finally come to an agreement after years of stagnated nuclear talks: the DPRK will disable their nuclear reactor and facilities as well as allow IAEA inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium. In exchange the US will resume food aid to the...

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K-pop: Soft Power for the Global Cool

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 3:27 PM

From the unapologetic fanaticism that is often connected with hallyu (the recent spread of Korean culture around the globe), it is almost as if the K-pop factor just fell onto the South Korean government's lap, eagerly waiting to be used as an instrument for expanding soft power and cultural engagement...

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Perez Hilton's Blue Ball Birthday Bash

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 1:49 PM

Perez HIlton celebrates his 33rd birthday with the fabulous Blue Ball in Hollywood on Saturday night. Wearing an original 70's inspired jump suit by True Religion, Perez hosted a night of partying and performances. Guests sipped on cocktails by Hpnotiq and were treated to hot shaves by...

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Sauti za Busara: Zanzibar's Ultimate Music Festival

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 7:42 PM

The vast continent of Africa is well known by global travelers to host some of the world's most intriguing cultural festivals, whether it's South Africa's "Grahamstown Festival" and "Splashy Fen," Nigeria's "ThisDay Festival," or Mali's epic "Festival in the Desert." All distinct in their own contexts, a local festival is...

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Thirsty in Tanzania: Africa's Infrastructure Challenge of Climate Change and Development

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 12:51 PM

When most Westerners think of East Africa, the initial images that come to mind may be of civil war-torn Somalia, starving families in Ethiopia, and exotic safaris in Kenya. These representations can be traced to various elements in our information and communication streams -- such as the last time you...

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Balance This Culture: President Hu in U.S. on Wednesday

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 1:30 PM

This Wednesday, Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit the White House for a meeting with state officials that is highly, highly anticipated. The last time he was invited here by a state leader was in 2006, when President Bush offered him a formal lunch (no state dinner, unfortunately -- and...

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Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei is Still Smiling

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 4:19 PM

As news of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's studio demolition, courtesy of Shanghai city authorities, circles the globe and stirs indignation throughout various onlookers (see a previous post from November which prompted a brief Twitter exchange between myself and @aiww), what is important now is to note the artist's...

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Celebrating Brian Bowen Smith's "The Men + Women of Marc Jacobs"

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 2:09 PM

The coolest event in Los Angeles last night was photographer Brian Bowen Smith's launch for his new book, The Men + Women of Marc Jacobs, a fabulous collection of images with the global Marc Jacobs "family."

For more photos visit Balance of Culture.

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BBM Lounge 3.0 celebrates Mark Salling's "Pipe Dreams" album release

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Last night Xomad continued their highly anticipated BBM Lounge tastemaker event series in Hollywood, celebrating the release of Pipe Dreams, the premiere album from Glee's Mark Salling. Various Glee cast members, Universal Music executives and young tech-savvy Los Angeles socialites enjoyed a memorable evening of live music, innovative...

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A Different Kind of P2P: The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 6:28 AM

In a recent CBS Sunday Morning program on The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quite rationally asserts, "I think there are certainly times music conveys American values better than a speech." Of course, most people usually expect to hear Secretary Clinton...

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A Quick Look at the BBM Tastemaker Lounge Series

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 7:52 PM

The MTV Video Music Awards always brings a ton of excitement to its chosen host city and this year was no exception. With so many different types of events and parties crammed into a mere couple of days, Angelenos -- and all of their out-of-town comrades, of course -- certainly...

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Cultural Reorientation in Africa: Nigeria's "Project Runway"

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Nigeria's image in Western media is a complex combination of exoticism, intrigue and danger. While most people are well acquainted with Nollywood (now the second largest film industry after India's Bollywood), we are often simultaneously inundated with images of another Nigeria that has nothing to do with entertainment. With the...

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Living in the Imagination of the World: Treme, Cultural Diplomacy and the International Exhibition

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 11:03 AM

If you saw the premiere of HBO's Treme this past weekend, you'll probably remember the scene where Albert Lambreaux (played by The Wire's Clarke Peters) stands in front of his friend's porch, donning an extravagantly feathered and beaded Native American-influenced costume. While most people around him are concentrating on getting...

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The Foundation of Movement: Cultural Diplomacy

(4) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 12:38 PM

When Romola Nijinsky first introduced American cultural figure Lincoln Kirstein to choreographer George Balanchine following a 1933 Les Ballets performance in London, the widow of famed ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky may have known exactly how significant the meeting of these two artistic forces were. Though Kirstein and Balanchine were both...

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