Lancer Radio channels spirits of the dearly departed

Share: A colorful and wonderfully decorated Dia de los Muertos altar at the front of the room presented itself as a stage for the dearly departed and celebrities like the beloved Selena Quintanilla. Candles, ornamented skulls and bright flowers adorned the altar. Disney’s “Coco” was projected on two screens while traditional Mexican music filled the room. Tamales, conchas and hot chocolate made the perfect trio for playing Loteria with fellow peers.  Follow:

Around the World in an afternoon: PCC International Fair

Share: Traditional Japanese Taiko drum beats resounded as students poured out of their classes. What was a barren concrete quad just hours earlier became a colorful, lively array of tables. Each individual booth showcased a different linguistic culture represented by the foreign language departments on campus, as well as local and on-campus groups that promote global awareness. Lines quickly formed to engage with the variety of crafts and heritage information and, perhaps most enthusiastically, to sample the diverse foods. Follow:

The Pinata District: More than just Pinatas

Share: On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, I found myself in an area of  Los Angeles known as the “Pinata District.” Which as it sounds, had hundreds if not thousands of pinatas for sale, but the pinatas were just a small part of what the market had to offer. An authentic experience of street food from multiple Latin America countries made that 45 minute trip from my home worthwhile. Follow:

Anthropology professors bring culture to the airwaves

Share: A new culture-based talk show is headed to Lancer Radio as a result of a collaboration between two anthropology professors. The Super O Show, hosted by Alexis Altounian and Mark Gordon transforms the broad, highly academic topic of culture into entertaining discussion. Even the show’s name was derived from the academic work of the famous anthropologist Alfred Kroeber. Kroeber taught at UC Berkeley, where he wrote numerous books and articles on culture. “One of [Kroeber’s] most famous articles outlines the concept of the superorganic,” …