Cultural Reads 76: Worldschooling, Underdeveloped Countries & Insta Music

Good morning, 

And welcome to the Cultural Reads Newsletter with worldwide book, music, and movie recommendations. 

In today’s newsletter: Underdeveloped Countries, Worldschooling, Vietnamese Books, Instagram Music, Ghanian Novel & Food Movie.

🌍 Underdeveloped Countries

I’m not a fan of dividing the world into underdeveloped and developing countries. 

Here are 4 reasons why.

📕 Top 10 Vietnamese Books

One of the best things I’ve ever done was to visit Vietnam with my family. 

I read some fantastic books there and wanted to share the 10 best Vietnamese books today! 

I’m also working on a Vietnam package to share all my favorite places, hotels, bars, restaurants, and everything you need to know about Vietnamese culture. 

If you’re interested, click YES here

🎧 Use Instagram for Music

Do you like hashtags but want to stop #doomscrolling? Use your Instagram to discover new music worldwide instead. 

Here are four accounts to follow:

1. a1234music shares a daily song by artists from different countries.

2. Vertigo Vinyl is a young record store owner sharing his favorite albums.

3. Dusttodigital is one of my favorites, sharing videos from followers who make music worldwide.

4. Kolo Gana is a rapper who samples music from around the world for his songs. 

📙 Homegoing (Ghana)

Homegoing is one of the best contemporary novels, with a 4.5/5 on Goodreads and a nomination for best historical fiction book in 2016.

The book tells the story of two half-sisters born in 18th-century Ghana. One marries a British slave trader, and the other is sold into slavery.

The novel traces their family’s lineage over generations, from colonial Ghana to the American South and Harlem, illuminating the lasting impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the resilience of the human spirit.

🍿 Estomago (Brazil)

I have two more weeks in Brazil, and I am trying to watch as many Brazilian movies as possible.

One movie that I particularly liked was Estomago (stomach), a comedy with a dark twist.

For Raimundo, food is much more than just some daily meals. It is a way to survive and find a place in society.

Although he’s seemingly doing a good job as a chef, flashforwards show he ended up in jail. How could this have happened?

Find out on Netflix.

✈️ Worldschooling

In recent years, digital nomads and remote work have become very popular.

But how do you manage when you have kids that need to go to school?

Unsurprisingly, several initiatives popped up, including worldschooling.

Here is how it works. Thanks for the tip, Tim!

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