Ukraine Moves to Ban Russian Culture

Key Excerpt: “This law will ban the publishing and distributing of books written by Russian citizens (with similar exemptions to those for music) though this will not apply to books already published in Ukraine.”

Supporting Article: BBC News

Ricardo’s Summary: Culture is composed of five main elements; beliefs, values, norms, language, and symbols. Music and art tend to fall into the symbol category, although they definitely express the beliefs, values, and norms of a society. Most books, of course, express all five elements of culture.

The Ukrainian parliament voted to ban Russian music, art, and books in public spaces due to the invasion of their country. Makes sense I suppose. If you don’t want people to have any sense of affinity or emotion with another culture, don’t allow those things that might produce affinity or emotion.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you support the Ukrainian government banning Russian music and art, or do you think it’s taking the war too far? Should the war with guns, tanks, and missiles be extended to be a war on culture?

I mean, on May 13, the Russians did bomb the House of Culture that was being used to distribute aid to people in need. I mean, that in and of itself would be enough to want to turn off the music.

Is this any different from certain segments of American society wanting to ban music and art (statues) from public spaces because they believe they should be removed from influencing society?

I don’t have all the answers for you here, but I do think it’s important to think about it.

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Ricardo González is the founder and CEO of Bilingual America. He is the author of multiple books on cultural communications and is considered by many to be one of the foremost cultural experts in the world.

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