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December 2002


We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the December 2002 issue of NGM.

Hawaii Thumbnail The Hawaiians
More than 180 years ago, Hawaiians began to experience the suppression of their culture when Christian evangelists formally banned the storytelling art of hula. Later the Hawaiian language was officially forbidden. Before long, generations of people had become disconnected from their traditional culture. But Hawaiian voices were never completely silenced. Now old and young are embracing the ways of their ancestors. In today's global community, where cultural influences are exchanged freely, why is such a move toward tradition important? What other issues of cultural identity are important to you? Enter>>
PT 109 Thumbnail The Search for  PT 109
After a Japanese destroyer struck PT 109 in the waters of the Solomon Islands the morning of August 2, 1943, a young Lt. John F. Kennedy hauled an injured crewman to safety, later swimming four hours with the sailor in tow. Upon his return home, Kennedy was honored as a hero. What does heroism mean to you? Who are the heroes in your life? Enter>>
Kabul Thumbnail A New Day in Kabul
As the people of Kabul pick up the pieces of their lives, they do so with decided enthusiasm. But despite all the optimism, the presence of international peacekeepers is a constant reminder of the political violence that still erupts. How far should peacekeeping forces go to maintain stability in Afghanistan's capital? How large a role should the international community play in rebuilding nations? Enter>>
Hip Zips Hip Zips
Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we're going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes as well. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>
Holiday Spirit Thumbnail Holiday Spirit
The uncertainty of today's world presents us with so many challenges that it is difficult for some to feel the holiday spirit. Yet for others, hard times bring them and their loved ones closer together. How are recent events affecting your holiday spirit? Enter>>
 

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