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by The People's Republic of Khstanaland. . 4 reads.

Cultural Overview

Khstanaland is greatly influenced by eastern cultures. This influence can be seen by Confucianism, which established many traditions that can be seen in Khstanaland today. These traditions include the ethical code of conduct in social life and showing respect to the elders and family. Family is the most important part of Khstanian society and the father is the leader of the family. They also believe in a hierarchical structure and children help their parents and must obey them and show respect to the elders. As Confucius teachings have a deep influence on Khstanian lives, they believe in duty, loyalty, honor and sincerity. Thatís why children live with their parents after they became adults as they believe it is their duty to take care of their parents.
Khstanians also believe in sincerity and loyalty and follow certain codes of conduct while meeting, eating, praying and even celebrating. At times when many other cultures would shake hands, Khstanians bow. They bow as a sign of gratitude and respect to the person they are meeting. Khstanian cuisine is largely based on rice, noodles, vegetables, fish and meats. The Khstanian culture is based on politeness and respect and this is clearly evident in Khstanian table manners. The government is heavily involved with maintaining and advancing the traditional fine arts and other cultural features as an expression of nationalism. The selection of cultural items is based on communist ideology, and writers and artists attempt to enhance class consciousness and propagate the superiority and independence of Khstanian culture. Historically, graphic design in Khstanaland was influenced by the Soviet bloc and by Khstanian tradition. It has tended to use a "Khstanian palette" of bright colours. All Khstanian writers, artists, dancers, and musicians are assigned to government institutions such as the National Theatre for the Arts and the State Symphony Orchestra and provincial organizations of music, ballet, and drama. Khstanaland is famous for its "mass games". Mass games are the culminating annual celebrations of the state leader's birthdays and the rituals commemorating the foundation of the state. These are exhibitions where thousands of Khstanians perform highly choreographed dances, especially traditional dances, and gymnastics, often engaging in simultaneous rhythms of movement. The performers sing and chant their loyalties to the leader, the PRK, and to the principle implemented by the state. Museums have been well supported by the government, and many archaeological sites have been excavated to promote the growth of a strong nationalistic feeling. The Khstanian Central News Agency controls the dissemination of information, and all papers are strictly censored. The government long has recognized the importance of radio and television as mass media, and they have played a great role in ideological education. Schools teach a more nationalistic course with emphasis on Khstanian history and leaders, though Marxist underpinnings remained. Radio broadcasts reach all parts of the country. Khstanian culture is characterized by the rise and domination of the government-imposed style of socialist realism, with all other trends severely repressed. At the same time, a degree of social liberalization included more equality for women.