The Romantic philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744–1803) should be an inspiration for our era of emerging multipolarity. Herder pioneered cultural particularism, teaching us, “No people is the sole God-chosen people.” Translated to present-day parlance: no country or regime represents the universal standard of political and ethical legitimacy.
When Kazakhstan is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the modern metropolis, Astana, or the old capital, Almaty, surrounded by mountains. This time, however, we present the lesser-known Karaganda, where the author of these lines was able to spend nearly a month as part of a researcher exchange programme.
Celebrity architects and revue dancers, great painters and shady characters reminiscent of the world of Jenő Rejtő. And of course business people. They formed the Hungarian community of nearly 150 people in Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, who built their lives and livelihoods thousands of kilometres away from their homeland.
This year, Kazakhstan is celebrating 200 years of Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly, a leading figure in Kazakh traditional music, composer, and versatile dombra performer, whose music reflected personal narratives and stories of Kazakh people in the 19th century, The Astana Times wrote.