About Cultural Learnings

Cultural Learnings is a newsletter on the cacophonous world of our contemporary culture.

Each issue is introduced with a *pressing* question, followed by commentaries in the form of analysis, links to relevant material — sometimes, even memes. Hopefully, by the end, you’ve found something resembling an answer.

About Me

I’m Sai Villafuerte and I’m a freelance journalist specialising in cultural reporting. My work has been published on VICE, Munchies, HuffPost, Huck, among others.

I also co-founded Edsa, a creative collaboration circumnavigating the worlds of food and creativity. You can subscribe to our creative newsletter on food called Delicious Creativity.

Why?

Cultural Learnings was born out of frustration towards how some traditional publications curated their “Culture” sections, jumbling them haphazardly with features based on generic press releases or listicles on the top ten things to do in your city this week. 

Yet, to me, writing and reporting about culture stems from something more substantial; it bridges discussions in academia, literature and the media on how our day-to-day interactions fit into the current zeitgeist.

Thus, with Cultural Learnings, I hope to provide you, readers, with the tool kit for analysing the flux of your modern lives. In doing so, I dabble in debates on the difference between “hard” versus “soft” news by giving a “bigger picture” on local stories or providing factual, investigative commentaries on “human interest” pieces. 

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