Condoleezza Rice was born November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up surrounded by racism in the segregated South but went on to become the first woman and first African American to be a Stanford University provost. She was appointed National Security Adviser by George W. Bush in 2001, and served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from January 2005-2009.
JFK in Rice Hat, with Jackie - Crowley Rice Festival, 1959 In October 1959, aspiring presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie were guests at the International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana. They were hosted by Judge and Mrs Edmund M. Reggie. Photo archive of Kennedy visit (Photos property of the Edmund Reggie family)
Japanese sweets, Manju (饅頭 まんじゅう?) is a popular traditional Japanese confection. There are many varieties of manjū, but most have an outside made from flour, rice powder and buckwheat and a filling of an (red bean paste), made from boiled azuki beans and sugar. They are boiled together again and kneaded; varieties of bean paste use include koshian, tsubuan, and tsubushian.
Kerambit knife and sheath - The kerambit is believed to have originated among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of big cats. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. The kerambit was eventually dispersed through what are now Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines...