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Cultural Diversity, Languages and Literature

A recommended approach or two to cultural diversity

June 21, 2016

When I opened the cover of my first book during the first hour of the first day of the first month in the first year of my BA Degree in Languages, Literature and Creative Writing, I had no idea of what I was letting myself in for. Because of my own cultural, aesthetic and vocational aspirations, I had a fair enough idea of where I wanted this study journey to take me. But, boy was it long and hard. One of my cousins has been particularly vocal in her remarks over my perceived high levels of intelligence and intellect. She echoes what others also make of me. But little do they all know how much I have struggled. Continue Reading…

Cultural Diversity

What it means to be culturally diverse

June 21, 2016

She has a right to her privacy and to divulge nothing about her personal life to me.

But I have the distinct and pleasurable suspicion that, like me, she is culturally diverse. If she is entirely unhappy with this affirmation, she will, at some stage call upon me to never mention her again, or simply perform an edit of the work I am doing for her. But I am also positive in my affirmation that none of this will happen. After all, readers here are not privy to her name, her line of work, her religion or culture. Continue Reading…

Cultural Diversity

The two Hannah’s

June 21, 2016

This is a very short story about two very different women. In both good ways and bad, they are as culturally apart as women of the world come. Both of them are from a different era, quite possibly from a time since long before you were born. This is certainly the case where I am concerned, anyway. This short post on the lives and times of the two Hannah’s is based on fact. It is inspired from real life and the events that surrounded them and in which they were involved really did happen in history.

Let us begin with the first Hannah who was born before the second one and long before us anyway. For Hannah, jobs were never easy to come by, not because there was a drastic shortage of them but mainly because she had a very serious problem which she was quite ashamed of. Had she lived in today’s times, she would have learnt that there was nothing to be ashamed of and that, particularly today, she would have been able to learn how to overcome this particular disability of which she is not the only one to be afflicted with. Continue Reading…

Cultural Diversity, Languages and Literature

How my cultural journey started

June 21, 2016

Initially, I had thought that at some stage of my earlier cultural life, my journey towards cultural diversity had been dormant for a while. But when I think about it now, this was never the case. In more recent years of my adult life, I have been quite active in enriching and empowering myself. Before that, before I proactively began my subconscious journey towards being a culturally diverse woman, I had still surreptitiously been on that growth path. Let us begin right from the very beginning.

From the earliest possible age when toddlers are able to begin learning and adapting to their cognitive thinking abilities, my mother read me stories. And because she was such an endearing story teller, I loved every word I heard come from her mouth, even if I did not understand them at the time. By the time I had reached school-going age, my mother and father would pump me with books, even when the occasion did not warrant this. I could have been branded a spoilt child, but, in actual fact, I became a gifted young girl. Continue Reading…