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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, 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…