Posts Tagged ‘cultural identity’

Thanksgiving=Diversity Squared

November 25, 2013

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On Thanksgiving do we recognize collaboration between diverse peoples or do we inadvertently celebrate the return of Pilgrims from a successful massacre of over 700 Native Americans? Without a unifying narrative to give shape to our national values, most people will shop instead. Diversity has become an exponential issue generating more anxiety than solutions – all the more reason to participate in and continue this unwieldy conversation.

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Identity and Environments

February 5, 2012

from geograph.org.uk

When I spent time with my grandmother in McAdoo, PA, I found myself speaking with that inflected “yous” that meant “you.” As a student at Wesleyan University I was very open and even funny.  I spent some time in the Philippines as a child, and still retain some native culture style naturalness. At home, I yearn to bake and knit. Each of these places and the people who inhabit them constitute a solid core of my personality.

People I work with describe being multi-cultural, or of being mixed races; or of having a variety of racial and class affiliations.  In addition, some people very strongly believe themselves to be a part of their landscapes, like farmers or rangers. Others claim that they belong to the sea, while some insist that they are only mountain or city people.  Still people point to relationships, historical events, and memorable moments in their childhoods that mark their sense of self. (more…)


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