Language Identity And Culture
Summary of videos
In “The power of diversity within yourself” Rebecca Hwang discussed difficulties she had to faced while first finding her own identity. She was born in Korea, her upbringing was in Argentina and her education was from United States. After all the challenges she realized that in today’s world having an diverse background can be of huge advantage to one. And instead of making such people feel discomfort communities should embrace them and the benefits of their complex identities. Communities should not find individualities among them instead they should find out commonalities and try to bring them together. In “Don't ask me where Im from ask where Im a loca” Taiye significantly explain the concept of locality. She said that our surroundings, our local experiences and our friends define us instead of our background. Taiye suggests that we should be ask where are we locals rather than where are we from. She shared her experience of racism and feeling of detachment in exploring her own identity. According to her its 3R's (Rituals, Relationships and Restrictions) that help us to think about our locality. In “Between two cultures” by Smriti Ram, she emphazise on how important it is for communities to embrace the people with diverse identities and should respect their cultural. Communities should embrace them so that they should bring the good people of world together. In “The longer one Franco-Americans in Maine” it is discussed that Franco-Americans were the team of people with French blood in America. As they have their different language and different religion which they were practicing in their new homes as well, they were being discriminated and were being slurring. In schools students were not allowed to speak French and those who spoke were beaten by the Americans. Even teachers considered those students as impure.
In these videos (Rebecca Hwang, Taiye Selsai, Smrithi Ram and Franco Americans in Manie) were first generation immigrants. They all grew up facing very complex challenges in reconciling their own identity because they were living in different cultures along with different surroundings around them. They all experienced racism and cultural detachment. They have to struggle a lot in finding their own identity. They all stated that communities should not detached the people with different background, cultural, experience and language, instead they should be embraced as such people can bring the world together on the basis of common grounds.
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