We are all aware of the meaning of diversity since teachers and professors brought them up in every discussion about culture and beliefs. For me, it is the differences among the people, traditions, organizations, and even ideas. It is the different insights and perspectives to a particular thing, and it happens across the world. But, according to Merriam Webster, diversity means being composed of differing elements. And it supports the idea I have in my mind about it.
I want o share a video I watched on Youtube that tackles diversity and being in a different race from others. The link to the video is below, and you can check it out yourself. Furthermore, I will share my insights and opinion about it through this article.
My thoughts about the lady's exaggeration in mocking the people from England:
The man approached the lady and asked where she came from and then insisted on knowing the lady's ethnicity. In my perspective, the way the man was asking is quite offensive and rude on the lady's part since he sounded like a racist. Then when the lady demonstrated the characteristics of people from England, there was an obvious exaggeration to get her revenge towards the man. I say the lady was offended and thought of revenge by mocking the characteristics of the man's native ethnicity.
Meeting and talking with people who have different accents are the closest example of this. Sometimes we experience having new classmates at school from other provinces, and you can hear pronunciations not familiar with your ears. I did not become judgmental but had the slightest weird feeling of hearing their dialects.
On the other hand, people must not normalize laughing with unfamiliar beliefs, cultures, or accents. You will meet and talk to them, but avoid having weird and offensive facial expressions as you hear how they speak and express themselves. It would be best to show them your appreciation and have an open mind that not everyone shares the same language, accent, and culture. Let them express themselves in ways they are comfortable and used to without getting judgments from you and others.
Sometimes we are ignorant of the things and people strange to us, which makes things worse. People have differences, especially in culture and beliefs. It would be best to understand and be aware of them to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts when reaching different people. How?
Be open-minded and self-aware. Sometimes we already know that someone has an accent, so avoid asking about it and give the chance to express themselves and speak comfortably with it.
Acceptance is what we need and thinking before stereotyping. Most people rely on stereotypes or one-sided stories when meeting unfamiliar people. It is best to accept the cultural differences and try to understand their stories instead of stereotyping them.
Change your mindset and embrace everyone else's uniqueness. You cannot make every person change because they are different, but you can change your thinking and perspective by embracing uniqueness and differences.
We have a small world, and we cannot avoid communicating with people who have different cultures. Some people think that it would be hard to communicate with them, but it is not, and you need to know a few tips on how to do it without offending them.
First, since you already know that they have a different culture, expect that they might have an accent when talking, and make sure that you will not show facial expressions that will seem rude to them.
Second, you can speak to them about exciting topics like their hierarchies, and never let them be bothered by the difficulties in communicating with you. You can ask to repeat what they said if you did not understand, but do it in a friendly way.
Lastly, be respectful. Let them see and feel that you respect their culture, language, and even their small gestures and expressions. Respect is everything that we need to avoid any conflicts towards another, even to diverse people.
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Date Published: September 9, 2021
A well written article. Ang daling intindihin. Understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.