I’ve preached like a preacher that We Are One, and that we must extend the beauty of our cultures to each other, as well as, reciprocate with others.
But, I never told you how.
I have my own way of learning about people who look different than I do, and I will share my ideas with you. I have also provided tips from others.
First, here is how I get exposure to other cultures and races:
- Attend International Festivals
- Try different dishes and cuisines
- Offer traditional recipes from your culture to someone from another culture.
- Travel if you have the means. I have traveled internationally, but don’t have the means, nor the frequent flyer miles, that I once did.
- Volunteer for International charitable and entertaining events
- Attend plays, ballets, operas, and other theater productions themed in alternative cultures.
- Welcome an international person to your home
- Stop calling ‘International People’ ‘Foreign’ or ‘Foreigners’. Interestingly, when I worked for CNN, the word ‘Foreign’ was replaced company-wide by the word ‘International’. That was over 15 years ago!
Nine ways to celebrate diversity | British Council
- Visit an exhibition or a museum dedicated to other cultures
- Learn about another religion
- Plan an international movie night
- Listen to music from a different culture
- Play a game or take up a sport from a different culture (karate, cricket, pétanque…)
- Invite a friend and cook traditional food
- Learn about traditional stories from other cultures
- Volunteer with an organization working for diversity and inclusion
- Learn another language
Here are 13 ways to celebrate the day and develop your own understanding of cultural diversity:
- Rent a movie or read a book from another country or religion than your own.
- Explore the music of a different culture.
- Invite people from different cultures to share your customs.
- Go to a restaurant serving a type of cuisine you’ve never tasted before.
- Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
- Invite a family or people in your neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
- Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours (e.g. Confucius, Socrates, Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun, Aristotle, Ganesh, and Rumi).
- Visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the celebration.
- Book a city break to explore foreign culture and customs.
- Play the “stereotypes game”. Stick a post-it on your forehead with the name of a country. Ask people to tell you stereotypes associated with people from that country. You win if you find out where you are from.
- Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures; learn more about Hanukkah or Ramadan or about amazing celebrations of New Year’s Eve in Spain or Qingming festival in China. Why not throw a party to celebrate a holiday for a foreign friend?
- Go to a comedy club, assuming you speak some of the languages. See what people laugh at. Talk to them – laughter is a great leveler.
- Attend a sporting event and support the local team.
Videos On Kevy’s Journey to The World’s Cultures YouTube playlist
I Just Took A Trip Around The World – You Can Too!
I just completed a trip around the world. I returned today. That is why this post comes late.
But I am anxious to tell you about my journey. I was introduced to many of the cultures of the world. I could not spend too much time in Ethiopia, because it has over 80 cultures in that one country alone! I could never cover them all in a lifetime but covered many.
I am lying again, sort of. Well, not exactly. I did travel the world to observe its horn of plenty of cultures. But, I did it on YouTube.
I compiled the videos just for you below.
As I watched them all back to back, I gained a greater appreciation for others differences and the similarities.
It’s actually better to ‘marinade on’ the unity concept that I’ve discussed so far. Review these posts carefully:
· Culture – Each Is Individually Beautiful – Together …A Masterpiece – Come Together, Right Now! – U.N.I.T.Y. Y’all!
· SHARE – 9/11 – Let’s Talk About Racism! – Not To Heighten Pisstivity – We Need ‘Real Talk’ To Figure This Out!
· We Are One, Yawl – Kevy’s Hood-Zen River Rat Understanding – I Think I Might Jus’ Git, Git Git It!
Then, proceed back to watching the videos back-to-back. Please take time to do so. It will be a first step in uniting us all.
If it takes days to complete everyone, do so. You will finish this exercise enlightened, as I was.
I was so blunt in my recommendations on racism, simply because I feel deeply that God wants us united. And, I know that we all, me included, can do so much better, and make our world as beautiful as we all desire.
Note: I have set up a Culture playlist on YouTube that contains over 70 videos. The playlist is publically listed and allows viewers to add additional videos of your choice. I could not ‘travel’ to every country, but I covered the main ones, as reflected amongst my followers.
Explore French Culture – 73,312 views – France.fr – Published on Mar 14, 2017
EGYPT CULTURE – 73,056 views – Experience Egypt – Published on Apr 8, 2014
Things Only British People Do – 4,013,319 views – Marcus Butler – Published on Oct 13, 2014
Cuba The People & Culture – 2,821 views – VantageWorldTravel – Published on Apr 25, 2017
The Culture of Costa Rica – Pura Vida – 22,344 views – TCorralesMyProjects – Published on Oct 28, 2012
What Is German Culture? – 4,304 views – Domuitio Germaniae – Published on Jan 7, 2018
The Gullah/Geechee Nation – 131,890 views – thekidjustin – Published on Dec 26, 2012
Chinese Culture: Customs & Traditions – 20,794 views – LiveScience – Published on Nov 6, 2017
10 Interesting Facts about Ethiopia – 26,933 views – Fact Retriever – Published on Oct 6, 2016
Mexican Culture: Customs & Traditions – 28,806 views – LiveScience – Published on Nov 6, 2017
New Orleans Second Lines – 154,939 views – GoNOLA – Published on Jul 28, 2014
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Israelis: What defines Israeli culture? – 24,677 views – Corey Gil-Shuster – Published on Jan 30, 2016
The Culture of Palestine – 135,259 views – shishi87 – Published on Jul 28, 2007
Culture of Bahia, Brazil – 11,310 views – Kelley Ferro – Published on Oct 29, 2015
Introduction to Indian Cultural Heritage –Indian Culture and Tradition | General Awareness Series – 125,611 views – Exambin – Published on May 29, 2017
Hidden Gems: Culture in Bermuda – 568 views – Bermuda Tourism Authority – Published on Aug 30, 2011
Nepali Culture Dance Panche Baja 3 – 8,915 views – Mountain Films – Published on Oct 18, 2016
Thailand Culture & Heritage – 97,455 views – icho2017 – Published on Jul 3, 2016
A Hidden Legacy: The Creoles of Color – 52,664 views – Jordan Richardson – Published on May 27, 2017
Discovering KOREAN CULTURE – 365,205 views – JeffreyFever – Published on Aug 12, 2015
Ghanaian Culture – 10,267 views – Natural Ghana Girl – Published on Mar 3, 2016
Russia; The Land of Diversity – 12,650 views – Russia Business Pages – Published on Apr 19, 2014
10 Interesting Facts about Italy – 13,903 views – Fact Retriever – Published on Apr 26, 2017
Haitian culture and food – 8,399 views – Samuel darbouze – Published on Jan 16, 2010
JAMAICAN CULTURE – 6,278 views – Stephanie Shaw – Published on Feb 10, 2013
Music & Culture in the Most Cajun Place on Earth – 12,758 views – Vermilion Parish Tourism – Published on Nov 8, 2013
Note: I have set up a Culture playlist on YouTube that contains over 70 videos. The playlist is publically listed and allows viewers to add additional videos of your choice. I could not ‘travel’ to every country, but I covered the main ones, as reflected amongst my followers
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Being cognizant of international visitors, I want to do all that I can to communicate wisdom globally for all.