Perspectives on Diversity and Culture
I thought this picture sums up how I feel about diversity and culture sometimes. We are all the same, but so so different. We all bring something new, good, or even worse to the table. Culture is who we are and diversity is how we put all the little pieces together.
My first stop: China (as I am currently living here)
I had an interesting talk with one of my managers at the school I currently work at. While we were having a conversation she was pouring in some kind of root tea (that was really gross), and told me that it is good for my health. Before I even asked a question, her cultural characteristics rose. For her, her culture means decades and decades of history. China is rich in history and the sceneries are absolutely breathtaking. Something else that comes close to culture is that they are very family-orientated. Being with family, living close to family, and helping family in need is a big culture trait. Something she mentioned was that they do lack in diversity. She feels like the Chinese way is the only way. For her, it is easily more accepted to change. However, her family does not want any foreigner here or anything that might change their Philosophical foundation.
My second stop: Philippino’s (I have many Philippino co-workers)
Family, family, and family were her words. I have been working alongside Angelique for 6 months now and how she takes pride in her family is impossible to put in words. She also believes that Philippino’s are very resilient and that the world does not get to see how they live, but not care. A big part of their culture is about their religion and how strict they are towards it. She pointed out that singing, dancing, and to help one another is who they are as well. They value their traditions and culture. For instance, for a birthday or a special holiday, they will go all out. Money or not. Christmas celebrations continue to the first Sunday in January when Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated. In the Philippines, the early masses held before Christmas are called the ‘Misa de Gallo’ or Simbang Gabi’ in Filipino. There have been multiple times where I couln’t find the time to pack lucnh, and she would alsways share her food, no matter how big or small her portions are.