I had the opportunity to be part of the United Nations community. This community was established in the South Sudan Republic, Africa. At first, we were all those who did not belong to the African continent. Those of America of the North, America of the Center and America of the South, the Europeans, and the Asians form sub -communities. Then some of these sub communities adapt to the African community and specifically to the town of Sudan del Sur. I believe that each one learned from the other in every aspect, this was possible for respect and tolerance towards others. As for example, Ramadan in Muslim culture, holding celebrations with alcoholic beverages from some sub -communities, not including women in work activities etc. Something relevant in mind is that sometimes there were tense moments, but that these were generally misunderstood or wrong perceptions.

One response to “Otherness”

  1. Thank you Elizabeth for your engaging insight. Your experience was really intriguing to me. You taking part in the United Nations community in South Sudan with other culturally distinct members from various regions around the world, and seeing their adaptability towards local culture is very interesting. Generally in many cases, people are not aware of other cultural norms around the world until they get to experience them. Adaptation and learning does indeed take a while. I do remember being around a new culture and feeling the same way until I learned more. Seeing locals and people from abroad learning and taking part to help a community is wholesome, and could leave memories for a lifetime. My question to you would be that would you take part in such a community abroad, and experience feeling like the ‘other’? I am interested in hearing your response.

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