America is a “multicultural melting pot” of many immigrants aspiring to live the “American Dream” – the notion of attaining success through hard work and opportunity. American history emphasizes the plight of immigrants seeking better lives, and how receptive the country was to immigration. Americans pride themselves on their ancestry and identify strongly with their cultural backgrounds. But there’s something to be said about American “education” on immigration, which feels a bit lackluster at times. While a country of great opportunities, it can still strengthen and deepen its understanding of other cultures. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “”No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.”
Every country has its own interesting cultural footprint. Travel encourages such open-mindedness. It allows us to experience new cultures – sometimes similar, or not at all familiar to our own. Through it, we observe traditions, experience history, taste new cuisines, take in art forms, and appreciate alternative perceptions of life. Our world population has reached over 7 billion people. There are theories that all of us are interconnected through “six degrees of separation.”
My enthusiasm for travel, a keen interest in news, and connectedness with diverse people have translated into a true passion for journalism. To me, journalism reflects balanced storytelling. It digs for truths, reveals emotions, and allows us to share perceptions. It creates a dialogue.
Through a series of interviews with expats in this blog, I’ll be looking at cultural assimilation through the adoption of new cultural experiences, and how these can shape identity. I hope to share life-changing stories and lessons learned from immersion in foreign cultures. I’ll strive to highlight what makes their culture unique, but also examine what similarities bind us all in the human experience. How do we define our goals and life’s ambitions? How do we overcome obstacles and embrace cultural differences? Intercultural conversations should educate us, and break down barriers through honest and humorous observations.
If you want to share your story, or know someone who might, please contact me.