Merging cultures, the beauty in diversity


Merging cultures, the beauty in diversity

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“I want four packets ‘nasi lemak’.

More ‘chilli and sambal please’!”

“It’s very, very ‘hot’, boy! Lu boleh tahan chilli? (you can stand the chilli?)”

“Bolih, Mak Cik, no problem!”

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Some pick with chopsticks

some with fork and spoon

or better still, with fingers

Oh, a versatile tool at hand,

only that, the food would slip

through my fingers

before they reach my mouth!

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Some are good in arts,

some in workman skills,

some have head for figures

some for business and economy.

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Over time, with adaptation

and enculturation

leading to a new cultural synthesis

in languages, pronounciations,

fashions, lifestyles, and food.

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Such is a beautiful melting pot

of differing elements

each has its own beauty and strengths

that one should respect and be respected.

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Quotes:

1. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. ~Mahatma Gandhi

2. When everyone is included, everyone wins. ~Jesse Jackson

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10 Comments

  1. Diversity is wonderful. We can all learn so much from each other. And I love being able to experience the gifts of other cultures too, such as the food and music!

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