new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

chimamanda adichie: the danger of a single story

i've lived extensively in greece, canada, the U.S. and a bit in china. i'm often asked, what's america/greece/china like? i most often have no idea what to answer. you can't sum up a country in a sentence... or a conversation. it often happens that i get asked if this or that stereotype is true -- and it often is, but it's part of a larger mosaic that makes it untrue.

if i had more money and independence, i'd travel more. not to go on a holiday, but to live. it's very exciting and satisfying to have your misconceptions demolished.

a couple of snips:

the single story creates stereotypes and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but that they are incomplete. they make one story become the only story.

the consequence of the single story is this: is robs people of dignity. it makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. it emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.

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