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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."

Via Seth Dixon
Emma Lafleur's insight:

What she says here is true, we only have one story about Africa that forms our perception of all of the countries of Africa. What we think of peoples and of foreign countries affects how we interact with them. In the case of our story of Africa, we do not think of people just like us, we think of tribes and poverty because that is all we see and all we read. Therefore, the very real problems of Africa are thought of as not as important or too different to care. However, they are people just like us in that everyone leads a different life and their stories are not static, they are changing. So our one viewpoint of a people sways our entire view of that people. This does not only happen with the peoples of African countries, but with people all around the world. Our understanding of different cultures and societies can help us interact with them and work with them to work toward a better future.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 8:30 PM

This video is very interesting, in that Chimamanda Adichie tells the dangers of hearing a one sided story. It is easy to classify a country with the rest, but it is also inaccurate because they are not the same. This video reminds me of another titled "Media and Culture-- Perspective and Bias" which also takes on the idea of knowing only one side of a story or people. It is videos and people like Adichie and Reza Aslan (from the above mentioned video) that implore us to research and make ourselves knowledgable about a subject, culture, or people before making assumptions and making the mistake of grouping them together for the sake of an easy story.

Matthew Richmond's curator insight, November 5, 2015 12:39 AM

Re-scooped from Professor Dixon. This is an eye opening narrative on what it's like to be African. This video really made me question my own cultural biases and microagressions. Powerful piece.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 7:50 PM

this is a big problem in the world today in my mind. other places do not have the nationalism that is required to thrive. even this woman (who eventually became an exception) started off idolizing western countries. this is not inherently a problem but places do not try to make themselves better, the reason there is the perception of africa that there is, is because people like this woman are the exception. if more people followed her lead than the whole of Africa would not be seen this way.

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10 of the Most Dangerous Journeys to Schools Around the World

10 of the Most Dangerous Journeys to Schools Around the World | Seeing the World More Clearly |

"Many of us have heard the stories of how our parents or grandparents had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. Perhaps some of these tales were a tad embellished, but we got the point. A lot of American kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.

The photos you are about to see are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.

In the above photo, students in Indonesia hold tight while crossing a collapsed bridge to get to school in Banten village on January 19, 2012.Flooding from the Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001."

Via Seth Dixon
Emma Lafleur's insight:

Education is something that we take for granted, something we complain about. We do not have to struggle just to get to school. Not everyone in the world is required to have an education, so the students that we see in many of these pictures are lucky in some cases to even be going to school. They have to walk through dangerous territories and hike to school every morning. They know the importance of their education and they know what an education can do for them. It sometimes slips our mind to think about what education is like in other countries because we take it for granted, but it is always good to get these multiple viewpoints about topics like in the pictures shown here.

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:52 PM

It is sad what so many children must endure and go through in order to get an education.  I wonder if these bridges and structures have been fixed.  61 million children not receiving an education is 61 million too many.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 1, 2014 7:45 PM

unit 6 economic development

Lena Minassian's curator insight, April 13, 2015 7:55 PM

This is really hard to see. Children shouldn't have a hard journey getting to school to get an education and better their lives. These photos are from ten places around the world with the most dangerous journeys to school. This isn't a topic that even comes to mind because many of us living in the United States have had the luxury of being driven to school or riding a bus and we take that simple drive for granted. One of the photos is from Indonesia where students have to cross a collapsing bridge to get to school. The image shows them hanging on for dear life while trying not to fall in the water underneath them. There was a flood that broke the pillar holding this bridge up and it was never fixed after that. What happens when that bridge fully collapses? There needs to be a better way to get these kids to school. These children shouldn't have to suffer with getting their education for situations that are out of their control.