Mingle with other cultures: you may surprise yourself
The ethnic mix on Alberta Avenue is a learning opportunity
The Alberta Ave neighbourhood is a mosaic of ethnicities with their varying world views. To some, this mix of foreign outlooks is difficult to understand and may even be frightening. What they are missing is an opportunity for intercultural interaction which is necessary to be successful in our modern world.
With expanding globalization, we need to be able to interact positively with people from different cultures to lead a fulfilled life that stretches our potential. The information flow between countries is increasing. There is a greater consumption of worldwide entertainment, as well as the spread of consumer goods.
Travel beyond North America reveals that many countries are very homogeneous compared to the multicultural nature of Canada. Canadian multiculturalism is very evident in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood. Rather than treat it with suspicion, we should look at this as a great learning opportunity
Positive interaction with different modes of thought enables individuals to approach their life more creatively by “thinking outside the box.” Confidence develops from having faced challenges and having reaped the resulting sense of accomplishment.
Intercultural social interaction helps us become more open and tolerant towards those from other parts of the world. Foreign people appear more friendly.
According to the Wikipedia website, a common reaction to being unable to understand the behavior of someone from another culture is to blame that person. People will resort to sorting out confusion by attributing the problem on the other’s stupidity, deceit, or craziness.
Assumptions arise from ignorance and can lead to much frustration for members of both cultures. Entering a culture with the view that your own culture is the only correct culture is a byproduct of ignorance and cultural misunderstanding.
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