Canadian actor and playwright, Andrew Moodie discusses the complex feelings of belonging, difference, and otherness he experiences as a child of Jamaican immigrants in Canada. Moodie relates how he was fervently proud to be Canadian while growing up and embraced Canadian culture; he then describes a moment when he suddenly came to identify himself as Jamaican. While Canada takes pride in being a multicultural society that preserves and values cultural differences, Moodie argues that it is a struggle for human beings to view ‘the other’ merely as different rather than as an enemy or as a threat. The video allows us to explore themes of identity and community, difference and diversity, and exclusion and belonging. Moodie challenges us to reflect on how a community can embrace all cultural differences within it, while at the same time maintaining a concept of its identity, and how people of mixed heritage can embrace the cultural differences within themselves.
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2009 TVO series of documentaries, dramas and current affairs programs, "Belong or Bust: Where Do I Fit In?"
How do we recognize sameness but acknowledge difference(s)?Is difference a problem, an opportunity, a challenge or a gift?What does it mean to be a stranger or an outsider? What does it feel like?Can our heritage and our traditions be a source of division?How do we remain loyal to our heritage and traditions?How has my family or background shaped who I am?