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Andrew Moodie’s Story of Belonging - Otherness
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?
Tell your partner your full name, and talk about how your first, last, or middle names reflect your cultural heritage.
- How does Moodie’s younger self show his pride in being Canadian?
- At what point and why does Moodie come to identify himself as Jamaican? Why do you think Moodie did not strongly identify himself as Jamaican before this?
- How does Canada struggle to embrace difference and otherness according to Moodie?
- Have you had an experience in which a person with a different cultural background was treated as an enemy or a threat? Explain.
- What do you think Moodie means by saying that children of immigrants in Canada often embrace the dominant culture and place their parents’ culture “in a pocket of their consciousness”?
- Have you embraced some aspects of your family’s culture more than others? Why?
- What would make it possible for society to embrace the particular differences of all immigrants’ cultures?
- How can immigrants from cultures other than the dominant culture embrace the differences within themselves?
In a few words or one sentence, share one specific thing connected with your cultural background that you would like to embrace in the future.
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