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An inside view of cultural diversity

BEING an expat in China means not only experiencing the culture of the country we're living in, but also meeting others and learning their cultures as well. Cultural diversity has caused unnecessary issues in the world and is something we should celebrate, not disapprove of.

Being used to living in a culture-rich environment makes us more open. Accepting different cultures shows other ways of living and enjoying life. Being surrounded by people who are like you is like living half a life. Isn't it wonderful to know that you're different from the family down the street? What if everybody in this world looked like you, spoke like you, ate the same things as you or thought like you? The world would be dull.

There is much more diversity in the world than simply culture, but those have not been thought badly of. We don't say that a flower is ugly because it isn't yellow. We don't say that the sky is bland because it's blue. So why have we been prejudiced in our thoughts of cultural diversity?

Our school has a lot of different nationalities and all of the people who are not from China had to go through the same process of relocating. This process includes meeting new people and getting used to different cultures or traditions, which opens a lot of doors for future life. Cultural diversity is the difference between people, whether it be appearance, personality, culture or background. These are all positive differences and are worth celebrating. It's the differences in culture that tie us all together. Even though getting used to differences can be hard or unusual, it's worth it in the long run.

Article by Chloe Chan, Leandra Ilkka and Lauren Olosky, Dulwich students


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