There is no doubt that humanity has benefited from the sharing and mixing of cultures throughout the history of our existence. As this remarkable animation shows, we owe much to the people who have taken it upon themselves, for a whole host of reasons, to move themselves from their familiar cultural setting to another and in the process carry with them the ideas, symbols, behaviours and ways of perceiving the world, mixing them with what they discover in their new cultural settings to create entirely new meanings.
In the July issue of Lifewide Magazine we have explored the idea that our ecologies for learning, developing and achieving are the means by which we adapt to new cultural contexts and situations we encounter, where achievement means learning to function and perform in a cultural context that is not our own and we are seen as an 'outsider'. Articles do not focus on culture per se, but on our encounters with cultures that are different to our own and how we learn to adapt our thinking, our attitudes and behaviours within a new cultural context.
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Video - posted 11th September 2014 by Marcos Hung
Location: The University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA