Posted in Bendigo, festivals, languages, Society and Culture, Sydney

Sharing Culture

I am very lucky to be in a workplace where we have a lot of different cultures represented. We also have people coming from other countries on short term work training and we go overseas for the same reason. It means our workplace is very accustomed to different accents, values and  views. We share bits of languages and work hard at learning a few basics so in the morning you hear a lot of different languages. It also means we discuss different values. Something as basic as knowing that Asians use white for funerals and we use it for weddings opens our eyes. That they would use red for a wedding surprises us bit it interests us as well. Even knowing how people grew up and what their staple meals were helps an understanding of how different people can be abut also how they can find their common ground because of it. It is great when our city has its cultural festivals like the Greek Glendi festival, but then Bendigo celebrates its Chinese heritage and Sydney put on a French festival. It is a great way to get people of a nation to share. It is also a great way to cheer people up and make them smile.


Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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