Cultural Awareness in Writing
Ernest White II
When writing about cultures, try to avoid:
● assuming you've got everyone pegged
● generalizing entire populations
● assuming that you're the only one with privilege
● “othering” the culture you're writing about
● using loaded words such as primitive and exotic
When writing, nay, when traveling,
it is imperative to:
● admit that you don't know everything
● let people tell their own stories
● suspend judgments
● strive for empathy
● systematically check your assumptions
● embrace ambiguity
● celebrate diversity
Partially sourced from “What is Cultural
Awareness?,” Stephanie Quappe and
Giovanna Cantatore, 2005.
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