Cultural Awareness in Writing - Ernest White II

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Cultural Awareness in Writing - Ernest White II

  1. 1. Cultural Awareness in Writing Ernest White II @FlyBrother fly-brother.com
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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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