Rainbow Nation Navigation
My friend lent me this book: Rainbow Nation Navigation: A practical guide to South African cultures.
(Being a nerd, I need to read about something in order to validate my experiences.)
This book has opened my eyes to the major cultures that exist in this country: no wonder it’s called the rainbow nation.
Moreover, it illustrates a South African mentality that’s very different from Canadian’s.
Back home, we pride ourselves on multiculturalism. I grew up learning about the values of tolerance and acceptance. It’s taboo not to celebrate diversity – even if our thoughts and actions are sometimes hostile towards other ethnicities.
I don’t think this sort of book would not exist in Vancouver because you’re expected to understand other cultures. Although racial segregation exists and many friend groups are ethnically analogous, you’re still expected to try to be friends with everyone.
In South Africa, however, it’s more difficult to cross racial boundaries. I hear things like “These people think this way” or “Those people just don’t understand this.”
Many people are trying, though, to create a more inclusive country. This book proves that.