Merging cultures, the beauty in diversity
“I want four packets ‘nasi lemak’.
More ‘chilli and sambal please’!”
“It’s very, very ‘hot’, boy! Lu boleh tahan chilli? (you can stand the chilli?)”
“Bolih, Mak Cik, no problem!”
Some pick with chopsticks
some with fork and spoon
or better still, with fingers
Oh, a versatile tool at hand,
only that, the food would slip
through my fingers
before they reach my mouth!
Some are good in arts,
some in workman skills,
some have head for figures
some for business and economy.
Over time, with adaptation
leading to a new cultural synthesis
in languages, pronounciations,
fashions, lifestyles, and food.
Such is a beautiful melting pot
of differing elements
each has its own beauty and strengths
that one should respect and be respected.
1. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. ~Mahatma Gandhi
2. When everyone is included, everyone wins. ~Jesse Jackson