Merging cultures, the beauty in diversity

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

and enculturation

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

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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