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Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

Chapters 1 › Unit 1: Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'? View instructions Hide instructions

Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'?

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Tell us: Where do you fall on the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ spectrum?

In this chapter, you've seen many examples of how diversity is understood and contested in Germany and Canada. We imagine you may want to comment on what you've heard and maybe even share your personal experiences. The 'Us' & 'Them' course community would love to hear from you:

Here are some guiding questions to draw from:

  • How is diversity perceived in your country?
  • How are the communities you identify with (race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender...) represented in media and public life?
  • What examples can you mention or find that indicate your inclusion or exclusion from mainstream society?
  • What experiences have you had where others perceived you in a certain way based on how you look or where you come from? Were these correct or incorrect?
  • Does your country recognize itself as a country of immigration and in which ways? Do you see your country as a country of immigration?

Now what?
Click 'Start in Journal', and fill out the entry. How you do this is up to you: You can use just words, or add pictures or links to articles or videos to highlight your point!

Is this journal assignment required?
No! Nothing in our course is 'required', and there are no grades, but we encourage you to reflect on these topics and share if you feel comfortable, so that others in the course can benefit from your experiences.

Diversity

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Diversity in my country is well looked upon if it is European. Argentina was built on the pillars of immigration and out culture was deeply founded on the immigration. Today the diversity coming within our continent, such countries like Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay, is not well received.

The communities represented in media are diverse I would say, but they are wrong. For example today, in our entertainment industry, middle eastern or eastern people (Middle East, Asian, Oriental Europe) are portrait as a terrorist, drug lords, or violent societies. Meanwhile the western cultures are portrait as heroes.

So I was born in Argentina, at a young age I moved to the USA and then returned back to Argentina as a young adult. I possess an Italian passport but do not speak Italian. So when I was in the US, I was not considered Latino because I was white and spoke a different Spanish than the rest. While in Argentina, I was not really Argentinian because I spoke with a slight accent, and in Europe, I am not Italian because I possess a Spanish name and not an Italian one.

Argentina does and always will recognize itself as a country of immigration, we have so many cultures that make one, the Argentinian.

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Dear Romina! Thanks for sharing. We will return to Us&Them discussion again in the next chapter talking about what makes us belong and chapter 4 when we look at what could make a we given our diverse stories. It will be great to have you share your views on how it feels for someone like yourself in Argentina - in those later chapters. Julia

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