Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Multiculturalism And Diversity


Karate at Southbank Posted by Picasa

Melbourne, being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, shows an abundance of diversity. And that really makes this city come alive. Last Sunday, which was the closing day for the celebration of the Chinese New Year Festival, there were a whole range of multicultural events / activities in Southbank - which I really enjoyed.

I embrace cultural diversity. I think we can learn so much from people from various backgrounds and cultures. In fact, in my ministry, I promote cross-cultural dialogues, life and work that are based on friendship and social interactions. I believe that the real beauty of diversity can be enjoyed only by destroying the walls of prejudice, judgement and opening doors for others. It doesn’t mean endangering your social identity; socializing with people from entirely different social and ethnic backgrounds is really an act of empowerment.

When we establish a cross-cultural interaction, it creates an environment that embraces the concept of mutual respect and acceptance of differences. All people's basic needs are quite common. Only prejudice or social fear blocks the channels of communication among them. There is major need to understand all aspects of diversity to build a healthier, more respectful society.

And of course, God so loves the world (which includes all cultures) that He gave...... so we should love like He does!

10 comments:

forgiven said...

Hi Kitty,
I'm back and miss you all.
I would love to someday to come and see where you live . I have alway wanted to go. Keep writing ..your word draw pictures in me mind.
Thank you Sis
Doug

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Diversity of culture can be a positive thing.

However, I see no easy answers to the tensions with Islam in Europe.

I find it difficult to see how the Islamic religion, with its huge emphasis on submission above all else, can really embrace diversity of culture and religion.



Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

audrey` said...

A very Good Morning to you!
HaHa!
How are you today, Kitty?

We should love like He does!
Very well said =P

I love you very much!
Continue to shine for Him =D

Kitty Cheng said...

Welcome back Doug. It's been a while huh? Yes come along! Melbourne is a beautiful city. Thank you brother Doug for your encouragement.

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Matthew, the tensions with Islam in Europe is worrying isn't it? Let's keep praying for the situation. God's sovereign and in control!

Kitty Cheng said...

Dear Audrey, thanks for loving me so much. I really appreciate you =D

Godwyn Lim said...

Hi Kitty,

Sorry I have been busy with the last few days with work. I will email you about my time when I serve my mandatory military training in our Country.

Good write up:-) May the Lord Keep you & Bless you.

Have a good week ahead!

Kitty Cheng said...

Thanks Godwyn. Looking forward to your email.

You have a great week too. God Bless!

Kimber said...

Won't it be cool to be in Heaven standing next to our brother's and sister's from EVERY race and color :) What a beutiful tapestry that will look like - Can't WAIT.

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes kimber, won't it be cool to meet with blogger friends (those that we haven't met) who are from different races and colors in Heaven? :D