We all live in our bubbles. A comfort zone that gets formed due to our current environment that is made of age or place or people or most importantly our journey. Reasons we develop cultural tunnel vision are –
Targeted Social Media
Social Media today validates every single aspect of your thinking. Thus any news and information you get is just more news to confirm your “know” rather than challenge you.
Life Less Traveled
Let’s face it! As awesome as traveling is, as parents it is rare to overcome our daily struggles to embark on new adventures frequently. And even when we do manage to, we do the “main attractions”. You will rarely be able to get a glimpse of the real life in the city you are visiting.
Passing On Our Heritage
If you are living in a city different than that you have grown up in you will know what I am talking about. We fear losing our heritage. We want our children to know enough to pass it on and in many cases, we start reaching more into our own community or heritage when in fact we should be maintaining a balance between our heritage and the very many cultures surrounding us.
“The world is a very small place. ” We have started taking this so much to heart that we forget to explore the many facets of life itself. Indian, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis all look similar to Caucasian Americans. Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese all look similar to Indians and All Americans are stereotyped around the world based on sitcoms like Friends or How I Met Your Mother. When in fact, many American families have the same value system as current Indian families and life in Las Vegas, Nevada is very different from that of Richmond, Virginia : both cities in the United States.
This cultural tunnel vision has become our new normal. We pass these on to our children subconsciously.
As parents, it is our duty to expand the perception of our future and introduce them to new horizons. At RwC, we will introduce you to scenarios that you yourself may not have experienced but that exist. To help you break out of your shell and provide you with universal content to help you provide your family with a broader world view.
We all are in ships, struggling across the seas. But each ship has it’s own eco system, weather patterns etc. We will give you a peak into the lives of other ships traveling parallel to you.
To create awareness of the common thread that breathes though the fabric of our collective present. When we open our minds to new views, we are better equipped to breathe new life into old thought processes. To help parents get a broader world view to better help families find that perfect balance of modern thinking, cultures and their own heritage.
Learning from old stories, sub cultures of each city, and providing tools to children to become a part of dialogue in diversity we will create a more unified tomorrow : more aware and empathetic to our differences and similarities.
Raising World Children magazine is global platform for –
- How a culture affects a life/parenting.
- The struggles people of a region face in their day to day life.
- Guides about food, travel, health, parenting multi cultural kids.
- Kids sharing what they think about life.
- Folk lore famous in specific cultures.
- Historical figures from around the world.
- A place to see what different cities actually look like.
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