http://www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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Love your talk.. living in Gambia since 2007. Gambians have as many misconceptions about a white man as americams of Africans. You can't understand a culture from another continent. Especially before the internet.
And to be clear i was referring to tv shows and movies that are representative of modern Africa. Clearly history is covered widely and major events but its like the characters often have only little details about culture. The complexity is impossible to grasp in a 2 hr moveor even 100 2 hour movies.
When i first arrived in Gambia in 2004 i was like baby.. learning the tribes greetings, the names of trees and fruit, mangeh dem fi, toubab, monfingo. What is clear is Africans do a poor job of creating media that is interestimg for a North American audience perhaps because many haven't visited and can't grasp the requirements while of course many are visiting and do create great content and some without the visit. Generally though its the musicians that are making north Americans fall in love with Africa and we can't hear the words. But tv ahows or movies produced in africa not so much visibility across the ocean.
She's a good person, not omniscient. She's wise because of her experiences, and the whole point is that it's easy to buy into the single story. Not that anyone who buys into the single story is racist.
So smart, so eloquent, so intelligent, so cultured and yet so humble. A beautiful woman both inside and outside doing what she does best: Telling stories. There's never one truth, and truth is a matter of view. Love from Brazil. Thanks for the insight (and good humour).
People like you are the reason why amerikkka is an evil terrible place. The torment you feel when a beautiful intelligent African woman clearly elucidates the sheer stupidity of ignorant hateful ameriKKKans!!
This is a beautiful woman who is an incredible speaker. I was assigned this video for a paper last yr for a college Psych class. The message here is so true and she explains it wonderfully. How easy it is for ppl to believe something as truth just because its the story theyve always been fed. Im glad to see comments by some in Jr High school & High school saying this was a required assignment. If more people at younger ages hear this message perhaps the future generations will have more open minds than what some of us older generations have experienced.
African immigrants to America need to listen to this lecture before forming their opinion about the Black-American community as a whole. Too often, a single story (lazy akatas, uneducated, ghetto, violent, criminal, etc) of our condition becomes our ONLY story and the totality of 45,000,000 people.
Today's media commonly portrays the single story in regards to opposing sides of political dialog.
It is often used as a strategy to demonize certain sects of people that others will know little about-
be it immigration or poverty or the hot seat marijuana issue. You hear one story of each of these things-
they'll steal american jobs, they are uneducated, or it will prompt you to take harder drugs.
The "single story" refers to how easily persuaded someone may be about specific stories and things. For example she talks about writing about ginger beer even though she had never tasted it before. The concept of the "single story" is found largely in media today. The media is able to twist stories to make people believe certain things about other people, ideas, or countries. Due to the large use of media information like this can spread like wildfire and soon everyone is persuaded that something will happen/happened a specific way. Because one side of the story is all we may hear the information is morphed into a completely different story. Personally, I think the idea of a "single story" is interesting. It was interesting to hear how someone can be so easily affected by this just based on what they see and hear.
A single story she may have left out is the rancorous way foreigners see and address an ambitious set of Africans from Nigeria, who feel unbearably chocked by a lack of an adequate base at home to showcase their class and hence have to abscond to foreign lands.. We mean no harm. We want the same things u want which is to excel in a world were humans would literarily someday be able to board a shuttle to Mars with ease. (Smiles)
Much respect, Thank you.
Many Africans coming to the USA have been super nasty in their hatred for brown Americans. I did not raise our.Daughter to try and NOT
disrespect people as a guest of their country, or your own.
I also read Baldwin, etc.
So why are we in the West endlessly told that all Western civilization ever did was evil, that Israel is an apartheid-fascist-oppressive-occupationist-supremacist-evil state (I've been there, so I saw how much it is a lie), that white males are losers, that people from Mexico and other continents (joke) are all absolutely wonderful, that every Western country is run by racists, etc. etc.? Why do we have on college campuses every sort of diversity except the diversity of views and opinions and stories, and anyone who says anything different will be at best demonized and at worst unemployable for life?
She too is not innocent here. She too is questioning only what is PC to question, carefully avoiding anything that will make her leftist / liberal audiences uncomfortable. She says exactly what the audience expects, so she reaps the adulation. This is an echo chamber. This is how "Great Leaders" are made. This is how Hitler and Stalin rose.
Yes, a single story is dangerous. Especially when It's false. There should be many stories. Not just one leftist narrative.
+Kurtlane She could stay that stuff, but that's not the point. Saying stuff about that wouldn't add to the message she's trying to get our. Angering the SJWs couldn't accomplish anything either, remember she's not making some YouTube video from home she's at a TED Talk so there's certain things she can't say
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As a child, there was a portrait in our family home in Paris that I always loved. Today, it’s known as Maya with Doll – but to me it was just a portrait of my mother, albeit a remarkable one. “Your grandfather was a painter,” she would say, whenever the subject of the canvas, one of many that hung around the house, came up in discussion. It was only when I began school, and whispers about my heritage started to follow me, that I realised what an understatement that was. My grandfather was far more than a painter. He was the defining figure of 20th-century art – and, as I would learn later from years of academic study, a true genius. It was a revelation that would shape the course of my life in many ways. When Picasso died – in 1973, the year before I was born – he left behind 45,000 works, not to mention personal objects and correspondence.