In a very interesting lecture in the excellent TED series, Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, talks about the danger of misunderstanding which can arise when we only hear a single story about another person or country.
(Thanks, Reza, for the link.)
By coincidence, I watched this yesterday, and now you've posted it here! It's a great lecture, and parts of it reminded me of Jamaica Kincaid's famous (and equally brilliant but much less diplomatic and much angrier) essay "On Seeing England For The First Time." A must-read for anyone interested in postcolonialism. You have to either love it (as I do) or hate it :-) .
I love her book 'Half of a Yellow Sun' and after reading it, I felt much more appreciation for the things I earlier took for granted like water and soap. Much like when I read "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel when I needed to keep drinking water because I felt thirsty just like the character in the book!!!
I'm addicted to TED talks and loved this one by Chimamanda Adichie...
I still think the one by Isabel Allende is both hilarious and serious. Hilarious what she says about Sophia Loren. Serious in empowering women.
*makes a mental note to remember to keep up with the lectures and not just look in when someone sends me a link*
Chet: if you enjoyed that Isabel Allende talk, you'll roll over laughing with this one: http://authorsontourlive.com/aot-105-isabel-allende-podcasts-the-sum-of-our-days/
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