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Speaking of ethnocentrism (were we? now we are), we were asked to draw homes and trees for an activity in Samokov. In response, everyone drew the stereotypical stand-alone house with a slanted roof and windows that look like the Chinese word for rice paddy (田).
Then the facilitators turned their drawings over to reveal an igloo and a teepee and other types of homes, and we all hated ourselves a little for being so predictable and narrow-minded and, yes, ethnocentric.
I looked at my drawing more closely and realized that I’d drawn an eerily accurate picture of my house in Chicago: suburban with a garage, mailbox, and well manicured lawn. So imaginative.

Speaking of ethnocentrism (were we? now we are), we were asked to draw homes and trees for an activity in Samokov. In response, everyone drew the stereotypical stand-alone house with a slanted roof and windows that look like the Chinese word for rice paddy (田).

Then the facilitators turned their drawings over to reveal an igloo and a teepee and other types of homes, and we all hated ourselves a little for being so predictable and narrow-minded and, yes, ethnocentric.

I looked at my drawing more closely and realized that I’d drawn an eerily accurate picture of my house in Chicago: suburban with a garage, mailbox, and well manicured lawn. So imaginative.

#yfu #colored glasses #ethnocentrism #homes #bulgaria #samokov

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