Culture ain’t just about rice

I found this poster in the library in the Department of Anglo-American Studies at the University of Antsiranana.

I love it because not only does it remind us that we are the strange ones but also it shows how cultural difference goes much deeper than whether you eat rice every day or not. When you first arrive you think it’s all about learning about death ceremonies, how to cook rice and how to wear traditional clothing.

But, it doesn’t take much imagination to realise how I may have been perceived at times when I was acting very British.Working with anglophones


2 Responses

  1. Hi Ruth
    I discovered your blog through Google Alert and realised how interesting your experience is. I have been away from Madagascar for the past 19 years and would like to re-discover it before going back home for good within 3-4 years. That is the reason why your observations are so interesting for me. Thank you.

  2. Glad that things ring true with you – sounds like you have your own adventure coming up in the next few years. Good luck.

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