Humans can be enslaved in all manner of ways. By force by others is the usual image, but there is conscription and of course the bowing and scraping that’s part and parcel of being a law-abiding citizen. You probably feel a slave at work, but at least its voluntary and you do get paid for it. What I’m on about here is self-enslavement and how you willingly dance to the many tunes of the numerous pied pipers.Why Cross-Cultural Conflicts Occur: Part 2
The cultural conflicts which surfaced when Asian students entered White Australia in the 1940s and the years following do present a useful window for assessing why such tensions generally arise. The causes then were: unequal ‘ethnic’ power relationships, verging onto skin colours then associated with disparities in power; claimed religious superiority; divergent cultural values and practices; and protection of territory.Why Cross-Cultural Conflicts Occur: Part 1
When people who had grown up or been acculturated in diverse environments come together, there may arise cultural conflicts, because of the manner in which human societies have developed over their histories. A strong distinction between ‘them’ and ‘us’ seems to be the basal layer of human relationships. What triggers these conflicts?How Volunteering Promotes Tourism in Poor Countries?
Volunteering abroad is an act of self-less service that crosses international boundaries to help the destitute community, the less fortunate, or the endangered species in areas that are most in need. The purpose of volunteering may vary according to individuals from academic fulfillment to professional and career improvement. While this act of self-less service benefits the individuals and the local community, it can undoubtedly contribute to the development and promotion of tourism in developing countries, eventually uplifting the economic condition.The Contemporary Homeless Inhabitant of Amsterdam Is Not Dutch
The last couple of weeks more and more articles have been popping up in the Dutch media about a camp of homeless people on the outskirts of Utrecht, the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. Reportedly, these people are not Dutch, but mostly Eastern-European. This made me wonder, is this also the case for the homeless inhabitants of Amsterdam? I rarely see homeless people in the streets of Amsterdam, so this might not the case here, I naively thought. To learn more, I signed up as a volunteer for the Amsterdam Salvation Army.