Question answered by Karen Hoch.
4. What do you or will you do differently to help bridge the cultural gap in your life (such as in your career, your family, your community, etc.)?
It was very interesting to get insights from Anne Fadiman on the cultural barriers that exist in America’s medical society. Of course, it would be narrow-minded to think this is only a challenge in the medical field. It overlaps into so many areas of life that impact people daily, which one may or may not be conscious of.
I am fortunate to work for PTPI, an organization that focuses on bridging cultural gaps and breaking down barriers between people of all backgrounds. Along with my colleagues and PTPI volunteers we have provided opportunities to do so through educational conferences, travel programs, humanitarian efforts, and hosting international visitors, to name a few. It is rewarding to continue to advocate for peace by bringing people of different cultures ‘face to face’ to break down barriers and create mutual respect and understanding.
I strongly believe in the importance to teach our children to be accepting of other cultures from an early age. We can do this by education, having them interact with other cultures, and leading by example.
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