When observing another culture we often categorize things into two groups. We look at ways in which they are different and ways in which they are similar. The cover story this time is a photo-feature-ish story about the Murong community. There are some terrific pictures that capture the lifestyle of the Murongs in Langrui para. There are a lot of easy-to-note differences with Bangalees, but they say that if you look closer, there are even greater similarities. First there are the superficial differences- diet, clothing, home economics, the way a wedding ceremony looks. Then there are some deeper differences in attitude- gender relations, the distribution of power and authority within the family structure and attitudes towards marriage and romance. Then there are deeper similarities, such as the love for 'adda' ie sitting around, lazing out and just chatting about random things. Even though Murongs are very serious hard workers, our common love for lazing out sure binds us together.
It's probably tougher be a different individual and not just part of a minority culture, and there's another story in here about a woman with no functional arms. This is a condition that makes her very existence a struggle every day of her life. Stories about fairness have no place in the reality of our conditions, the cards that we have been dealt. It is up to each of us to make sure we survive.
From the Insight Desk
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