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The danger of a single story

10 September 2019

Through the Reading Leiden: An Experential School, we were talking about seeing the world from the non-western perspectives and bringing in the voice from our surrounding in our research and work. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding in this TED Talk. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.


"Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books by their very nature had to have foreigners in them and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify. Now, things changed when I discovered African books. There weren't many of them available, and they weren't quite as easy to find as the foreign books. ...

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