Zaion-Horn of Africa restaurant and bar opens in Umeå
One of the most pleasant ways of opening up to a new culture is by trying its food. Specific dishes , how they are prepared, served and eaten can say a lot about a culture.
A good friend of mine, Mike, originally from Eritrea, has decided to open an Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant in Umeå. I am very proud of him. Mike is my first friend since I moved to Sweden six years ago, and surprisingly, the only friend I have in a 150km radius. Gosh!, How terrible or rather sad, that must sound. My experince of Sweden has made me believe that making friends is not as easy as I had always found before moving here. I believe that while I generaly regard swedes as very friendly people, being friendly is not the same as being easy to become friends with. More on this in another post, but for now lets celebrate cultural diversity .
One of the biggest issues under discussion in Europe during the last decade or so is immigration. Questions have been raised regarding what kind of impact the huge numbers of immigrants has had on the social, economical and cultural life of the host countries.
On the other side, questions have equally been raised on how the immigrant´s experience of the host country is like and what the psycho-social implications of immigration are on those who have migrated, as they adjust to the new environment. You will agree that a lot of opinions, facts and what else have been raised on this issue. My Post is about an issue of identity, based on a film I have just watched. The film mostly focuses on the way an immigrant man views himself and his identity in his new environment.
I am Santino Zhakata, born in Zimbabwe, living in Sweden. I do a lot of writing, photography , blogging and website creation for fun and for profit. My fields of expertise include teaching and tutoring English via distance or face to face. I also specialise in communication for development. Welcome to my blog, feel free to share your thoughts.