I have been musing on what awesome ambassadors I have been privileged to know from different cultures. I feel like I fit the Amiable English Eccentric type in many ways but I am really pleased I grew up in the generation of political correctness, where people from different races and cultures were included and represented. Did anyone else have the multicultural Duplo family growing up? It was ace!
Some of my first international friends in primary school were from Iran, they travelled here in the early 1990s and they were full of grace and humour. In fact, all my international friends have these qualities, I really respect them.
Despite growing up in Sussex towns where practically everyone was white British, I had a Danish best friend for a year or so in primary school, and befriended an Indian family in secondary school. As a Guide, I gained a sense of a global fraternity and achieved my World Cultures badge. I loved learning about other societies, their rituals, decorations and priorities and how they related to their surroundings in Geography (as well as art, RE and English). As life broadened at university and beyond many more nationalities smiled at me through new friends and connections. Hurray!
One of the things that has puzzled me for ages is why I don't have the travel bug, but I think I am an armchair ethnographer. I love it that I can meet people from all over the world (and keep in touch with them online, wahey!) and share their stories, interests, hints of national character. I celebrate their differences, the fact that they can communicate with me despite the inconsistencies of English (mainly due to its own historically well-traveled etymology) and - especially since becoming a mother - the fact that all culture is socially and intellectually imposed upon the same biology.
I guess I like the ethnic ethic! Thank you to everyone from everywhere for enriching my life!