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           TEXT:

           Ayu Bowan, my name is Machiko
           Raheem and in 15 years old.




              TEXT:
              I was born in Sri Lanka, to Sri Lankan
              parents in the busy city of Colombo.




              TEXT:
              I am a Sri Lankan Muslim and I have
              lived in Singapore for the majority of
              my life. Though Islam is my religion my
              parents have never forced me to follow
              it, and so therefore neither my family
              nor I are strict Muslims.




              TEXT:
              I have always been brought up in a
              multi cultural world, in Singapore I
              was in an international school which
              held over 60 different nationalities.
TEXT:
My experience of Diaspora started
when I was a tiny 4 year old. All I
remember was being whisked away
from my home and put into a strange
new country called Singapore.




TEXT:
I remember leaving the huge country
where it took ages to get anywhere to a
country where you could drive from
one end to the other end in 45 minutes




      TEXT:
      Moving from Sri Lanka allowed me to
      learn about cultures from all around
      the world, for it seemed that there was
      someone from every corner of the
      world.




   TEXT:
   Living in Singapore for the majority of my life
   made the culture part of my own. Singapore
   allowed me get to know people from so many
   different countries, everyone was so proud of
   their culture and celebrated it, which allowed
   me to learn about them, and turn deaf ear on
   the usual stereotypes that I had heard about.
   TEXT:
   Then after a long while in Singapore,
   my family decided to move to another
   corner of the world to New Zealand.




TEXT:
I had to leave everything I had gotten used
to and move to a whole new country, I
wasn’t sure if I would fit in with the
culture there. Unlike Singapore, which is a
cosmopolitan country, New Zealand does
not have the same amount of cultural
diversity. I was right, it was different, but
it was different in a good way.




TEXT:
Being in New Zealand changed me a
lot, I experienced Diaspora through
things such as what I thought about
life, and how open minded I became.
Photo Here      TEXT:
                The thing that challenged me the most
                when I moved to New Zealand was the
                difference in our cultural views. Things
                that are usually frowned upon in my
                culture was something that was usual in
                the lifestyle and culture in New Zealand.
                Things like house parties, alcohol and
                boyfriends at young ages was relatively
                normal there.

                TEXT:
                Another thing that really challenged me was
                the amount of self-confidence and
                independence the kids in New Zealand had,
                and I learnt from them. For example, I spent a
                month alone, in the middle of nowhere, with 6
                other girls. We did our own cooking, cleaning,
                and what ever else there was to do. IT was a
                month during which I learnt how to be self
                confident in a good way, and independent too.
             TEXT:
             They are traits that seem to be an
             important part of the culture in New
             Zealand, and the culture in New
             Zealand became a new piece of my
             personal culture puzzle.




                TEXT:
                I learnt that it was important to be
                unique, and New Zealand taught me
                that.




             TEXT:
             When I was finally settling into the
             lifestyle of New Zealand, my parents
             decide it was a good idea to come on a
             “holiday” to Doha. I was quite excited
             because it was my first time to a
             country in the Middle East.
TEXT:
For the time I was here I experienced a
culture that wasn’t really something I
had seen before and I was intimidated
by it. I wasn’t sure how to act in a
country that followed strict Islamic
principles and values. I was afraid, and
wondered, would I offend anyone?




   TEXT:
   I thought the people were quite frank
   and because I wasn’t used to it, I found
   it a little rude.




   TEXT:
   After moving to Qatar, I realized that
   being in the country allowed me to
   really understand the culture that I live
   in. Though I haven’t been here for too
   long, my initial opinions about Qatar
   no longer apply.




TEXT:
I now understand the culture and
people more than I did before. For me
what originally came across as
frankness now sounds normal, instead
of rude.




TEXT:
The culture that I am now surrounded
by is interesting, not intimidating.
TEXT :
Experiencing what I have as I moved
around the world has made me the
person I am today in Qatar;




   TEXT :
   I am more understanding, confident,
   independent, and more open minded
   about other cultures.




TEXT :
Through Diaspora I have become a
person that has both fun around and
interest in other peoples cultures, I feel
like I have become a better person
through being surrounded by other
people, and the way they think about
life.



TEXT:
Through my experiences I have
adopted cultures from all over the
world, but no matter where I am I will
always be Sri Lankan.
Bibliography:
Photos From: CreativeCommons Search. Web. 14 Feb. 2011.
<http://search.creativecommons.org/#>.
  - light at the end of a tunnel- comedy_nose
  - http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmajane/65585561/ (BOX)
  - http://www.flickr.com/photos/markchapmanphoto/5138832677/
      (FLAG)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/koadla/4697179258/ (MOSQUE)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/steveconover/848060835/ (NZ FLAG)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/steveconover/848926462/ (SL FLAG)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetruthabout/2725318889/ (NO
      ALCOHOL SIGN)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/skippy/333187813/ (HANUKHA
      MENORA)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/pat_ossa/5028291920/ (GERAMN
      FESTIVAL)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/global-jet/2256338278/ (CHINESE NEW
      YEAR)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/exquisitur/3606046654/ (DUCKLING
      PHOTO)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiritual_marketplace/4562341921/
      (OPEN MINDED)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/diongillard/248191178/ (FLAGS)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/1633327254/in/photostre
      am/ (SRIGIRIYA ROCK)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/renolauren/3400384503/ (SMILING
      GIRL)
  -   http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8zeq-
      XNT5K8/SrEoX8BBKBI/AAAAAAAABAQ/7xiilp1-
      poE/s400/jordan+women+burqa.jpg (MUSLIM WOMEN)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/spinkney/3141196542/ (SRI LANKA)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/gingerblokey/2782470484/ (TEENAGE
      PARTY)
  -   http://www.flickr.com/photos/21185968@N00/3428731883/ (UNIQUE
      PHOTO)

				
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