Date: Saturday, November 14th 2015
Participants (from 12 countries):
Iran: Noorola, Amir, Amy, David | Philippines: Lala, Marites | Argentina: Johny | USA: Rick, Ohnie |Thailand: Finda| Tunisia: Marwa | India: Sunita, Reneesh | Morocco: Imad | Pakistan: Ayisha, Fahad, Usaid | Turkey: Butterfly | Bangladesh: Riya | Malaysia: Faten
Panel PRO: Faten, Johny, Rick, Riya, Marwa
Panel CON: Finda, Reneesh, Amir, Noorola
Audience: Imad, Lala, Ayisha, Sunita, Amy, Butterfly, Marites, David, Usaid
Bonus chat: Ohnie, Lala, Fahad
- When there are a large number of immigrants in a country, it could shape the culture for the good or for the bad.
- Immigrants can be the basic fabric of a society, such as the United States, where immigration formed the foundation of society, contributing to the economic strength, cultural "richness" and investments into innovation.
- Assimilation into a society while maintaining/respecting cultural differences is possible. The shared respect for laws that govern a country and in the case of the United States, shared principles and values (freedom of speech, freedom of religion etc) can be the foundation for a national community, while embracing the richness that diversity brings.
- As long as the immigrants are good, decent, open minded and skillful people, it can be beneficial for the community.
- When you have diversity in a society, you can learn more, you can experience more, you share more and you grow more.
- A society that does not have much diversity is like a pizza with only cheese and nothing more.
- When a society with diversity has people that respect each other, it can be a very healthy society because we all bring things to the table, we have ideas and different views that can be very beneficial for a community.
- Taking advantage of the different experiences and backgrounds can create a very healthy society.
- One of the challenges of an immigrant community is when they do not assimilate into the culture and this creates an us-versus-them attitude; generating friction and tension among the population and this is a barrier for a harmonious healthy society.
- Exposure to alternative ideas/cultures can teach us to be more tolerance, to show mutual respect for each other, no matter the way we dress, the religion we follow, the foods we eat etc.
- People who bring different traditions, customs and values can damage an established culture. A society can lose its identity and traditions.
- People who bring and sell different kind of food can affect the society health wise.
- It’s more important to keep your own values, principles and everything that makes you be who you are than to lose them all just to blend in into a different culture.
- People do not need to give up who they are in order to live in a society.
- More important is respect and getting familiar with the culture you are dealing with.
- There are no hard line boundaries defining assimilation, so it can be a subjective idea.
- Imad A
- Lala C
- David B
- Usaid C
It was a tie.There was a bonus chat after the debate and the topic was “Name 3 things or something that gives you energy”.
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