SUMMARY: From my own to the unknown and back to my own.
The segregation laws of the tragic apartheid years in South Africa influenced contact and interaction between cultural groups. This limited contact and interaction led to a lack of understanding of other cultures that contributed to prejudice and intolerance which, in turn, resulted in painful intercultural experiences.
Intercultural relationships that influence the social well-being of individuals and groups are not only dependent on ethnicity, but the concept also relates to gender groups, age groups, sexual orientation and so on.
In this book the reader is presented with a journey or a process of moving towards positive intercultural awareness. The hope is that this positive awareness can result in a different understanding of other cultures that can lead to tolerance between cultural groups and a celebration of the value of diversity that will transform intercultural relationships.
The title of this book From my own to the unknown and back to my own places the emphasis on the practical journey towards intercultural relationships. The thinking behind this has deeply to do with the transformation of ourselves that takes place in the journey with the unknown, which then in turn has a transformative impact on ourselves.
AUTHOR: M van der Westhuizen, T Greuel & C Thesnaar