This was an amazing talk! And I also relate very much to what Chimamanda Adichie talked about. As a child with East Indian heritage in the US, I read many American books and some British (like Enid Blyton) and learned a lot of American history. One day it struck me that I had a different history than all this American history I had been thinking of as my own and I was very confused …

In any case, I think that what she says is pretty relevant to the way people in Vancouver often think and talk about the Downtown Eastside, which can dehumanize the people there. There is a really interesting project called the Hope in Shadows calendar which aims to challenge this (http://www.hopeinshadows.com/). Over the past couple of years, volunteering at a transition house and listening to relevant speakers, such as someone who works for Hope in Shadows, has really pushed me to challenge the stereotypes with which I operate. I find I have to do make a conscious effort to do this. Sometimes it’s hard not to think of things in terms of stereotypes, especially when many people around you speak as if those stereotypes are true…. Is this something that other people find challenging to?

Anyways, thanks for posting this! I’m look forward to reading other people’s thoughts.