My name is Aisha Rutnam. My family are culturally from India, however migrated to the UK, where my mother was later born and raised. She then moved to Japan and both my sister and I were born in Kobe and spent most of our childhood in Sydney (Gadigal Land). As a family, we have embraced several different cultures and perspectives that have contributed to our worldview as it currently stands. Personally, I believe these unique and different experiences have allowed me to become much more aware about different cultures, their traditions, and the impact of their experiences on how they see the world. Regarding behaviour change, I respect those with diverse cultures and experiences and believe these perspectives should be shared and embraced. These will foster a kind, compassionate and respectful society.
Cultural awareness is being aware of cultural differences and similarities exist, without judging individuals on their culture. Cultural awareness does not mean understanding each culture but merely being willing to ask others questions, being curious and welcoming others from different cultures as opposed to labelling them. Moreover, cultural awareness is pertinent in the 21st Century as globalisation and diplomatic issues such as wars have brought more people from different cultures closer together than they ever have been before.
To increase cultural awareness: (Shremaya is a fantastic way to start!!!)
Shremaya aims to embrace different cultures, experiences and understandings of the world to foster a societal shift to one of inclusion and understanding. Moreover, personal growth for individuals and more broadly, a more productive society.