Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: National Versus Ethnic Loyalty in Diplomacy

EPISODE #5

Synopsis

How are you meant to represent your country when you already feel like an outsider? Is nationality skin deep or just a matter of what you look like on the surface? Are you treated differently because on the surface, you don’t look like you typically comes from your represented country based on historical stereotypes and misconceptions? In this podcast, Sandra Francius and Talyn Rahman-Figueroa dive deep into the dicey issue of nationality versus ethnic loyalty, discussing how one can effectively represent one’s country against a myriad of issues of ‘belonging’.   

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

 

Show Notes

  • Be inclusive and open to all the people that live in your country, irrespective of nationalities and race
  • Ex-pats, immigrants and visitors choose to come to your country for a reason and their choice will attach to a part of their memory identity
  • You can feel loyalty towards a country you have no racial or family history in which shouldn’t be undermined or brushed off
  • You may feel loyal to many different countries and cultures that may cause a dilemma in your personal representation
  • Never feel compelled to pick who or what to represent into choices you are not comfortable with
  • We are global citizens and need to broaden our understanding and expectance of people belonging in cultures and countries they feel most attached to

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