Sunday, May 18, 2008

Malaysia Celebrating Diversity

Malaysian Artistes For Unity Here In My Home

Well there is a new music video coming out of Malaysia today that addresses racial diversity and unity. It could easily be applied to America. However, we are hardly the only country with racial and ethnic diversity. The video is meant to promote unity and the artists ask that it be downloaded and uploaded by anyone interested in it. They are on a mission of love!

The video is Here In My Home and song by Malaysian Artistes for Unity. We are not the only ones with challenges. Malaysia is a nation of 27 million people. It sits at the crossroads (or shipping lanes!) of cultures. Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese, further away, Indian culture all influences the nation.

The nation is made up of Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Chinese, Nyonya, and indigenous people from Borneo. That’s quite a mix, it’s like trying to describe what makes a Chicagoan! The nation is predominately Muslim but tolerant of its diverse citizens. Therefore it is not difficult to find Catholic and Protestant churches or any variety of Buddhist Temples. So the vide is to promote this sense of “Us-ness” in Malaysia that goes beyond race, ethnicity or religion. It is a fun song and a great model of how to not just “tolerate” diversity but rather, to “celebrate” diversity.

The Trailer: it sets the video in context

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