Chimamanda Adichie: “The danger of a single story”

April 13, 2012 Writing Comments (0) 102

This is terrific. Author Chimamanda Adichie tells of her childhood in Nigeria, reading American and English books and then writing books with white characters playing in the snow, eating apples, and discussing “the weather,” then goes on to discuss the danger of knowing a people, place, or culture through only a “single story.” Well worth watching for anyone – if you’re a writer, I’d say it’s vital.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

“I recently spoke at a University where a student told me that it was such a shame that Nigerian men were physical abusers, like the father character in my novel. I told him that I had just read a novel called American Psycho, and that it was such a shame that young Americans were serial murderers.”

 

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