Posts Tagged: identity

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Finnish identity isn’t a monolithic slab held together by power, privilege, prejudice, and bigotry

The biggest challenge facing our culturally and ethnically (non-white) community this century is the narrow definition of who we are.  As long as our definition excludes others,  all efforts at “integrating” newcomers and ensuring that they become members of society will fail. The aims of our schools to teach children of foreign parents to become

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Who determines who we are?

Here’s a simple question: By law, a person is a Finn if he or she is a Finnish citizen. Why, then, are some of these Finnish citizens spoken of and near-constantly reminded by society that they are so-called “people with foreign backgrounds?”

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Migrant Tales (April 14, 2015): My identity is mine, not yours, so stop labeling me according to your prejudices

Why do some public services like the police even some migrants believe they have the right to define who are? The police do it constantly. Every time they label a person or group as a person with “foreign” or “migrant” background they are effectively relegating that person publicly to second- or third-class status in society.

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Migrant Tales Literary: Unleashed hope (Part I)

By Anonymous Migrant Tales…Migrant Tales…Migrant Tales! you gave others and myself hope when there was nope   for East and West I probe South and North nope I drop for there was no one nope   unheard around the globe nor nothing to hang the rope for there was a steep slope   of a

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Ariela Patterson: The right to be me on my terms

One of the biggest challenges facing Finland in the new century is to come to terms with its ever-growing cultural diversity. While some Finns have no problems with this, others oppose it. Finland’s cultural diversity is, however, something that nobody can stop. There are today tens of thousands of Finns with multicultural backgrounds. Ariela Patterson,

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Save the Children: Too little attention is given to racist harassment of minors in Finland

The racist harassment that children are exposed to in Finland is either played down or sidelined completely, according to a statement by Save the Children (Pelastakaa Lapset), an association founded in 1922 that aims to improve the lives of children in Finland and abroad.  You can read the Save the Children statement (in Finnish) here.

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RACE FILES: Blinkered By Race

By Race Files No, I don’t mean car blinkers. I’m referring to the kind of blinkers that are used to keep race horses looking straight ahead at the jockey’s goal while blinding them to the distractions on either side. Racism blinkers us. It imposes a kind of tunnel vision, causing social problems to appear to

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Kun Suomi ei ole oikea vastaus

  Olin mennyt viettämään koulujen päättäjäisiä yhteen puistoon. Kun olin jo jonkin aikaa jutellut yhden lukiolaisen kanssa, hän alkoi kysyä mistä vanhempani ovat tulleet.  Vastasin Suomesta. Se on teknisesti totta koska olen adoptoitu. Sitten hän kysyi missä heidän vanhempansa tulevat. Vastasin Suomesta tietty. Sitten hän jatkoi juttelua muista asioista. Itselleni jäi ikävä tunne suuhun siitä.

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Our Finnish national identity in the new century

For some anti-immigration groups, my background as a Finn must be a nightmare. The bad dream these groups dread to see is nothing more than the present and future staring back at them. It is the new Finland of the twenty-first century looking, together with others from our ever-culturally diverse society, confidently at the future.

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Milloin minusta tulee suomalainen?

”Olenko suomalainen?” on niitä kysymyksiä, jotka yhdistävät kaikkia toisen polven maahanmuuttajia. Mutta kaikista kipeimmin se koskettaa värillisiä. Kantasuomalaisten keskuudessa kuuluu välillä lausahdus maassa maan tavalla mutta mitä tämä sanonta oikeasti tarkoittaa.

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