>Understanding Other Cultures
Yesterday, I happened to attend a presentation on Egypt conducted by a brilliant Egyptian colleague. After her talk, an equally brilliant American colleague asked:
“Could you talk a little about diversity in Egypt?”
“About what??” she asked, looking bemused. This colleague’s English is perfect, so it wasn’t a linguistic problem. It was a cultural one.
“About diversity,” the American professor answered. “Everybody keeps talking about Egypt as if its people were one. They forget about the diversity of the population.”
“But we are one,” the Egyptian colleague responded. “We are all the people of Egypt, one nation, one people.”