A strange art exhibition
Yesterday I sang along the song by The Beatles under my breath because firstly, I am too shy, secondly, Csilla was sleeping in her room.
Peter is the tallest in our family. Only my younger brother is taller than Peter. I hope he will not have outgrown his new clothes within one or two months.
Today, when I was in town I took some photos of something interesting. There are signs with questions on them. They are questions about racial issues…
Our village has a population of only about 500 but different nationalities live together. It lies next to the main street and it is not far from a town where my son’s school is or where I attend my accounting and English courses or we do the weekly shopping. It takes 10 minutes to get there by car. It is near the river Danube and about 50-60 km away from the border with Hungary and Austria as well. About half a million Hungarians have lived in certain parts of Slovakia that used to belong to Hungary. Since 1989 Slovakia has become a country open to people from other countries and many foreigners have moved here. Apart from Slovaks, the town is inhabited by Hungarians, Romany and many Vietnamese guest workers have settled down as well. These people have different cultures, different traditions, different customs, different experiences, different ideas, different attitudes to life and so on. It brings on lots of problems. However, mixed marriages are becoming more and more common and their children attend the same school and grow up together. Sometimes unrest between groups of people of different nationalities living in the same place makes them fight. Especially, when one group is smaller than the other. Instead of living side by side, understanding each other’s customs and traditions, tolerating and accepting different lifestyles, sharing their cultures they are judging and condemning each other. An artist who lives in our town has made an art exhibition here. She created 30 signs with different texts in 4 languages and installed them in different places in the city, mainly on the mall. Lots of articles have appeared in local newspapers and people have had loads of heated discussions about these signs. Some people said that they cause trouble again and they are a provocation. Others think that it is a good idea. I also think that these signs will help to bring these groups together. Take a look at these pictures and tell me what you think about this problem?
I look forward to reading your ideas.
Would you accept a Vietnamese as a guest in your home?
Would you accept a Hungarian as your neighbour?
Would you accept a Romany as your friend?
Would you accept a Slovak as your colleague?
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