Signs that you are becoming Dutch
Have you been living in Holland for a while? Do you think you might be becoming Dutch or do you think you might actually be Dutch? Here are a few more warning signs to look out for:
You’ve unintentionally freaked out your non-European friends by automatically kissing them on the cheek three times when saying hello. You’ve also experienced that confusing moment when you give your European, non-Dutch friends the incorrect number of cheek kisses. The locks on your bicycle are more valuable than the bike itself; but you’ve still had your bicycle stolen.
Source: Stuart B for Iamexpat
Inspirational workshops a succes!
Most of the 40 participants of our inspirational workshops (3 July 2014) agreed that the workshops were a success. The evaluation forms show that most participants were 'positive' and a high number were 'very positive' about the workshops and the location. The following photos provide an impression of the workshops.
Young, old(er) and multicultural participants get inspiration to create characters for their children's stories.
Children's characters are ready for their story.
Felipe inspires writes with his play on sound.
Minorities are making majority listen!
Social media have allowed the voice of minorities to reverberate on issues that traditional media used to ignore. Media in the Netherlands does not always reflect society; neither in its composition nor in its reporting. Too white, too male and often not (ethnically) diverse. These criticisms, often heard, are based on facts. In 2011 the Monitor Representation in the Dutch Public Broadcasting concluded that the Dutch television 'is not representative of the Dutch population in relation to women and race'. But internet has increased the space for public debate tremendously. Minorities are asserting themselves and their needs through social media. And when stories or debates get bigger and bigger, then 'mainstream' media needs to address these as well. This is also happening.
Jennie Barbier voor VK
How to participate in our international children's stories competition?