Transculturalism can be defined as “seeing yourself in others.”
Transculturalism aligns itself with human equality above and beyond superficial differences whether of epistemological or ontological origins; i.e learned or factual. Transculturalism is a framework that helps us negotiate our global realities because societies are no longer homogeneous and therefore we must think as a human family and a good place to start is by seeing everyone as if they were you. Instead of depending on the learned stereotypes we hold of the other, transculturalism wants us to us to be mindful and engage common sense, rationality and empathy in dealing with other people. Listening and considering opinions of others is one of the skills for transcultural literacy. To be transculturally competent means acknowledging and embracing shared humans value whilst at the same time respecting our differences because diversity enrichens humankind rather than impoverish it. It would be a pity if we were all clones of each other; -looking the same, thinking the same and the rest of it.
Transculturalism asks us to start again as a human family and build tolerant communities that are mindful of the human dignity. It is indeed an appropriate social paradigm for intergrating with one another in the global village as it simply asks us to act compassionately. Practising transculturalism means fully embracing the First Article of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Transculturalism reminds us of this fundamental fact and it is hoped that “seeing oneself in others” means we will treat them the way we wish to be treated.
Yes. It is that simple!