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We Breathe as One: The Role of Folktales in Diversity

August 31, 2016

Contributed by Pleasant DeSpain, Author

Fundamentally, diversity means difference. Fundamentally, folktales invite inclusion. Sitting  on a litter-strewn beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka during the fall of 2000, a 17-year- old Sinhalese lad named Nehan approached me and asked if he could practice speaking  English. He told me about his life and his family, the difficulties of the  ongoing war with the Tamil, and how he hoped to succeed in life. Nehan also asked  many 
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