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We Breathe as One: The Role of Folktales in Diversity

Contributed by Pleasant
DeSpain, Author

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 

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