2019.11.9 Ali from Iraq

 

 

The special guest in this issue is Ali, who came to Taiwan from Iraq and settled in Taiwan for 12 years.
The reason why I really wanted to do the theme of Central Asia was that when I was in Moscow,
I met many friends from countries that I had never heard of,
and I participated in a New Year event in Central Asia in March this year. I had this idea at that time. .
Indeed, the course after the summer vacation also started the children’s initial understanding of Central Asian countries.
But after all, Lara has never been there… I always feel that the introduction is less blind…
So, inviting local special guests to speak up should be the best way to let us know the real world.

Maybe many people have heard the story of “The Adventures of Sinbad”,
and our journey starts from here~ From the ancient capital Baghdad,
the two rivers in history textbooks – Euphrates and Tigris,
from words to reality life unfolds before our eyes. In this hub of the Silk Road,
the multilingual environment allows Ali to switch from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, to Kurdish to greet his elders
when he visits his friend’s house,
just like when we buy vegetables in the market Taiwanese and speaking
with their mother in Mandarin at home are the same~ In class,
the children also practiced how to say hello in different languages ​​together~

Ali also shared that in the beginning, only “students” could wear headscarves 👳‍,
which is a symbol of identity (people who can go to school).
Especially the pure white headscarf, which is only worn by 👨‍🎓 students of the school,
and this custom is still preserved in more traditional places.
The headscarf not only represents the identity,
but also has the effect of preventing wind and sand in the 🏜 desert and blocking the sun.
(This is true! Lara’s experience in the Sahara Desert in Egypt is… If you don’t wrap it tightly, you will be pulled.)
In addition, the headscarf can also be transformed into a lunch bag or a suitcase
(the picture of watching a historical story play when I was a child immediately came to my mind,
a piece of Wrap it in a square towel as a luggage package)
is really a multi-purpose thing! Say hi to each other in these languages ​​🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Ali also shared that in the beginning, only “students” could wear headscarves👳‍,
which is a symbol of identity (people who can go to school)

Especially the pure white headscarf, which is only worn by 👨‍🎓 students of the school,
and this custom is still preserved in more traditional places

The hijab represents identity beyond
It also has the effect of preventing wind and sand in the 🏜 desert and blocking the sun
(This is true! Lara’s experience in the Sahara Desert in Egypt is… If you don’t wrap it tightly, it will be miserable~)In addition
The headscarf can also be transformed into a lunch bag or a suitcase
(the picture of watching historical stories when I was a child immediately came to my mind

A square towel wrapped as a luggage package) is really multi-purpose!

What’s more interesting is, did you know that Chinese zithers and Western guitars may all come from ancient Baghdad?
In the class, we also experienced an Iranian musical instrument – the Daf hand drum,
which is said to have different forms according to different regions.
Ali came to a happy movement belonging to the Kurds,
and then we also danced happily with the music. A little dance.
I still remember that my former Central Asian friends were best at shaking their shoulders,
which became a feature of their dance. The Kurds are very fond of music and dance.
At every banquet, men and women dance until dawn without shouting. 💃

 
Ali is a Kurd from Iraq. Perhaps many people’s impression of the Kurds may have been heard after the US withdrew from Iraq…
The Kurds, who have a population larger than Taiwan’s, do not have their own country,
but are scattered in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria. Being culturally sensitive,
I couldn’t help but ask Ali, is there discrimination against Kurds in Iraq?
Unexpectedly, he replied: Kurds are usually more honest and reliable,
so they get a lot of management job opportunities instead.
Such an answer is indeed something I never thought of,
all aspects of cultural and social phenomena intertwined are really worth our observation and understanding…

 

I am very happy that Ali took root in Taiwan and found his second home..

If you are interested in #iraq #kuds #middle east, welcome to visit Ali’s fan club~ Shaku Maku Middle East news

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