There Are Good Things From The Middle East, Like Belly Dancing

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Middle East Gets Bad Rep

Sometimes with all the media exposure about terrorism and riots, I think the Middle East along with the Muslim cultures and religion get a pretty bad rep.  Now I’m neither Middle Eastern nor Muslim.  I’m just a Canadian Chinese guy who happens to appreciate and respect all cultures of the world.

Yes, I do think terrorism in all its forms is nasty and all terrorists should be severely punished.  But to say that all folks from the Middle East (or Muslims) are terrorists is like saying that all Catholics are card-carrying members of the IRA or all Japanese and Germans still have secret plans to take over their respective regions of the world as the imperialists and Hitler envisioned.

Now come on folks!  We know that these generalizations just aren’t true!

The people who make these types of stereotyped generalizations are the same that think that all of us Chinese like to do mathematics as a hobby and prefer to squat rather than sit on toilets.  These people just haven’t been exposed to enough human diversity to realize that the troubles of the world out there are caused by the relatively small numbers of bad apples that can be found in any race or culture.

Show The Good From Human Diversity

So for today with Motivational WebTV #56, I’m going to show you some more good from human diversity via additional footage I shot from the Carassauga multicultural festival here in my hometown.  It’s easily one of my favourite moments from the entire festival.

This is the video performances of the lovely belly dancers showing their moves from Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt.  So you see folks, there are good things from the Middle East, not to mention the tasty cuisine that comes from that part of the world too.

Might Not Be Politically Correct But So What?

Now, some people might think that I might not be politically correct by showing half naked belly dancers on my blog by so what?  I’m even going to go as far as saying that I really love watching these ladies.  In fact, I wish I had this type of live entertainment at home and I’m not ashamed of it at all!

If you ever wondered what type of girl does Clint Cora like — well just look at the ones in the video :)  If any of them are available and can snow ski, I would really be in trouble!

To me, such human diversity performances have made me more open to the cultures behind them.  When I interact with Middle Easterners, I think about the really cool things about their culture like their music, dances and food rather than wondering if they are strapping bombs underneath their clothing.

Here is the new video and enjoy the dancing as well as the sounds from the Middle East.

Human Diversity Is Here To Stay So Use It

I know that there are some folks out there that haven’t jumped onto the diversity bandwagon yet.  But whether they like it or not, human diversity is here to stay.  Those individuals and companies who want to be successful better learn how to interact well with people from all different backgrounds.  Those who do not will simply be left behind and if that means more business for us who do embrace diversity, so be it.

If you missed some of the other videos highlighting the Carassauga festival, check these out;

Beautiful Hawaiian Dancers

Highlights From Multiple Cultures

If you know others who would like any of these videos, please share them.  There are buttons on the blog post to easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and by email.  All past episodes from my series are at my Motivational WebTV Archive.

By the way, much of the performances from this video were by talented belly dancers from Habeeba’s Egyptian Belly Dance Studio in Toronto, Canada.  I’ve seen quite a few of their shows.  If you ever want to book them for performances or learn how to belly dance, I would suggest that you contact them.

Feel free to let me know what you think of my new video and this post below in the comments section.  I do check and respond!

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  • Tinku

    It’s good to see that you’re so open minded Clint, especially with so much negative representation of the Middle East in the media. Glad to have you as a friend!

  • http://www.clintcora.com Clint Cora

    Thanks for watching Tinku. Carassauga actually had a belly dancer at the India pavilion too but I didn’t get her on video. I didn’t know there was belly dancing in India too.