Our Cultures Must Be Read
By Isabella Rolz
Everyone who knows me, is aware that I’m very passionate about writing, especially about politics and culture.
Culture is an essential character of an individual’s life because it encircles the social, political and economic spheres. Culture is the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the mantras you were taught growing up, passed down from generations; culture is what makes races, ethnicities, tribes and countries unique.
Two years ago, I received the opportunity from an online magazine to become a writer correspondent for my native country. While there, I published articles related to tourism and culture in Guatemala. During this experience I learned how to transmit culture through my writing.
Cultural more academically is defined as “shared patterns of behaviors and interactions, cognitive constructs and understanding that are learned by socialization; the growth of a group identity fostered by social patterns unique to the group.”
However, it was not until I realized that several Central American media organizations shared my articles, that I understood that culture journalism is a type of writing that is tremendously important for a country and a region. Individuals are interested in reading pieces that describe a part of their life, and culture does that. As explained above, culture defines shared patterns and behaviors. Hence, by writing about the Guatemalan culture I received positive responses from not only my native country, but from the Central American region as well.
In Central America we are very traditional. We embrace ancient traditions. These traditions are reflected in several daily life aspects, ranging from food to famous monuments. In Guatemala for example, we love to share our passion for our textiles, these are unique and every department of Guatemala makes its own textiles with different designs and textures.
Unfortunately, culture journalism is still pretty undiscovered in this region, and despite the existence of several media houses in these countries, they are more focused on publishing about local news. In order to keep important traditions alive and to make sure different cultures are discovered, journalism related to this topic must become a priority.
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