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The Significance of Being Heard

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TheSignificance of Being Heard

The world consists of people of different gender, age, and ethnicbackground. They also possess various abilities, hence, there is needto understand that everyone is unique in their way. Mostorganizations, particularly those operating on the internationalplatform have discovered the significance of embracing diversity asit contributes to increased business success. However, thedifferences are can be recognized as some people are still beingtreated as minorities because of their language difference. Thiscreates in them the desire to be heard by the world, particularlywhen they are in foreign territories. The selected two texts thatportray the wanting to be heard theme include, “Mother Tongue” byAmy Tan and David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Everyonedeserves to be heard because it influences how people perceive them,boosts self-confidence, and promotes diversity.

Individuals are optimistic of getting a chance in life that shallchange their lifestyle for the better. They also pursue educationwith the belief that the knowledge and skills gained shall increasetheir possibilities of having a better life. When such occasionsarise, people hope that those already in such situations shall helpthem to achieve their personal goals without developing a negativeperception of them. For instance, Tan says that she could not thinkof any other way of describing her mother’s English apart frombeing broken that required fixing (Nadell, Langan &amp Comodromos272). Other people had a similar opinion of her mother’s languageas the guardian could not receive proper service from outsiders sincethey pretended not to understand or even hear her broken English. Forinstance, during the trip to New York, Tan’s mom had cashed out hersmall portfolio, and the check had delayed (Nadell, Langan &ampComodromos 272). Tan was forced to impersonate her parent as shecould express herself better so that her mother could receive theassistance she needed. The author also agrees the need to be heardinfluences other people’s perception of them when she writes how ofhow her mother’s English almost affected her life possibilities(Nadell, Langan &amp Comodromos 273). Tan emerged from an immigrantfamily, which implied that the shape of her language was notexcellent as reflected on her tests which may have limited heropportunities. Sedaris also presents a similar situation. Despite hisefforts to understand and speak French, his teacher perception of himremained adverse as the tutor once told him he exhausted him with hisfoolishness and rewarded his efforts with pain (Sedaris 173).Therefore, it is evident that Tan’s mother and Sedaris were havinga hard time in achieving their personal goals because of the negativeperception people had of them. They deserve to be heard despite theirlanguage barrier.

Another reason why it is essential to listen to other people is thatit boosts their self-confidence. When people are admired by others,they become inspired to take risks and face their fears or anychallenges that come their way. For instance, when Sedaris left NewYork for Paris, he described his first experience as forty-one yearold who was returning to school as nerve-racking, discomforting andintimidating (Sedaris 167). As a student in a foreign country, it isnot easy to maintain a high self-esteem, particularly when a personis facing a language barrier that hinders their communication.However, the teacher made it worse for the students because insteadof encouraging the learners, she ashamed them before the otherstudents. For instance, when the Yugoslav student presented herselfas an optimist, the teacher accused her of being the mastermind of agenocide program (Sedaris 169). It led the author to be keen on thekind of answer he would present to the teacher when his turn came asat one point he avoided mentioning his hobby to avoid invitingcontroversy. The teacher denied the students their chance to be heardwhich affected their level of confidence as the author writes of howhe was now convinced that everything he said was wrong (Sedaris 171).He also indicates that it even became possible to believe that theywould ever improve (Sedaris 172). On the contrary, when Tan waschallenged by being given disapproving assumptions concerning her,she decided to become rebellious (Nadell, Langan &amp Comodromos274). Her attitude boosted her self-confidence which enabled her todevelop a career. The desire to be heard allowed Tan to prove thenorm that people had developed regarding children from immigrantfamilies who were poor in language. Although Tan was also influencedinto excelling in the Science subjects as the teachers discouragedthem from writing, she maintained a positive attitude and got toachieve a bright future as a writer. Hence, providing people with achance to be heard boosts their confidence, which enables them tomake milestone achievements such as the one made by Tan.

The two articles also support the argument that everyone wants to beheard because it promotes diversity. In today’s society, people areembracing one another’s differences as they propel growth throughencouraging fresh ideas and concepts (Parvis 41). However, the onlyway a person can recognize the other person’s ability is byrespecting their differences and getting to know them. According toNadell, Langan &amp Comodromos (272), her mother had visited thehospital with the aim of obtaining her results for a CAT scan, butthe hospital claimed to have misplaced their findings. Despite thefact that the author’s mother attempted to explain herself in herbest English, they would not give her any information. However, whenthe doctor talked to Tan, he apologized for the mistake and promisedto find the results. The incident indicates that the hospitalfacility did not embrace diversity. If it did, they would not haveput off the mother who communicated in the best English. Instead,they would have shown her respect and helped her with the situationwithout the intervention of the daughter. Lack of diversity is alsoportrayed in the other article. According to Sedaris, the classconsisted of international students from Japan, Germany, Italy,Korea, and Chinese (Sedaris 170). The author of the article indicatedthat it was forbidden to speak any other language besides French inthe institution yet the teacher occasionally used the students topractice her five fluent languages. The intimidation made thestudents such as the author to pretend being deaf and even considerhaving products such as meat being sold in vending machines to avoidcommunicating the pathetic French to shop owners (Sedaris 172). Besides, when the teacher stabbed the Korean girl in the eyelid, shedid not bother to spend more time on the apology and instead blamedthe student. The teacher’s behavior indicate that she did notembrace diversity as she only made them feel that they could notaccomplish much. Her strategy of undermining the students due totheir language problems also indicates that the students are likelyto question other cultures and continue to view their practices asthe best. These practices hinder their ability to grow since theycould learn or exchange ideas from the various multi-cultural groups.Both authors demonstrate how people from different ethnic groups needto be heard. The individuals are facing numerous challenges with thelanguage barrier being the most common and listening to them canpromote diversity.

In conclusion, everyone deserves to be heard even if they belong toan immigrant family or are foreigners. The significance of providingpeople with a voice is that it changes how people perceive others. Italso enables individuals to have more self-esteem that allow them toface life challenges. Finally, wanting to be heard is also criticalas it supports diversity among society members.

Work Cited

Nadell, Judith, John Langan, and Eliza A. Comodromos. The LongmanReader. New York: Longman, 2011. Print.

Parvis, Leo. Understanding Cultural Diversity in Today`s ComplexWorld. Morrisville, NC: Lulu Press, 2013. Print.

Sedaris, David. “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” (2000): 166-173. Print.