HALF ART: Like 1989 was for Berlin, 1994 was for SA

Business Day Live | Chris Thurman:


Citizens of the “global south” spending time in the “global north” are torn between nostalgia and a form of colonial cringe. We miss familiarity, even as we are thrilled by novelty; pride in the places we come from is matched by a nagging suspicion things actually are better in the places we have come to.


A piece of the dismantled Berlin Wall displayed at the Haus der Geschichte, Bonn. Picture: Supplied

Of course, such value judgments are emotive, rather than rational. They tend to be based on generalisations and stem from an ahistorical impulse: the desire to ignore how and why societies differ, and to assume that difference implies hierarchy…


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