Analysis Of Her Ted Talk By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Essay

1392 Words Feb 1st, 2016 6 Pages
In her TED talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the role of perception in her life and how it has affected her. Many times we have been through experiences that surprise us in regard to perception, such as the first time we meet someone from another culture. We have been inundated with stereotypes and preconceived notions since we were children, through stories, media, parents, teachers, and friends. Furthermore, these presuppositions that we carry are rarely, if ever, based on anything substantial, yet they show up in every part of our lives. Adichie calls this notion of this one sided preconceived bias the “single story.” This “single story” is interesting due to the fact that even if we can overcome it, we are still affected by it. Adichie speaks about how even though she had become enlightened to this dilemma, she is still subject to it. As for her experience, she says this,
“…as often happens in America, immigration became synonymous with Mexicans. There were endless stories of Mexicans as people who were fleecing the healthcare system, sneaking across the border, being arrested at the border, that sort of thing…. walking around on my first day in Guadalajara, watching the people going to work, rolling up tortillas in the marketplace, smoking, laughing. I remember first feeling slight surprise. And then, I was overwhelmed with shame. I realized that I had been so immersed in the media coverage of Mexicans that they had become one thing in my mind, the abject…

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