The Ponds Of Kalambayi By Michel Tidwell Essay

1609 Words Nov 16th, 2016 7 Pages
In The Ponds of Kalambayi, Michel Tidwell shares his experience of his Peace Corps mission to teach the people of Kalambayi how to make fish ponds in order to make another source of food. While he talks about his experience, he also shows the connections Kalambayi’s interaction in globalization with the trading of raw materials like cotton and diamonds. However, with these connections, Kalambayi is disconnected from the Western world due to neocolonialism thus causing disconnections that people from the Western world have not considered.
Because Belgium colonized Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) there is still neocolonialism within Kalambayi after they gained independence from them. Around the 1950’s, the Belgians introduced fish culture to Kalambayi but “the necessary instruction on how to manage the ponds and feed the fish was limited or nonexistent. The Belgians more or less stocked the ponds and left” (37). While Tidwell is there to genuinely help these people with, there is still a stereotype about being a white man: “Rumor about the man acting like the superior and took the profit, a business man, not a helper” (pg). Through this rumor, this shows the stereotype of the white man taking away the profit from the Kalambayi people because of previous experiences. Through Michel’s experience of not having a lot of fish farmers because of this rumor, it shows how there is still a legacy of colonialism. Even in the present, there is still…

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