PARENTING & CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

GETTING TO KNOW OUR NEIGHBOURS Yesterday we had some visitors come round for some coffee and cake. They are a Norwegian-Pakistani family of six (four kids aged 6 to 14) who live in our neighbourhood. The parents in this family were raised in Norway by lower-income, working class immigrants from Pakistan, identical...

Embrace immigration

My emotions were aroused (and provoked) by an article that came out in Aftenposten on the 2 January entitled “Ikkje min kulturminister” (Ikkje min kulturminister) in which journalist Jon Hustad shares his frustrations at Norwegian Minister for Culture Hadia Tajik’s inability (or unwillingness) to provide us with a satisfactory definition of what Norwegian culture...

Be hungry!

Be hungry! (No, I am not talking about food.) My name is Pellegrino. “Pellegrino” is a very unusual name, even for Italians. It means “pilgrim”. However, it is also a very suitable name for me because for the past 27 years I have travelled around the world and interacted...