Ethiopian culture tends to be family oriented. Whether it is members of your immediate family or extended family we are all equally loved. We call one another family / cousins (zemed). Growing up, I was often with cousins…extended, immediate, friends, all were cousins. They were/ and still are part of my family that I love. … More Family, the center of our lives
Have you ever found your self in a situation where you are walking around in a store, or the mall, or a coffee shop and you run into a fellow Ethiopian? Its an awkward moment where you make eye contact, have a moment of recognition, and you instinctively want to greet your Ethiopian brother or … More To Say “Selam” or not? That is the question.
Biculturals take part, to varying degrees, in the life of two or more cultures. They adapt their attitudes, behaviors, and values to these cultures and they combine and blend aspects of the cultures involved (see here). It has long been known that there are many advantages to being bicultural such as having a greater number … More Bi-culturalism- Am I More or less Ethiopian?
I recently engaged in a discussion about Ethiopians being mentally colonized. Ethiopia has never been colonized by any European nation. Ethiopia was occupied by the Italians, however Italy was never successful in colonizing Ethiopia. Ethiopia is proud to be the only African nation to never be colonized. But has Ethiopia been psychologically/ mentally colonized? Consider … More Are we mentally conolized?
I have great memories of my grandmother. I am blessed to have spent some quality time with her during her last few years of life. She is an amazing person who fascinates me with her endless wit, funny stories and undying love of family. She was always giving advice and using Ethiopian sayings to give life … More Lebeshe endiy berdesh “wear something so you don’t get cold”
I would like to get some feedback from you (my readers) about what it means to be Ethiopian American. I will give my answer here, and then as you all post and engage in the conversation you can be featured on this page as well. I will start with my answer: To me, being an … More What does it mean to be an Ethiopian American to you?
I recently had the opportunity to meet an amazing Ethiopian woman: Bethlehem Alemu. She is the founder of SoleRebels. SoleRebels is a company which makes shoes from recycled rubber from tires. Her whole concept is “making something from nothing”. She created the company because she saw a problem in her community. She asked herself Why … More SoleRebels
Last week I had the opportunity to go see this documentary. It is amazing because it brings about a new perspective to how people see Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a rich culture. It is full of people coming up with innovative ways to effectuate actual change throughout the country. It fascinated me even more because … More Sincerely, Ethiopia: A must see Documentary
Two weeks ago I got news that I passed the Maryland Bar Exam. Years of hard work culminated to this very moment. It was a plethora of feelings and emotions that I felt upon finding out. This experience has been humbling. It has made me dream bigger than I ever thought possible. I can … More Ethiopian American Girl, Esquire
Best friend, confidant, road dog, home girl…what ever you call her, you have to have at least one. Ethiopian American girls need to have a core group of girlfriends. (obviously my opinion, but I think most people can understand why). The core group does not have to big . just one is enough. We all … More Friends