Have I ever worn a grass skirt or lived in a tree? How come I speak such good English? I haven't been asked the first two since my university days in the US, but every so often some well-meaning individual hits me with the third. Among them was a Jamaican taxi driver—a fellow Caribbean citizen!—a useful reminder that no country holds the monopoly on mistaken impressions of other nationalities.
For many of us at Global Voices, correcting misperceptions about our countries and communities can be a daily pastime. It's also part of the Global Voices mission, of course, so for our 2013 end-of-year campaign we asked members of the Global Voices family to fill you in on what their countries are really about. Watch the results in this video:
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Featured in the video were:
Diana Lungu | Moldova
Firuzeh Shokooh Valle | Puerto Rico
Hisham Almiraat | Morocco
Maria Sidiropoulou | Greece
Mong Palatino | Philippines
Janine Mendes-Franco | Trinidad and Tobago
Ashish Bohora | India
Jane Ellis | Panama
Nwachukwu Egbunike | Nigeria
Yoo Eun Lee | South Korea
Ruslan Trad | Bulgaria
Chris Moya | Spain
Solana Larsen | World