TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

Is ‘foreign’ a positive or negative word?

Continuing the conversation of Pico Iyer’s insightful debate, we wanted to ask: do you view the word ‘foreign’ positively or negatively? During his Found In Translation Session, the global panel considered the existence and value of ‘foreignness’. For them, it seemed to be something that should be seeked out and cherished but this is not a universal conclusion. For some, this term holds negative connotations or is simply becoming obsolete in a world that is growing homogenously as technology and innovation link people and mix cultures.


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Jun 28 2013: In the cultural context, 'foreign' is a pretty neutral word, unless we ascribe qualities to it - positive or negative. In a truly global vision nothing will be foreign ultimately. I feel that such sweeping assumption may not be beneficial to human societies.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.