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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.


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    Jul 17 2013: Foreign could be just a feeling not a final conclusion, which
    is unfamiliar can be familiar at the end, based on adjustment. So foreign
    can be means temporary. Its not good or bad / positive or negative, just
    depends on the person how to imply it, understand, based on their way of life.
    Because adjustment is a common thing in alienation. Its
    oxymoron, common things in different way.

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