We now live in an interconnected world. It transforms the way we see things. Physical distance seems to lose its bearing as we become more and more globalised. We have revolutionised the way we communicate with one another. But, while many of us spend our day-to-day lives connecting with one another, even crossing territories and land boundaries, we seem to be more separate and disconnected than ever before.
Although going global has made it easier for us to see people from far off places and to see them as neighbours instead of strangers, there are still a lot of things that are still a mystery to us. We feel threatened by this unknown, and hence, our lack of knowledge of other people causes us to distrust and become wary of people we perceive as the “other”.
That’s why we still have a long way to go in bridging cultural gaps. Especially when globalising does not necessarily mean that we can completely understand one another when we attempt to link with other countries. Something always gets lost in translation. It causes an unintentional misunderstanding that puts a tension on budding relationships.
The importance of dialogues in shaping nations
Now more than ever, we should highlight the importance of dialogues. It is a crucial part of fostering international relations. Without them, the world will fall into chaos. Diplomacy cannot work without talking and interacting with each other. Dialogues need to occur so that nations can find a way to agree on mutually beneficial endeavours aimed to promote the interests of countries. Effective communication is necessary to be able to resolve disputes as a way to avoid violence.
Patokh Chodiev understands the difficulty of breaking cultural barriers, and he would like to help encourage a more open exchange of ideas that could potentially benefit and unite countries for one goal. He specifically concentrated his efforts in strengthening the cultural relations between Japan and Russia. He, together with the Chodiev Foundation members, are doing their best in setting up awe-inspiring programs that aim to enliven global discourse and dialogues between these great countries.
Patokh Chodiev Foundation’s ultimate gift for Russia and Japan’s future generation
Patokh Chodiev believes in the power of education to foster international peace. He made it his mission to stimulate cultural exchange by engineering dialogues between Japan and Russia. Through these, he believes that it will reinforce mutual respect, understanding and friendship between these nations. His foundation partnered up with national academic institutions and various government agencies to forge strong cultural links between the countries. He believes that this is the key to developing harmonious relationships between nations.
The primary mission of his foundation is to transform the lives of the youth. Guided by this principle, Dr Chodiev’s foundation is currently facilitating access to quality education. He believes that by supporting international research and educational programs, he can spark a change that could outlast his lifetime. Through his devotion to these initiatives, he has already helped build a better society for the future generation.
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