CouchSurfing through a Silent World: Meeting the International Deaf Community

GrendelQ

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Premium Member
This lovely video from a deaf and very talented TLC alumna and Wellesley grad is a submission to the CouchSurfing "Get Inspired" contest -- and it ends today! "Like" the video on YT to give her a shot at winning.

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This is a submission for the CouchSurfing "Get Inspired" contest. Please "like" or comment on this video if you can! The contest ends on NOVEMBER 30 at 12pm GMT!

I'm a 21-year-old who recently graduated from college in America. I've been traveling solo in Europe for the last couple of months, touching Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and France. And I have more adventures yet to come.

I am Deaf, and identify myself as being part of a cultural and linguistic minority in America. Since we are such a small, but diverse group of people who tend to have mediocre access to resources like translation services and a uniform educational system, the feeling of isolation is all too common.

After being immersed in a predominantly hearing environment with minimal exposure to other Deaf people for many years, I have always aspired to travel to other countries and meet others who not only share this unique perception of life, but also could introduce me to their own cultures and languages. However, it seemed like a daunting task due to the cultural and language differences that traveling tends to involve.

The admirable CouchSurfing project has allowed me to connect with local Deaf and signing folks from four different countries, and my expectations of the possible communication challenges were defied by my hosts' willingness to communicate with me in all ways possible. By inviting me to their homes, teaching me how to cook their local foods, and showing me their cities, my new Deaf and signing friends have imparted me with valuable knowledge - academic, emotional, and artistic - and have exposed me to sign languages of their countries that would have otherwise been extraordinarily difficult to discover if it weren't for this project.
 

Jiro

If You Know What I Mean
Premium Member
ah yes. she was in NYC with me and bunch of my friends a couple months ago. I'm glad she has opened her eyes and realized it. It was hard for me to explain it to her and nothing can beat a real-life experience like this to convince a person.

proud of her! :thumb:
 

GrendelQ

41°17′00″N 70°04′58″W
Premium Member
ah yes. she was in NYC with me and bunch of my friends a couple months ago. I'm glad she has opened her eyes and realized it. It was hard for me to explain it to her and nothing can beat a real-life experience like this to convince a person.

proud of her! :thumb:

What did you try to explain to her?
 

GrendelQ

41°17′00″N 70°04′58″W
Premium Member
the description in OP and the purpose of her trip were self-explanatory.

Sure, I understood her video and the quote in my OP, I'm asking about your comment. What was it you tried and found hard to explain to her, opened her eyes to a few months ago?
 

Jiro

If You Know What I Mean
Premium Member
Sure, I understood her video and the quote in my OP, I'm asking about your comment. What was it you tried and found hard to explain to her, opened her eyes to a few months ago?

exactly what she just discovered from her trip

:confused:
 

Cloggy

New Member
Excellent video. "Liked" it on YouTube webside..

exactly what she just discovered from her trip

:confused:
You sound disappointed that instead of listening to your advise, she still went on that trip.

What was she thinking off.???
 

Jiro

If You Know What I Mean
Premium Member
Excellent video. "Liked" it on YouTube webside..


You sound disappointed that instead of listening to your advise, she still went on that trip.

What was she thinking off.???

disappointed? and no I did not advise her to not go on trip. and no I did not give her any advice. I only tried to explain about deaf life, audism, oralism, and ignorant belief held by hearing parents.

ah yes. she was in NYC with me and bunch of my friends a couple months ago. I'm glad she has opened her eyes and realized it. It was hard for me to explain it to her and nothing can beat a real-life experience like this to convince a person.

proud of her! :thumb:

does that sound disappointed? and you know you sound like? a troll and a troublemaker.

*smh*

sounds like you could use a soul-searching trip to open your eyes too and see how toxic and destructive your ignorance is on deaf people.
 
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