Courtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Courtney talks about the diversity in the global city of London and the good and bad that comes with it.
London is an extremely diverse city. I visited here very briefly almost three years ago, but I never really understood how many different cultures are in this city until I lived here for two months. When I was a kid and I used to think of (well, dream about) London, I always thought of the things I knew that were popular in American culture - Harry Potter, the royal family, The Beatles, etc. What I didn’t realize is that London is made up of so much more than that - so much more than red telephone booths and Big Ben and fish and chips. Sure, those are very important to London’s history and culture, but it’s really all the diverse people coming together in one beautiful place that make London so incredibly special.
One of my professors, Richard, joked with us that all Americans think that all British people “talk like the Queen.” No one really understood what he meant at first, because we definitely thought that all British people sounded pretty much the same (I still kind of do because I haven’t really learned about different accents). We also learned about how the Queen has changed her accent over time in order to sound less uppity and posh and to be able to connect with the common people more since the royal family used to be very unpopular. Apparently most British people don’t really like the royal family nowadays either, which was shocking to all of us Americans because most people in the States love the royals.