Early Learning of Cultural Heritage: Why It’s Crucial for Children

It’s interesting that Dev Patel just admitted in an interview that he felt embarrassed about his Indian heritage while promoting Monkey Man. That passage struck a deep chord with me because I know what it’s like to reach a point in life where you can enjoy your history, your roots, and who you are. (Find the short clip of the video below. )

Second Generation kids, TCKs often struggle with a sense of belonging and identity as they navigate between different cultures. Perhaps a big reason why Cultural fests that allow them to explore their heritage and roots are not only important, but almost necessary.

Showcasing their heritage in front of an audience can boost the confidence and self-esteem of TCKs. It provides them with a sense of pride in their cultural background and strengthens their sense of self.


In the same interview, he (Dev Patel, Actor/Director of Monkey Man) talks about doubling and tripling down on the Culture, “We are all the underdogs of our story.”

“I grew up watching Bollywood and Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carrey and Jacky Chan. It’s all in there. It is the cocktail that makes me.”


“Identity as a concept can be quite challenging for a developing mind to understand. However, when you are aware of what you are contributing, integration becomes easy. It’s true that we should provide our kids with both wings and roots, and cultural events like these inspire curiosity and a desire to appreciate their heritage,” says S. Das, a first generation immigrant.


Cultural heritage festivals play a crucial role in preserving and passing down traditions from one generation to the next. Immigrant kids learn about their cultural heritage through dance, music, and other art forms, ensuring that these traditions are not lost over time.

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