Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 5: What does it mean to be part of a culture? > Navigating Between Cultures / Navigating Multiple Identities: Part 1

With this Unit we move to the next topic. Culture, first we highlight what it means to be part of a culture.

Navigating between cultures

Write a post in your Starlog answering the question below. 
When talking about Star Trek: Deep Space 9 at the end of the video, Scott says that, “while some people argue that the series’ occasionally more conflict-laden relationships went again Gene Roddenberry’s dream of a utopian future, it’s more confrontational nature highlighted the complexities of cross-cultural communication and how it could benefit social and business interactions.” Which side of the argument do you agree with? Why?

Yes, Deep Space 9 sometimes is in conflict with the dream of a utopian future. But it is necessary to have these conflicts to highlight what has to change on earth to get into that utopian future. If you do not learn what the core of the problem is, we humans will not be able to solve these problems. And only if we know and realise what needs to change in our cross-cultural communication, we can undertake action to get better social and business interactions.

Navigating multiple identities: Part 1

Each episode in the watch list features a different character who embraces (or struggles with) their intersectionality. Which character resonates the most with you? In what ways?

  • “Journey to Babel.” Star Trek: The Original Series, broadcasted in 1967.

Spock is the main character in this episode. He struggles with being mixed Vulcan and Human. And he struggles with loyalty towards his dad and towards the Enterprise. Captain Kirk takes a decision, so Spock does not have to choose.

  • “Sins of the father.” Start Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1990

Worf is the main character in this episode. He is being called back to his home world by his brother, that he did not knew he had. There father is being accused of high treason and the son needs to fight for the honour of the family. Worf chooses to do this and the keep the identity of his brother hidden.
It turns out that the father of the challenger is the one who committed the high treason.
If that gets known, there will be a civil war in the empire. So Worf takes the decision to accept exile. To leave the Klingon world behind him.

  • “Family.” Start Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1990

Jean-Luc and his brother are not really best friend. Jean-Luc struggles with going back to the enterprise or starting a new project with a friend on earth. Jean-Luc and his brother argue about passed issues and even end up in a fist fight. The fist fight clears the air between them and it breaks Jean-Luc to start accepting what happened with him at the Borg. Jean-Luc realises he belongs on the enterprise.
Worf feels uncomfortable with his adoptive parents on board. The parents are getting into a conversation with Guinan and that learns them more about how the man Worf is right now. The feel free to talk to Worf and tell him, they are behind him.
Wesley gets a movie that his father taped when he was 10 weeks old. He learns more about his dad. And gets at peace with growing up without his dad.

  • “The cost of living.” Start Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1992

The main characters in this episode are Alexander (son of Worf) and Roxanna Troy (mother of Deanna Troy). They become friends. Roxanna learn Alexander how to deal with the rules of his dead and Alexander learns Roxanna not to give up her values, just because she wants to get married, because she does not want to get old alone.

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