Delia Blanco: “You only love what you know, and to know our culture we have the book All Things Dominican”April 26, 2017
Musician Rafael Solano, anthropologist Delia Blanco and cultural artisan and manager Manuel Guillén participate in the panel “Dominican customs and rhythms: an offer full of life and color” in the Santo Domingo International Book Fair
Blanco said this about All Things Dominican and about what the country’s cultural richness and diversity means last Monday at the Santo Domingo International Book Fair. Professor
Rafael Solano, anthropologist and historian Delia Blanco and cultural artisan and manager Manuel Guillén participated, as invitees of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), in the panel “Dominican customs and rhythms: an offer full of life and color” on April 24.
Representing the organizing team, Reydi Moreta spoke about one of the most recent and successful GFDD/Funglode publications. “It is a light and refreshing
read, in English and Spanish, that presents the main aspects of the Dominican Republic, the natural resources and culture of the country, from a modern and innovative perspective, easy to comprehend, with an emphasis on curious and little-known information.
One of the questions that emerged from the panel was: “It’s no mystery to anyone that as a country we have the problem of not loving and recognizing our identity. What do we owe this to and how
might the book All Things Dominican help to love our culture?”
Delia Blanco responded with an extensive explanation that she culminated by saying: “You only love what you know, and to know our culture we have the book All Things Dominican”.
About the book
The tangible and the intangible, the traditional and the modern, the spirit that creates new trends and the conservative emphasis on
preserving our roots, the creative expressions that stimulate the finest senses of rhythm, sound, sight, smell, and taste, inviting us to think, feel, and dream – all this forms part of what we call lo nuestro, lo dominicano, which infuses our daily lives, our homes, our streets, our workplaces, and follows us when we travel abroad or live out of our home country. What brings us together identifies us, makes us proud, and inspires us to keep creating and contributing to this abundant and
prolific heritage of very particular expressions of what we are – expressions also appreciated, enjoyed, and shared by people from all corners of the globe.