Cynthia Dawn Ritchie Profile
|Real Name:||Cynthia Dawn Ritchie|
|Profession:||Freelance Director & A Producer|
Who Is Cynthia Dawn Ritche
Cynthia Dawn Ritchie is an American woman by birth, a freelance director, a producer and also a writer.
Cynthia decided to visit and live in Pakistan’s federal capital, Islamabad with the sole purpose of living there.
While there She maintains a verified Twitter account, where she posts content revolving around projecting a ‘positive’ image of Pakistan. Unsurprisingly, it does not question anything done at the state level but questions pretty much everything people-driven. After her photos of riding a bicycle in Peshawar went viral, a debate sprung up on Pakistani Twitter. Although Some have argued that Cynthia was projecting a ‘positive’ image of Pakistan. Others spoke about the dangers of a white woman telling Pakistani women about what they should do.
Few Things You Need To Know About Cynthia Ritche
Cynthia is also a writer working with the ETribune, The News Int’l and South Asia Magazine.
She is also a eedia director and a Producer orking with ADifferentLens
Cynthia D Ritchie is an independent chief, maker and interchanges expert who as of now lives in Islamabad.
You have portrayed yourself as a worldwide resident what has motivated you to consider yourself in such a manner.
Read Cythia’s Viral Twitter Revelation on June 5th 2020 About Her Family Attacked In 2011
Cynthia’s Family Attacked 2011 as she claimed, she said on twitter that the incident happened at IM’s house in min enclave around the OBL incident. I thought it a meeting about my visa but I was given flowers/ a drugged drink. I kept quiet – who in PPP gov’t would help me against PPP IM?
Occurred at IM’s house in min enclave 2011 around the OBL incident. I thought it a meeting about my visa but I was given flowers/ a drugged drink. I kept quiet – who in PPP gov’t would help me against PPP IM?
Recently they attacked family; I’ve had it. Ready to face any accuser https://t.co/KkGSKTERQs
— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) June 5, 2020
And, yes, I did tell someone at the UsEmb in 2011, but due to ‘fluid’ situation and ‘complex’ relations between US and Pakistan, response was less than adequate.
I’ve been engaged to a wonderful man who I met in 🇵🇰. He encouraged me to speak out, so we can move on as a couple. https://t.co/PpfdF9Fuib
— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) June 5, 2020
There is much more. But now I need a few days to rest and be alone with my fiance. I’m tired.
I ask the PPP leadership @BBhuttoZardari to tell its people to leave my family alone.
I will be ready to meet any and all investigators, as is required by law, as early as next week.
— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) June 5, 2020
In an exclusive interview with the Global Village, Cynthia describes herself as a global citizen and how her childhood desire to be Indiana Jones led her to Pakistan and the love for people keeps bringing her back.
Read Her Full Interview Below…
You have described yourself as a global citizen what has inspired you to think of yourself in such a way when throughout the world, people, it seems are reverting to their narrow identities?
Cynthia Ritchie Speaks:
This comes with a combination of nature and nurture, my parents encouraged me from a very early age to explore the world, and to never be afraid to talk to people who look different or sound different. They always wanted me to meet people from different ethnicities, and would actually get upset if I had too many friends who looked like me.
This is something I grew up with; even coming from a conservative southern part of the United States, we were encouraged to have friends from all over the world and learn the simpler words of other languages like ‘please’ or ‘hello’ or whatever customary greetings are common. And I believe now more than ever it is important to think outside the box, to put ourselves aside, and learn new things through education and travel.
GVS: When I scrolled down your Facebook timeline, it seems most of the news is related to Pakistan, why this fascination with Pakistan.
Cynthia Ritchie: Well, Pakistan was introduced to me by Pakistani Americans. I would have probably never come to Pakistan, if it wasn’t for my friends in the U.S. telling me to travel to Pakistan. And as a consequence, Pakistan became my Egypt. My childhood dream was to be the Indiana Jones of Egyptian archeology.
When I came here, I was so fascinated by a variety of things. So I tell people, “Look, Pakistan has its challenges, so you will be frustrated, you might even be frightened, but you will always be FASCINATED”. So those are the 3Fs I use to simply define Pakistan.
That’s the thing about this country, just when you think you know what’s going on, something else unveils itself like a multi-layered onion. That is one of the things I love about the country, as there are so many cultural nuances and microcosms in the society that you can never be bored exploring this nation.
GVS: What misconceptions do people in the U.S. have of Pakistan, and how do you wish to change them?
Cynthia Ritchie: Well the pervasive narrative about Pakistan has been that it’s a nation that harbours terrorism, and due to this people tend to think that because a few bad guys have been caught in the country, the others will be the same, which is certainly untrue. If we apply that to the United States, then we would end up thinking that about ourselves too.
So my goal is to showcase how much the people here have in common with the ones in the United States, and there are more things common than we may think there are. I am not interested in replacing massive amount of propaganda, with more propaganda, but rather highlight the sense of normalcy in the nation, which mean we have far more common than differences.
Pakistan’s curry is America’s Cajun spices. People are people, and it is up to us as individuals how to be good guests in whatever homes we are invited into, on a macro or micro level, and represent our country’s better.
GVS: You have seen a lot of Pakistan, which place do you wish to revisit the most? And why?
Cynthia Ritchie: I cannot name one place in specific, but I am a mountain girl. If anybody asks me do you like the beaches or the mountains, I would always say mountains. I love the Northern Areas, which have quite thankfully become much easier to travel in recent years.
So I am more intrigued to discover the mountain ranges of Sindh and Baluchistan; and my goal is, that if I can travel through the country, then why can’t the locals? The locals can become good ambassadors to their own country, by highlighting different aspects of it through social media, which should eventually encourage more internationals to travel to Pakistan.
GVS: People often remember you as ‘the American Batting for Pakistan’, is that the right depiction of what you’re doing?
Cynthia Ritchie: Aside from the fact that I practically know nothing about cricket, I am flattered that people think of me in such a way. Everyone’s perception is their own reality, so I guess that where the title comes from. I would like for my role here to be more long-term and permanent, and I know I always consider myself as a friend of Pakistan.
Being a friend, I would not always say that everything is perfect because that’s not the case. True friends, help one another when they stumble. So if one of my friends, comes out of the bathroom, and his/her shalwar kameez isn’t adjusted properly, I would tell them. Same way, if someone says to me “hey Cynthie, your dupatta is trailing away”, I would fix it, because that’s what friends do.
I hope to also separate people from policy, and portray Pakistani people for what they truly are to the global community.
GVS: Do you have a funny travel story to share with us from your time here?
Cynthia Ritchie: Oh there are many funny stories, I am beginning to write my memoirs and the stories keep coming up in my head. So while I was struggling learning Urdu, I asked someone “apka ki naam hai? (What’s your name)” and the person replied “name”. And so I said “yes, name, what’s your name?” And so that went on for a while, before my friend comes up to me and says “Cynthia, Naeem is his name”.
So for me that is a very simple story, and yet tell a lot about what my experiences are like. We were both saying the same thing. I was asking a question, he understood and gave me an answer, and yet we couldn’t understand each other because of a misinterpretation.
GVS: Your family has also visited Pakistan many times, how have their experiences been?
Cynthia Ritchie: I have had loved ones visit me here. My sister approved of her oldest child to come to visit me here, which was a huge deal. And a lot of my friends and family members have been watching my travels throughout Pakistan through social media, and initially, most of them thought I was losing my mind, while the others were simply fascinated.
So my friends who were adventure travellers; people for example who have climbed the K2 after 3 attempts amazed me, and I could not fathom do what they do (unless it was a matter of life or death of course). My life in comparison is much simpler, if I’m bored and stuck at home, that is the worst thing ever. I want to always be challenged, and so my friends and family have watched me over the years and do not understand what is going on with me.
So they thought it would be a good experience if they’re child (my niece) would come and stay with me here for a while. For me, this was a great honor because when any parent trusts me firstly with their child, and secondly to send their kid in a region that is not favourably known as safe.
To show people around Islamabad or Lahore is easy, but if they stay for a longer period, I would want to take them to places like military hospitals where people are suffering, acid-attack female victims etc. There are so many elements here, that people truly need to appreciate.
They also need to appreciate the contributions of all the uniform services, for the sacrifices they have made to establish the current sense of security in the country. I come from a military family, so we have always had a great deal of respect for every individual who puts on a uniform with honor and integrity to serve his/her country.
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