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The best of all possible worlds! This truly global multicultural reader features contemporary selections by sixty-one internationally acclaimed authors from twenty-six countries.
These compelling readings explore cultural differences in relation to race, class, gender and nationality, challenging students to compare their experiences with those of others in radically different cultural circumstances. Thematic chapters explore cultural perspectives on human experiences around the globe; family life, adolescent relationships, gender roles, work, race and class conflicts, customs, rituals and values. A new chapter focuses on the role of food in different cultures.
Table of Contents
1 Family & Friends
Joe Bageant, "Valley of the Gun" United States
Taylor Clark, "Plight of the Little Emperors" China
Meeta Kaur, "Journey by Inner Light" India/United States
K. Oanh Ha, "American Dream Boat" Vietnam/United States
**Neal Gabler, "The Social Networks" United States
**Gary Shteyngart, "Sixty-Nine Cents" Russia/United States
2 Life Experiences
Sucheng Chan, "You’re Short, Besides!" China/United States
Christy Brown, "The Letter ‘A’” Ireland
Douchan Gersi, "Initiated into an Iban Tribe of Headhunters" Borneo
Enid Schildkrout, "Body Art as Visual Language" United States
Anwar F. Accawi, “The Telephone” Lebanon
Ruskin Bond, “The Eyes Are Not Here" [short story] India
3 Gender Roles
Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman” Puerto Rico/United States
Don Kulick and Thais Machado Borges, "Leaky” Brazil
Serena Nanda, “Arranging a Marriage in India” India
**Zuhal Ye ilyurt Gunduz, "Water--On Women's Burdens” Turkey
**Margaret Sanger, "The Turbid Ebb and Flow of Misery” United States
4 Working Lives
Robert Levine and Ellen Wolff, "Social Time: The Heartbeat of Cultured Brazil”
Helena Norberg-Rodge, "Learning from Ladakh" India
Tomoyuki Iwashita, "Why I Quit the Company" Japan
Jose Antonio Burciaga, "My Ecumenical Father" Mexico
**Chitra Divakaruni, "Live Free and Starve" India
**Jay Nordlinger, "Bassackwards" United States
5 Race, Class, Caste
Mary Crow Dog, "Civilize Them with a Stick” Lakota
Immaculée Ilibagiza, "Left to Tell" Rwanda
Vivienne Walt and Amanda Bower, "Follow the Money" France/Mali
Jo Goodwin Parker, "What Is Poverty?" United States
Gordon Parks, "Flavio's Home" Brazil
**Mitu Sengupta, "Race Relations Light Years from Earth" India
6 Strangers in a Strange Land
**Amparo B. Ojeda, "Growing Up American: Doing the Right Thing" Philippines/United States
**Stephen Chapman, "The Prisoner's Dilemma" Pakistan
**Piers Hernu, “Norway's Ideal Prison” Norway
**Luis Sepúlveda, “Daisy” Chile
Paranee Natadecha-Sponsel, “Individualism as an American Cultural Value” Thailand/United States
**Elizabeth W. & Robert A. Fernea, “A Look Behind the Veil “Saudi Arabia
**Peter Van Buren, “The Doura Art Show” Iraq
7 Food for Thought
David R. Counts, “Too Many Bananas”New Guinea
**Amy Ma, “My Grandmother's Dumpling “China
**Maureen O'Hagan, “Kids Battle the Lure of Junk Food” United States
Ethel G. Hofman, “An Island Passover” Scotland
Andrew X. Pham, “Foreign-Asians” Vietnam
**Kate Fox, “Watching the English” England
Frederick Douglass, "My Bondage and My Freedom" United States
**Joseph K. Skinner, "Big Mac & the Tropical Forests" Costa Rica
8 Customs, Rituals, and Religious Values
**Paul H. Rubin, "Environmentalism as Religion" United States
**Kama Maclean, "Seeing, Being Seen, and Not Being Seen" India
Philip Slater, "Want-Creation Fuels Americans' Addictiveness" United States
Valerie Steele and John S. Major, "China Chic: East Meets West" China
**Eugene Linden, "Shamans, Healers and Experiences I Can't Explain" Republic of the Congo
Gino Del Guercio, "The Secrets of Voodoo in Haiti" Haiti
9. International Short Stories
** Hanan Al-Shaykh, "The Persian Carpet" Lebanon
** Mahdokht Kashkuli, "The Button" Iran
**Irene Zabytko, "Home Soil"
** Shirley Saad, "Amina" Lebanon
** Panos Ioannnides, "Gregory" Cyprus
Kate Chopin, "Desiree's Baby" United States
** Machado de Assis, "A Canary's Ideas" Brazil
** Tayeb Salih, "A Handful of Dates" Sudan
** Krishna Varma, "The Grass Eaters" India