One World, Many Cultures Plus MyLab Writing -- Access Card Package

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  • Copyright: 2014-07-29
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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

Rhetorical 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

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