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Shaping Minds : Multicultural Literature

Shaping Minds : Multicultural Literature
Shaping Minds : Multicultural Literature
Nibir K. Ghosh
New Delhi: Authorspress, 2010.
ISSBN: 978-81-7273-535-7.

Despite conflicting dilemmas that contend with the idea of co-existence in a globalized world, individuals continue to reaffirm that minds are shaped not by footprints on the sands of time, but by what each one of us, as a unique person, experiences on the shores of life. Shaping Minds showcases how individual viewpoints and personal encounters with life and art transcend dramatically distressing mindsets that have become immune to the clash of communities, cultures and civilizations. This pioneering anthology brings together poets, writers, peace corps volunteers, human rights activists, religious historians, public-health experts, medical doctors, nursing professionals, a Jungian-oriented astrologer and a professional dancer besides distinguished academics and scholars in the fields of Educational Psychology, Community Medicine, Literature and Fine Arts hailing from diverse racial, cultural, gender, social-class, and religious groups from various continents of the globe. These extremely insightful twenty nine narratives, multicultural in flesh and spirit, have their focus on panaceas that individuals create to envisage a world where it is indeed possible to build bridges of love and understanding between wandering islands. The stories, recounted with passion and lucidity, offer a counter-discourse to the ideas of power and dominance and bring to the fore the inefficacy of living in a cultural fishbowl; they evoke a unique commonality of concern by opening up avenues for a wide spectrum of possibilities for communication across restrictive boundaries. This collage of multiple perspectives creates the meditative space where universal human attributes like love and joy, pain and pleasure, anger and compassion, poverty and affluence, life and art, evanescence and essence, margin and center, blend harmoniously to overshadow negative stereotypes and conceptualizations that deny the essential richness of the world we inhabit.

Contents

Introduction – Nibir K. Ghosh, A Karakul Hat – Charles Stroh, The Colors of Life – Ethelbert Miller, Literature: My Friend and the Friend of My Friends – Jonah Raskin, Reinventing Architecture: Conversation with Daniel Libeskind – Nibir K. Ghosh, South Whitey Teaches Black Literature – James Giles, Dispersed Meditations – David Ray, The Illegal Alien as Flâneur – Kathleen Alcalá, Reading Identities: Multicultural Literature as Windows and Mirrors – Lori Langer de Ramirez, Multicultural Friction: Challenges of Assimilation into American Culture – Katy A. Whipple, Some Rain Must Fall – Nafeesa Fathima Moinuddin, Poetry and Perception: Poetics of the Self – Shanta Acharya, The UraniaConference, Moscow, 1992 – Kathleen Stark Burt, My History of Bad Reading – Linda Seidel, Melodic Reminiscences – Judy Ray, Multiculturalism in the U.S.: Can it be Replicated in India? – P.M. Kamath, Performing My Culture: The Journey of an Indian-American Folk Dancer – A. Ted Samuel, Moving On: Bloomsburg to Dhaka to Daejon – Sharmistha Bannerjee, “Beautiful!”: Learning, Friendship, and Senator Fulbright – Wanda Giles, A Version of Tea: Hyderabad Part, Two – Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, A Journey for Health – Prakash Tyagi, Enlightenment in Rwanda – Donna McNeese-Smith, Multicultural Musings: Fiction of the Future – Rajesh Talwar, Voices of Helpers: Stories of Harmony and Helping – Tricia McClam and Marianne Woodside, Multicultural Expression: About the Self – Patricia Prime, Biculturalism into Multiculturalism: The Case of Canada – S. Ramaswamy, This One from the Enemy State – Arun Kumar Sharma, The Text as a Tool of Transformation – Mala Pandurang, Born to Survive – Nazmi AL-Shalabi, Give to the World the Best You Have: Conversation with Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui –
Sunita Rani & Nibir K. Ghosh.