Bridging Differences: Understanding Cultural Interaction in Our Globalized World

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Bridging Differences: Understanding Cultural Interaction in Our Globalized World


Edited by Newtona (Tina) Johnson and Shawn Simpson

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (pdf)

Written with passion, the stories told in this book are those of the search, loss and recreation of identities. From the Fiji-born women living in Canada looking for themselves to the Japanese of Korean origin having lost touch with their original culture, from the Catalonian demand for recognition to the quest for a common European heritage, we can read of the endless need of peoples to find their rightful place in our multicultural societies.

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Cultural interaction in our worlds today is essential to building 21st century bridges between communities. The experiences and lessons learned from the authors of the articles herein are shared with empathy and humility across many disciplines.
The creation and re-creation of individual identities and group identities due to migrations throughout history is an ongoing story. Never does one cultural profile remain constant. On the contrary, as boundaries change, so do people and therefore cultures.
Interculturalism is the one valid approach to understanding these changes but should be used with great sensitivity. And sensitivity is the over-riding emotion emanating from the different studies in this volume: the search for one’s identity when the latter has been lost or has become difficult to recognize, the attempts to erase identities so as to conform to national unity, the will to create new identities to fit in with new environments, the need to re-evaluate oneself so as to remain true to oneself…These endeavors are subtly described in this vibrant compendium of intercultural monographies.

Introduction: Local Matters in Interactions across Cultural Borders
Newtona (Tina) Johnson

Part I: Conceptual Issues for the 21st Century or The Efficacy of Multi/Inter/ Trans-Culturalism

The Idea of Intercultural Education and the Dilemma of Diversity
Fredrik Sunnemark

Inter-/Trans-Cultures and Identities in 21st Century America
Newtona (Tina) Johnson

The Said and the Unsaid: The Intercultural Dynamics in Canada and Quebec
Cheolki Yoon

Part II: Transnational Networks and Local Productions

Changing Cultural Representations in Cinema: Hispano-American Co-Production in the Crisis Context
Mar Binimelis

Flawless Fictions: The Paradox of Intercultural Enchantment and Discontent in West African Dance in Australia
Rebecca March

The Problematic of Conceptualizing a European Cultural Heritage
Tuuli Lähdesmäki

The Transcultural Terrorist and Other Hermeneutical Phenomenology
Richard Rathwell

Part III: Ethnic Identity and National Belonging

The Reshaping Identity of Deported People in a New Environment
Ekaterine Pirtskhalava

Identities and Use of Names of Young Zainichi Koreans
Yuuka Sugiyama

Translating Cultures, Adapting Lives: Maintaining and (Re)Creating Identity among Polish Migrants in the East Midlands, UK
Renata Seredyńska-Abou Eid

Identity Regarding Interculturalism and Catalonian Nationalism
Lucas Álvarez Canga

Part IV: Cultural Geography of the Self: Contesting External Identification

Is There a Lesbian Epistemology in Middle-Eastern Closets?
Iman Al-Ghafari

A Cross-Generational Study of Bengali Americans as Portrayed by Jhumpa Lahiri
Karenjit Kaur

‘Who am I? Where Do I Belong’? Identity Formation of Female Indo-Fijian Immigrant Youth in Multicultural Canada
Nitasha Ali

Part V: Intercultural Intervention: Insights from Practitioners

Lessons from the Field: Using Practitioner Narratives To Foster Reflexive Practices in Intercultural Intervention
Catherine Montgomery, Gil Labescat, Spyridoula Xenocostas
And Guylaine Racine

Textbooks as a Basic Resource for the Promotion of Intercultural Coexistence? A Case Study
Susana Amante, Sara Pinho and João Paulo Balula


Newtona (Tina) Johnson is Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. Her research activities focus primarily on issues related to women and gender, particularly in the fields of postcolonial and African diaspora literature and critical theory. She has authored scholarly essays that have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Research in African Literatures, Obsidian III: Literature of the African Diaspora, MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, and The CEA Critic. She has also contributed scholarly essays to edited volumes. In addition, Johnson has made numerous presentations in her areas of research, particularly at international scholarly conferences.

Shawn Simpson is the Training Project Manager for the Agence Iter France. She runs the Intercultural & Language Program dedicated to the 35 nationalities of the ITER Organization, located in the South of France. She trains internationally and has created award-winning adult education programs. Her role as a European Union expert with a strong focus on intercultural dimensions in mobility has provided her with experience in the management of multicultural projects. She has developed international university partnership programs, facilitates intercultural workshops and seminars and founded the Agence ITER France Intercultural Think Tank. Shawn’s personal experiences, acquired since childhood living in Vietnam, Nigeria, Australia, the United States and mostly France, has given her hands-on insight into the challenges of expatriation and changing identities.
She now focuses on promoting and creating intercultural learning in organizations as well as raising awareness on the sharing of knowledge.