AmongUS: Essays on Identity, Belonging, and Intercultural Competence / Edition 2

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Overview

AmongUS presents readings from individuals whose intercultural experiences give insights on how to achieve a fair multicultural society where cultural identities are celebrated and maintained. The essays provide a rich source of materials to teach a broad array of interpersonal, sociological, and psychological concepts that apply to educational, business, and cultural settings. The authors have arranged the book around four themes: Identity, Negotiating Intercultural Competence, Racism and Prejudice, and Belonging to Multiple Cultures.

New to the 2nd Edition

  • A new text organization — rearrangement of the sections and of the essays within each section — provides a better depiction of the processes when living in an intercultural world.
  • 10 new essays enhance and broaden the text’s range of intercultural voices and experiences. Included among these new essays are “second” essays from authors (Mei Lin Swanson Kroll, Alfred J. Guillame, Jr., Vickie Marie, and Tadasu “Todd” Imahori) who describe an ongoing intercultural journey in which the author continues to learn and to live.
  • “Culture Concepts” boxes provide more explicit links to the theory that underlies the lived experiences that are depicted.
  • Each essay concludes with exercises and discussion questions, “Learning AmongUS,” that encourage students to analyze and reflect on the essay.
  • The new edition contains more direct and straightforward links with the authors' other intercultural text, Intercultural Competence, allowing easier use for instructors who teach with both texts in their course.
Praise for AmongUS

”The fact that the text is a reader makes it stand out among the rest. Its first-person narrative style is so engaging. We slip into another’s skin for a moment. We feel what they feel and then slip out again changed. The text truly has this kind of impact on many of my students. It offers the understanding of intercultural issues that are less accessible in the traditional textbook.”
Desiree C. Duff, Cornerstone University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205453535
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 918,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Prologue.

I. CULTURAL IDENTITY: WHO ARE WE?

Myron W. Lustig and Jolene Koester, The Nature of Cultural Identity.

Patricia Covarrubias, Of Endearment and Other Terms of Address: A Mexican Perspective.

Mei Lin Kroll, My Name Is….

Mei Lin Kroll, Neither Lost nor Found.

Samuel M. Edelman, To Pass or Not to Pass, That is the Question: Jewish Cultural Identity in the United States.

Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., To Be American, Black, Catholic, and Creole.

Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., Lessons Learned: A University Administrator’s Intercultural Journey.

II. CROSSING CULTURES: NEGOTIATING INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE.

Myron W. Lustig and Jolene Koester, Cultural Patterns and Intercultural Competence.

Thomas M. Steinfatt, The Shower.

Donal Carbaugh and Saila Poutiainen, By Way of Introduction: An American and Finnish Dialogue.

Zhong Wang and Rui Shen, Acculturation in a Foreign Land.

Rona Tamiko Halualani, “This Is the Way Things Are!”: Making Sense of Gender Roles in Cultures.

Charles A. Braithwaite, Roast Mutton, Fly Bread, and Tilt-a-Whirls: Cultural and Intercultural Contact at the Navajo Nation Fair.

Peter O. Nwosu, Cultural Problems and Intercultural Growth: My American Journey.

Vickie Marie, Living in Paradise : An Inside Look at the Micronesian Culture.

Vickie Marie, Living Interculturally: Confessions of a Menwai Nonoh.

III. OTHERING: RACISM AND PREJUDICE AMONGUS.

Myron W. Lustig and Jolene Koester, Cultural Biases and Intercultural Communication.

Chevelle Newsome, Finding One’s Self in the Margins.

Elane Norych Geller, The Holocaust and Its Lessons: A Survivor's Story.

Juan C. Gonzalez, Living the American Dream.

Mark Lawrence McPhail and Karen Lynette Dace, Black as We Wanna Be: From Identity Politics to Intercultural Competence.

Ann M. Bohara and Patrick McLauren, Friends and Partners.

Gale Young, Leonard's Yard: Pulling at the Roots and Responsibilities of My Whiteness.

S. Lily Mendoza, Tears in the Archive: Creating Memory to Survive and to Contest Empire.

II. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: BELONGING TO MULTIPLE CULTURES.

Young Yun Kim, On Becoming Intercultural.

Tadasu “Todd” Imahori, On Becoming “American”.

Tadasu “Todd” Imahori, On Living In Between.

Keturah A. Dunne, La Güera.

Amy Qiaoming Liu, The Search for Cultural Indentity by a Chinese American Professional Woman.

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, From Silk Route to Route 66: My American Journey.

Ringo Ma, “Both-And” and “Neither-Nor”: My Intercultural Experiences.

William J. Starosta, dual-conscousness@USAmerican.white.male.

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