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Overview

Known for its upbeat approach, MULTITUDE brings together a diverse spectrum of voices and issues that reflect our society. This anthology is divided into 10 broad themes and provides a variety of perspectives on the ways people connect across boundaries of ethnicity, class, gender, age, and geography. The 84 readings include essays, student essays, fiction, poetry, letters, and journals and includes a diversity of lengths and difficulty. The second edition features 40% new selections and more writing activities and assignments that incorporate collaboration and research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070170810
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 525

Meet the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Award-winning author and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was born in India and came to the United States at 19. She put herself through Berkeley doing odd jobs, from working at an Indian boutique to slicing bread in a bakery -- nowadays, she's enjoying the raves for her latest novel, Queen of Dreams.

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Some outtakes from our interview with Divakaruni:

"During graduate school, I used to work in the kitchen of the International House at the University of California, Berkeley. My favorite task was slicing Jell-O."

"I love Chinese food, but my family hates it. So when I'm on book tour I always eat Chinese!"

"I almost died on a pilgrimage trip to the Himalayas some years back -- but I got a good story out of it. The story is in The Unknown Errors of Our Lives -- let's see if readers can figure out which one it is!"

"Writing is so central to my life that it leaves little time/desire/need for other interests.. I do a good amount of work with domestic violence organizations -- I'm on the advisory board of Asians Against Domestic Violence in Houston. I feel very strongly about trying to eradicate domestic violence from our society."

"My favorite ways to unwind are to do yoga, read, and spend time with my family."

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    1. Hometown:
      Houston, Texas, and San Jose, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 29, 1956
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kolkata, India
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Kolkata University 1976; Ph.D. in English, University of California at Berkeley, 1984
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

List of Selections by Rhetorical Mode
Preface
1 The Time When There Were No People on the Earth Plain: Bering Strait Eskimo Creation Myth 4
2 On Love, from "Symposium" 8
3 Genesis, Chapters 1, 2, and 3: The Creation and the Fall: From the King James Version of the Bible 13
4 Letter Describing the Results of His First Voyage 19
5 The Promised Land 25
6 America Singing: An Address to the Newly Arrived Peoples 30
7 My Early Years 41
8 Chronicle (poem) 49
9 Born Without Light: The Effect of Slavery on African American Children 52
10 Families 62
11 Variations on a Theme 67
12 Finding A Wife 75
13 Pom's Engagement 79
14 TV Families 87
15 Teenagers in Crisis 97
16 Mothers, Sons and the Gangs 107
17 Beyond Manzanar 117
18 Nani (poem) 128
19 A New Breed of Fathers 131
20 Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in America Today 140
21 No Name Woman 144
22 Social Time: The Heartbeat of Culture 154
23 The Last of the Kiowas 160
24 America's Emerging Gay Culture 166
25 Amish Economics 176
26 An Indian Family in New York 185
27 The Japanese Syndrome 192
28 American Space, Chinese Place 200
29 El Hoyo 203
30 The Perfect House 206
31 Cultural Shock in Reverse 211
32 Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco 216
33 Heaven (poem) 227
34 Home 230
35 School Days of an Indian Girl 238
36 Getting Tough 246
37 Shame 255
38 By Any Other Name 260
39 Footsteps of My Life 266
40 Barba Nikos 274
41 I Ask My Mother to Sing (poem) 279
42 Discovery 281
43 Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments 289
44 Twice an Outsider: On Being Jewish and a Woman 293
45 Unfair Game 301
46 Distancing the Homeless 305
47 In Response to Executive Order 9066 (poem) 316
48 Miami: The Cuban Presence 318
49 Hair 327
50 The Economics of Hate 330
51 Linguistic Factors in Prejudice 340
52 Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean? 350
53 Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood 354
54 Viva Bilingualism 371
55 Ethics and the Language of AIDS 376
56 Breaking Silence (poem) 387
57 Language and Literature from a Pueblo Perspective 391
58 Silence Is a Loud, Loud Language 401
59 Where I Come From Is Like This 410
60 The Men We Carry in Our Minds 417
61 Manufactured Images: How Women Appear in Advertising 422
62 Love and Sex in the Life of the Arab 430
63 Graduation 448
64 Shooting an Elephant 458
65 Why They Hated Us: A Study of the Nature of British Imperialism 465
66 Football Red and Baseball Green 474
67 Can TV Help Save Black Youth? 481
68 Sin, Suffer and Repent 486
69 Eight Ways of Looking at an Amusement Park 493
70 An Often Long Journey: An Interview with Joy Harjo 508
71 "Cinderella": A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts 514
72 "Cinderella": A Tale That Promotes Sexist Values 521
73 The Cult of Ethnicity, Good or Bad 528
74 Communication in a Global Village 532
75 Minor Accidents 542
76 On Friendship 551
77 Thriving as an Outsider, Even an Outcast, in Smalltown America 556
78 The Real Lesson of L.A. 564
79 Typical 570
80 Mostly Scared: Handling Prejudice in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 574
81 Crossing Bridges 577
Glossary 583
Index of Authors and Titles 585
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