A Sample Essay for Student Annotation, Edward T. Hall, “Hidden Culture.”
Keeping a Reading Journal.
Writing Your Essay
Each reading includes an explanatory headnote and Before Your Read question, as well as end-of-reading questions: Evaluating the Text, Exploring Different Perspectives, and Extending Viewpoints through Writing and Research.
Each chapter includes a list of Recommended Films.
** indicates new readings
1. The Family in Different Cultures
Joe Bageant, Valley of the Gun
Fritz Peters, Boyhood with Gurdjieff (France)
** Psychology Today, The Plight of the Little Emperors” (China)
** Firoozeh Dumas, Save Me, Mickey (Iran/US)
** Patricia Hampl, Grandmother’s Sunday Dinner (The Czech Republic/US)
Meeta Kaur, Journey by Inner Light (India/US)
** K. Oanh Ha, American Dream Boat (Vietnam/US)
** Marjane Satrapi, The Convocation (graphic novel excerpt: Iran)
2. Turning Points.
Sucheng Chan, You're Short, Besides! (China/US)
Christy Brown, The Letter 'A.' (Ireland)
Douchan Gersi, Initiated into an Iban Tribe of Headhunters. (Borneo)
Enid Schildkrout, Body Art as Visual Language
** Lydia Minatoya, Transformation (Japan/US)
** Anwar F. Accawi, The Telephone (Lebanon)
** Ruskin Bond, The Eyes Are Not Here” (short story: India)
3.How Culture Shapes Gender Roles.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman.
Don Kulick and Thais Machado-Borges, Leaky (Brazil)
** Latifa Ali, with Richard Shears, Betrayed (Kurdistan/Iraq)
** Tepilit Ole Saitoti, The Initiation of A Maasai Warrier (Kenya)
** Waris Dirie, The Tragedy of Female Circumcision (Somalia)
** Andrew Sullivan, My Big Fat Straight Wedding (US)
** Nicolas Kristoff, Striking the Brothels’ Bottom Line (Cambodia/US)
4. Working Lives
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Learning from Ladakh (India)
Tomoyuki Iwashita, Why I Quit the Company (Japan)
** Jack Owens, Don’t Shoot! We’re Republicans (US)
** Bill Geist, The Land of Lost Luggage
** Vivienne Walt and Amanda Bower, Follow the Money
** Kris Holloway, A Coming Storm (Mali/US)
** Jose Antonion Burciaga, My Ecumenical Father (Mexico)
5. Race, Class, and Caste.
Mary Crow Dog, Civilize Them with a Stick.
Viramma, A Pariah’s Life (India)
Immaculee Ilibagaza, Left to Tell (Rwanda)
** Jo Goodwin Parker, What Is Poverty? (US)
** Gordon Parks, Flavio’s Home (Brazil/US)
Kate Chopin, Desiree’s Baby (short story: US)
6. Experiencing a Different Culture
Ralph Linton, One Hundred Percent American
Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel, Individualism as an American Cultural Value. (Thailand/US)
David R. Counts, Too Many Bananas. (New Guinea)
Napoleon A. Chagnon, Doing GFieldwork among the Yanomamo (Brazil)
Gino del Guercio, The Secrets of Hailti’s Living Dead (Haiti)