Teacher’s Corner

  • by

Blurring the Differences, Spanning the Globe

Hey what’s popping in your neck of the woods Teach Peeps!?!

Well, we are still on the virtual learning end over here although we got an email today saying that school may start in the next week or so as numbers in this area are declining! Praise the Lord!

How’s life look where you are?

I don’t know who you are, but you are in my prayers and if you are reading this, say a little prayer for someone.

So, this week we were looking at pieces of literature from authors who have what one may consider a “global identity”.  Global Literature is literature that incorporates values of multiple cultures while still remaining true to their own values and reflecting it therein.

We studied works like Jamaica Kincaid’s, Girl, a story that reads a lot like a woman’s etiquette book from British Colonial Antigua. “this is how you set a table for tea; this is how you set a table for dinner; this is how you set a table for dinner with an important guest; this is how you set a table for lunch; this is how you set a table for breakfast; this is hot to make a bread pudding; this is how to make doukona; this is how to make pepper pot; always squeeze bread to make sure it’s fresh” (Norton Anthology, 2012).

Although it doesn’t really “blur” lines it certainly shows the differences between cultures. Although Kincaid grew up Antiguan by birth it was during British Colonial Rule. So, we can clearly see how she was brought up with almost with a dual identity.

We also read from Thiongo’s, Wedding at The Cross, which I felt like did a superb job of blending several different culture and cultural traditions/customs together. It definitely blurred those lines and created a “global identity” for our main Character, Warikuri. We see British Colonial influence, his Native Kenyan influence, German influence, American Influence (he references Jim Rodgers) and European Christianity. There are two passages that I particulary like, they show both the influence of British Rule and Native influence.

“For this she thanked The Lord. But she still wanted her real Wariuki back. During the Emergency she had often cautioned him against excessive cruelty. It pained her that his singing, his dancing, and his easy laughter had ended. His eyes were hard and set and this frightened her.

Now in church he started singing again. Not the tunes that had once captured her soul, but the mournful hymns she knew so well; how sweet the name of Jesus sounds on the believers’ ears. He became a pillar of the Church of The Choir. He often beat the drum which after The Independence, had been introduced into the church as a concession to African Culture. He attended classes in Baptism and great was the day he cast away Wariuki and became Dodge W. Livingston Jr.” (Thiong’o 2012).

“Sometimes she made lunch and tea for the workers. This infuriated her husband: why oh why did she choose to humiliate him before these people? Why would she not conduct herself like a Christian Lady? After all, had she not come from a Christian home? Need she dirty her hands now, he asked her, and with labourers too? On clothes, she gave in: she put on shoes and a white hat especially when going to church. But work was in her bones and this she would not surrender. She enjoyed the touch of the soil; she enjoyed the free and open conversation with the workers” (Thiong’o, 2012).

I think the most important theme to take away from our literary works this week is the beauty in the global identity. Much like a global citizen. We are all here living together and we should embrace other and their cultures with the reverence we would expect someone to have of our own. It is okay to take things from other cultures we find beautiful and endearing and implement it in our own lives. It’s basic love and kindness. And right now, in this old world, that’s what we need to be teaching our YA student’s. Global identity and global citizenship.

Well, we are at your favorite part of the blog! POP Culture tie in time! As this is the last blog I’ll be writing, of course I am going to end it on a Disney note! The perfect movie for this week’s theme is Disney’s, Jungle 2 Jungle! Tim Allen finds out he has a thirteen-year-old son, Sam Huntington, that was raised by his biologist mom in Africa from the time he was a baby, and he is bringing him back to New York City and it totally turns both of their life’s upside down! It’s a great movie and shows that when love, respect and kindness are present two cultures can Come together to live as one!

Well, that’s all I have for you guys! I hope you have enjoyed my blogs, my affinity for all things Disney and my weird sense of humor. Remember, just because people are different doesn’t mean that there is respect to be given or love to be found! Life’s a Garden, Dig it!

XOXO,

Britt

Leave a Reply