Swaying : Essays on Intercultural Love

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In a world that is becoming increasingly small, where people frequently study, work, and live in cultures other than their own, it is not surprising that many people also make romantic commitments across cultural lines. This engaging anthology of literary non-fiction celebrates the creative potential of choosing diversity and explores in many voices the real-life social, cultural, and spiritual consequences of this choice. It is not a dry study that seeks to label and categorize intercultural relationships, nor is it a collection of fiction that seeks to create a dramatic backdrop for conflict or romance. These are the honest voices of women who have made commitments across national and cultural lines, who have moved toward the revitalizing and educating potential of such partnerships. The fifteen essays in this book, by women of different cultural and national backgrounds, are arranged as a narrative, with three sections reflecting the development of romantic relationships: first, courtship, commitment, and the discovery, celebration, and negotiation of differences; second, integrating marriage ceremonies, understanding and appreciating in-laws, and merging spiritual beliefs and lifestyles; and, finally, the long-term results and effects of intercultural partnerships. Intercultural couples struggle, quite often successfully, with the kinds of questions anyone who wants to live responsibly in a multicultural world must raise. They live, as we must all learn to do, in a place where multiple cultures find expression. These couples find themselves choosing not to choose between their cultures of origin; instead they move among cultures, between struggle and harmony, accepting what they canand negotiating what they cannot.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 230 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587290952
  • 9781587290954

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"Swaying is one of the most rewarding books I have read in a long time. These are incandescent stories that speak from the full hearts of their talented authors about the most important relationships in their lives. Some of these stories are sweetly optimistic; some are profoundly disturbing; all are brave and wonderfully written. All gently explore the nuances of dream and disappointment, the quiet pains and joys of trying to live together across cultures. Read one story and savor it, then another, and another. Almost any single piece alone would be worth the book's price. Together, the collection is priceless."--Paul R. Spickard, author of "Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century America"show more