This blog is devoted to comments relating somehow to cultural and international border crossing. Issues, predictions, case studies, critiques, personal thoughts, discussions, quotes, reviews, stories, and insights regarding the joys and frustrations of border crossing are all welcome here.
Two quotes from the poet, author, and Chicano activist Gloria E. Anzaldúa: “Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.” Borderlands/La Frontera:The New Mestiza “Caminante, no hay...read more
Perhaps you have heard of Mr. Naoto Matsumura who resides near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. He has sacrificed his life by returning to his hometown of Tomioka, which lies within the radioactive danger zone, in order to take of the animals that were left behind when the town’s residents evacuated. He is truly a remarkable human being who has crossed a border few would dare to cross. Here is his story as published in the UK Mail. World’s most radioactive man: Japanese farmer who refused to leave crippled Fukushima...read more
The prolific and award winning American writer Rebecca Solnit (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, Mark Lynton History Prize winner, and Sally Hacker Prize recipient) is a border crosser. In her book of essays titled A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Penguin Books, 2005), she writes about leaving the familiar and comfortable boundaries of one’s existence and fearlessly entering new territory. Her essay, “Open Door,” begins with the story of Elijah and the tradition of Jewish homes leaving an open door for the return of the prophet during...read more
Arundhati Roy is a gifted border crosser. Born in India, Ms. Roy is a novelist, screenwriter, lecturer, and political activist who is respected throughout the world. In1997, she won the Man Booker Prize in Fiction for The God of Small Things. Issues that she has been involved with during the years include: corporate capitalism, environment degradation, human rights, globalization, nuclear power, imperialism, unequal distribution of wealth, violent and nonviolent resistance. She is one of those extraordinary intellectuals who crosses easily...read more
A half-century ago this past April 16th, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Those words and that idea are even truer today. More than ever, we are connected. That is why it is so important that we make a conscious effort to understand each other. Interculturally this means we must first develop the ability to see the world from different perspectives. We must...read more