- Publisher: The Westerly Centre
- Editor: Dennis Haskell, Ron Shapiro
- ISBN: 978-1876268503
- Published: January 1, 2000
Interactions is a collection of essays celebrating cultural diversity in the Asia-Pacific region.
The subjects examined range from Australian-Vietnamese stand up comedy to New Guinea folk opera to Muslim perceptions of the evils of television and white Australians’ poems about Aborigines.
What the contributors share is a belief in the value of cultural interaction and the richness of writing that may emerge from it.
This book offers diverse maps of cross-cultural imagination.
Cultural identity in the global economy
|Multiculturalism and the new world (dis)order||G. S. Jayasree|
|Sail the midnight sun: Cross-cultural, inter-cultural, or intra-cultural activity in the creation of a folk opera||Lynda Schulz|
|Shopping and cooking for the hybrid in the world waiting to be made||Mirian Lo|
|Expatriates and the question of home: Jill Ker Conway and Shirley Geok-lin Lim||Bruce Bennett|
|The ocker ethnic: Reading Hung Le and cultural identity||Tseen-Ling Khoo|
|The power of time, or why Thailand makes me laugh||Mark Weeks|
Gender and Sexuality
|The Scheherezade motif in recent Australian fiction set in China and Southseas Asia||David Brooks|
|Postcolonial gothic: Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Hawai’i||Heather Neilson|
|Parallels of motivation and cultural context in the feminist poetry of Australia and India: A comparative analysis||Subhas Chandra Saha|
|“In the beat of my silences”: Representations of indigeneity, gender and sexuality in the writing of Leslie Marmon Silko and Jamice Slater-Herring||Angeline O’Neill|
|The evils of television: Some reflections on Shahnon Ahmad’s novel Tivi||Harry Aveling|
|Culture and play of desire in Merlinda Bobis’ Ms Serena Serenata and Beaut, Luv!||Bill Dunstone|
Travel and initiation
|Crossing the shadow lines||Silvia Albertazzi|
|Unstable communities: The village in the short stories of Pira Sudham||Andrew McRae|
|Lu Xun’s medical studies in Japan and his fiction: A deconstructive reading||Wong Yoon Wah|
|Madame Izan, butterflies and the incomprehensible Japanese||Megumi Kato|
|“They couldn’t tell us how to farm their skin”: White poems on black dispossession||Geoff Page|
|Singapore and the two Ulysses||Rajeev S. Patke|