What does it mean to be a stranger or an outsider? What does it feel like?

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Title

Learning to Love America

Type

Reading

Overview

Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1944, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim was raised by her Chinese father and emigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. The author of several books of poetry, short…

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Andrew Moodie’s Story of Belonging - Otherness

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Video

Overview

Canadian actor and playwright, Andrew Moodie discusses the complex feelings of belonging, difference, and otherness he experiences as a child of Jamaican immigrants in Canada. Moodie relates how he was…

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Why Do We Help or Refuse Help to Strangers?

Highlights

This poem and its themes generated a lot of interest amongst students. One student told me later she incorporated the poem and our reflection in her philosophy paper.

Title

An Unanswered Question

Type

Reading

Overview

German-born poet and translator Lisel Mueller fled the Nazi regime with her family when she was 15.  Her family immigrated to the US and settled in Indiana, where Mueller attended…