Voices/Voces in the Borderlands: A Colloquy on Re/Constructing Identities in Re/Constructed Legal Spaces
56 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2016
Date Written: 1996
While we believe that the work of healing our cultural dyslexia is partly cognitive, in and through this paper we have tried to enact the experiential aspect. We may approach the entrances of the borderlands through reading and thinking, however we believe that the borderlands is a phenomenon of living, a phenomenon of well-intentioned people interacting in deliberate and thoughtful ways with those who are simultaneously like and unlike us/them. The borderlands require that we bring our critical faculties to bear on life's experiences, but, more often than not, we must suspend them in favor of more charitable and affiliative impulses. In the borderlands we eschew "mind-knowing" for "feeling thought" so that we can come to appreciate the joys and tribulations of those around us in a way that makes a difference that matters.
Keywords: Cross-cultural learning, Borderlands
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