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One World, Many Cultures, 8th Edition

By Stuart Hirschberg, Terry Hirschberg

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 27, 2010


The best of all possible worlds!  This truly global multicultural reader features contemporary selections by sixty-one internationally acclaimed authors from twenty-six countries.

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Contents






Critical Reading for Ideas and Organization.

Finding a Thesis.

Responding to What You Read.

Marking as You Read.

Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion.

A Sample Essay for Student Annotation, Edward T. Hall, “Hidden Culture.”

Keeping a Reading Journal.

Writing Your Essay

Each reading includes an explanatory headnote and Before Your Read question, as well as end-of-reading questions: Evaluating the Text, Exploring Different Perspectives, and Extending Viewpoints through Writing and Research.


Each chapter includes a list of Recommended Films.


** indicates new readings

1. The Family in Different Cultures

Joe Bageant, Valley of the Gun

Fritz Peters, Boyhood with Gurdjieff (France)

** Psychology Today, The Plight of the Little Emperors” (China)

** Firoozeh Dumas, Save Me, Mickey  (Iran/US)

** Patricia Hampl, Grandmother’s Sunday Dinner (The Czech Republic/US)

Meeta Kaur, Journey by Inner Light (India/US)

** K. Oanh Ha, American Dream Boat (Vietnam/US)

** Marjane Satrapi, The Convocation (graphic novel excerpt: Iran)

Connecting Cultures

2. Turning Points.

Sucheng Chan, You're Short, Besides! (China/US)

Christy Brown, The Letter 'A.'  (Ireland)

Douchan Gersi, Initiated into an Iban Tribe of Headhunters.  (Borneo)

Enid Schildkrout, Body Art as Visual Language

** Lydia Minatoya, Transformation (Japan/US)

** Anwar F. Accawi, The Telephone (Lebanon)

** Ruskin Bond, The Eyes Are Not Here” (short story: India)

Connecting Cultures

3.How Culture Shapes Gender Roles.

Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman.

Don Kulick and Thais Machado-Borges, Leaky (Brazil)

** Latifa Ali, with Richard Shears, Betrayed (Kurdistan/Iraq)

** Tepilit Ole Saitoti, The Initiation of A Maasai Warrier (Kenya)

** Waris Dirie, The Tragedy of Female Circumcision (Somalia)

** Andrew Sullivan, My Big Fat Straight Wedding (US)

** Nicolas Kristoff, Striking the Brothels’ Bottom Line (Cambodia/US)

Connecting Cultures

4. Working Lives

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Learning from Ladakh (India)

Tomoyuki Iwashita, Why I Quit the Company  (Japan)

** Jack Owens, Don’t Shoot! We’re Republicans (US)

** Bill Geist, The Land of Lost Luggage

** Vivienne Walt and Amanda Bower, Follow the Money

** Kris Holloway, A Coming Storm (Mali/US)

** Jose Antonion Burciaga, My Ecumenical Father (Mexico)

Connecting Cultures

5. Race, Class, and Caste.

Mary Crow Dog, Civilize Them with a Stick.

Viramma, A Pariah’s Life  (India)

Immaculee Ilibagaza, Left to Tell (Rwanda)

** Jo Goodwin Parker, What Is Poverty? (US)

** Gordon Parks, Flavio’s Home (Brazil/US)

Kate Chopin, Desiree’s Baby (short story: US)

Connecting Cultures

6. Experiencing a Different Culture

Ralph Linton, One Hundred Percent American

Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel, Individualism as an American Cultural Value. (Thailand/US)

David R. Counts, Too Many Bananas.  (New Guinea)

Napoleon A. Chagnon, Doing GFieldwork among the Yanomamo (Brazil)

Gino del Guercio, The Secrets of Hailti’s Living Dead (Haiti)

Cameron M. Smith, Of Ice and Men (The Arctic)

** Herald-Sun (Melbourne), Bears Feel Global Heat; Polar Icon Faces Wipeout (Australia)

** Fareed Zakaria, The Challenger (China)

Connecting Cultures


** 7. The Role of Food in Different Cultures

** Mark I. Schwartz, Genetically Modified Food Is Safe

** Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetically Engineered Foods May Cause Rising Food Allergies

** Amy Tan, Fish Cheeks (China/US)

** Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom (US)

** Ethel G. Hofman, An Island Passover (Scotland)

** Ray Kroc, Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s (US)

** Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller, Manifold Destiny (Canada)

** Andrew X. Pham, Foreign-Asians (Vietnam)

** Saira Shah, The Storyteller’s Daughter (Afghanistan)

Connecting Cultures

8. Customs, Rituals, and Values

Philip Slater, Want-Creation Fuels Americans’ Addictiveness

Harold Miner, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

** Robert Levine and Ellen Wolff, Social Time: The Heartbeat of Culture (Brazil)

** Colin Turnbull, The Mbuti Pygmies (Republic of Congo)

Valerie Steele and John S. Major, China Chic: East Meets West (China)

** Serena Nanda, Arranging a Marriage in India (India)

Connecting Cultures 


Pronunciation Key
Search Terms Index
Geographical Index.

APPENDIX:  Avoiding Plagiarism
Index of Authors and Titles



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