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World as family. A journey of multi-rooted belongings.

World as family. A journey of multi-rooted belongings.

Author: Vishakha N Desai
Publisher: Irvington : Columbia University Press 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A Vedic phrase asks us to "treat the world as family." In our age of global crises-pandemics, climate crisis, crippling inequality-this sentiment is more necessary than ever. Solutions to these seemingly insurmountable problems demand new approaches to thinking and acting locally, nationally, and transnationally, sometimes sequentially but often simultaneously. This is the mentality of the immigrant, the exchange  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vishakha N Desai
ISBN: 9780231195980 0231195982
OCLC Number: 1252060554
Awards: Winner of Silver Medal, Nautilus Award in World Cultures' Transformational Growth and Development 2022
Winner of Gold Medal, Nautilus Award in Memoir and Personal Journey / Large Publisher 2022
Description: 296 p.
Contents: IntroductionI. Roots1. Too Bad, Another Girl!2. Home: Beams, Dreams, and Food3. Dancing with Gods4. Who Is Kwame Nkrumah?II. Crossing5. Strangers Become "Family"6. Vietnam: War or Country?7. The Trauma of ReturnIII. In-Between-Ness of Belonging8. Attachments, Made/Unmade9. Art Connections10. Between Being and BecomingIV. Expanding the Circle/Back to the Center11. Expanding Identities12. Death and Life in the Diasporic Family13. Perceptions and Problematics of BelongingV. At Home in the World14. Building Communities across Borders15. Remaking "Home" in the World16. Creating a Culture of "Us"Epilogue: Becoming "Family" in a World of PandemicsAcknowledgmentsNotes
Responsibility: Vishakha N. Desai.


Vishakha N. Desai uses her life experiences to explore the significance of living globally and its urgency for our current moment. She reframes the idea of what it means to be global, considering how  Read more...


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Only rarely does a personal narrative succeed in providing fresh insight about the large currents of history defining our present moment. Yet that is precisely what Vishakha Desai has given us in Read more...

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