— [http://goo.gl/s9dsAl] "[...] we know that all cultures are born out of interaction with others and shaped by the wider economic, political and other forces. This undercuts the very basis of Afrocentrism, Eurocentrism, Sinocentrism, Westnocentrism and so on, all of which isolate the history of the culture concerned from those of others and credit it with achievements, it often owes to others" (Parekh, Bhikhu, 2000, 338).

:: RT: Nobel prize-winning novel (1993) by Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye" (1970) || #Racism #RacialPrejudice #IntegrationTheory #RaceIssues #ToniMorrison #USA #CulturalStudies

Who makes immigrants feel that they are better if they emulate locals than what they already are?

Benjamin was considered defected by his surroundings, and therefore he wanted white skin. It was the late 70s in a small Latin American village. During weeks, months and years he wondered how he could get rid of his ugliness. He wondered what it was about him that made him so unappealing every time he wanted to play with white children. It was his dark skin, he concluded, and longed for lighter skin so that he could be accepted in other children’s gatherings. He did not go for a knife but chose a dozen sharp thorns from a nearby bush: he began to strip off his skin. He had learned to see himself through the perspective of White people, as less than human. I had been induced to adopt a depreciatory image of myself. My own lived story resembles the girl in the Nobel prize-winning novel (1993) by Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye" (1970, p. 45). Toni Morrison’s novel "The Bluest Eye" and my own story are two manifestations of the same cultural phenomenon.

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Cultural studies: Pecola breedlove is the “little-girl-gone-to-woman” in the story. She shares her family’s conviction that she is ugly and unworthy but somehow has sufficient resolve to attempt a few self-help strategies, delusional and sad though they are. (English audio) ::

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