This edition of the newsletter wraps up the year for the editorial staff. More to come in 2022! And we are increasing the staff to include Willette Neal who will be responsible for the DEI articles. Kathy Ellis takes on the Poetry Crossings to give us some variety in our reading. From the beginning of this periodical, Rob Pusch has handled many technical responsibilities such as the links to the blog where the articles actually reside. Thank you, Rob!!
I’d like you to know that this newsletter would not happen without the assistance of Emily Kawasaki. You know how sometimes just the right person comes along to work with you, the two of you sync perfectly, respect and like each other, and the product is so much better because of your joint effort. That is what is going on between Emily and me. Thank you, Emily!!
Next year Opinion writers such as Russanne Bucci, Mitch Hammer, Rosita Albert, and Janet Bennett will inform and challenge us as the new year rolls on. In this issue there is a brief report of the annual meeting held on 14 December during which the slate was voted on and approved. If you like cookies, check out the Local Groups section to see the ones members of SIETAR DC baked for Afghan refugees. Sue Shinomiya is Craig’s guest this month and the book she reviewed is an important one to know about. There is no news about the webinars in this issue, but we are planning an exciting 2022 webinar series for you—stay tuned.
I find that I am ending the year with questions such as:
- Is the frontier legacy of our individualist culture responsible for much of the deep divisions currently found in the United States? If that is the case, what should DEI/Interculturalists’ response be?
- We have been emphasizing the connections between DEI and Intercultural concepts, approaches, and concerns, but is there any evidence that it has made a difference? Are trainers and educators using integrated content and approach in their work?
- Anne Wilmot said that almost everything will work again if you unplug it—even you. How do you do that? Has that worked for you?
December 10th marked Human Rights Day, a global observation of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The newly revised SIETAR USA Code of Ethical Behavior includes our commitment to this important statement of Human Rights. This has been a mournful year for individuals who have followed the far too many incidents when Blacks, Asian Americans, and Native Americans have been attacked, vilified, killed under tragic circumstances. We as interculturalists and DEI practitioners know better. We as a nation, need to do better.
Langston Hughes who died in 1967 wrote colorful and poignant poetry about Black life during his half of the 20th century. In this issue of The Interculturalist: A Periodical of SIETAR USA, that is introducing more poetry into our reading, I thought his poem My People would be a good addition.
My People by https://poets.org/poet/langston-hughesLangston Hughes (1902-1967)
Loud laughers in the hands of Fate—
Nurses of babies,
Loaders of ships,
Comedians in vaudeville
And band-men in circuses—
God! What dancers!
God! What singers!
Singers and dancers,
Dancers and laughers.
Loud-mouthed laughers in the hands of Fate.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on June 20, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.
In closing, I wish you every joy of the season. Celebrate heartily in your traditional way or try something new but guard your health. We treasure each and all of you.
Sandra Fowler Editor