The civil war in Sudan has been a major shaper of Sudanese youth's destinies. My writings reflect my being and experiences in different cultural settings. The appreciation and the critique of the experiences are both presented equally. Well, I'm human you know!
My first novel, TRIFLES, is now available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and in print version on many online stores such as amazon, barnes and noble..... The novel is a personal survey of benefits and setbacks of multiculturalism in Canada; or to put it more correctly, the ups and downs of living in an environment with diverse cultural understandings.
Multiculturalism has both ups and downs, but many anti-multiculturalism groups see more wrongs with it than benefits. TRIFLES takes you on a cultural ride through the eyes of two ten-year olds and the effect of their perceptions on their families. When your child asks you questions you hesitate to answer, you know a different parenting strategy is required. Think of a good scene in Mandela's biographical movie, Goodbye Bafana!
Multiculturalism is a very interesting topic. It's regarded by many with admiration without precedents, however, it's frowned upon by a good critical many. While I do believe multiculturalism has a whiff of benefit dripping from it, I've, in TRIFLES, presented both the philosophical and the mundane elements of what multiculturalism entails.
However, it is not so much about multiculturalism as it is about being in a culturally diverse and confusing environment. Why would a little Chinese girl cross the street upon seeing me on her side of the street? Why would an Indian lady who just arrived from Mumbai [twenty years ago] clad her children securely in front of her as I parked my car next to hers? Why would a Caucasian young man feel apprehensive upon realizing the rest who were standing at the bus stop have left? Pure innocence! Pure innocence! However, this 'pure' innocence is sometimes given potency that socially elevates the same innocence.
I've lived as a refugee for a long time in different cultures to be bothered by such incidences. My task is not to lament too much but to try to help these tormented souls get rid of their demons.
Do the above mentioned souls feel any whiff of conscience when they act that way towards me? Or is the case just an impulsive reflex? In any case, I need to really help them, not hate them in return!! Hating someone who might be acting out of pure innocence is ignorance in itself.