Project Title: "Different Faces of Color" - Short stories: Fictional Depictions of Race & Racism in global contexts-II
Faculty Sponsor: Ernest Emenyonu
Department: Africana Studies
Project Description: The first phase of this project has been completed, and the collection of Short stories--"PRINCESS MMAEYEN and OTHER STORIES," has been accepted by a publisher, and is in print. The stories were fictional interpretations of 'perceptions of race and racial attitudes' in different social environments--Nigeria, UK, United States (Deep South). The focus was on the 'individual' character. The stories in the second phase are set in the United States (West Coast--close to a border), Jamaica, Germany, Nigeria & Flint, Michigan. They depict the 'hidden faces' of race in human interactions, internalized over such a period of time that they become perceived by the individual as 'normal' behavior. Narrated in accessible and entertaining manner, "Different Faces of Color", is a fictional work that seeks to address the issue of global cross-cultural misunderstanding arising from entrenched glib stereotyping of the 'other' person, nationality or race.
Student Tasks & Responsibilities: The student assistant will type, proof-read, and organize the stories and help in the preparation of the first draft, and final manuscript.
Minimum Student Qualifications: Possession of computer skills and competency, a distinct advantage.