Attention is now being paid to cultural traumata

Dear Liz,
It’s good to know how much attention is now being paid to cultural traumata – some more devastating than others. That a whole group, e.g. Russian-speaking Germans, can come to some kind of resolution must be particularly desirable.

My quotation was more in the nature of a rhetorical question, as I understood Eva Hoffman to be asking it – i.e. the continuing question of how one makes cultural transition yet remaining, or perhaps recovering, ‘oneself’. Even where the background and a satisfying group identity is ‘hybrid’, one would hope to be ‘at one’ with oneself, in some measure, too.

Regards,   Judith Keyston

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