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When the two old white ladies come to live in the Peruvian jungle village of Poincushmana everyone makes a fuss everyone but Alicia who is baffled. I'm no expert on YA lit and I read this ages ago But what I seem to remember that this book achieved is a level of complexity in its characterization in that the two old white lady in their 20s anthropologists are not depicted as simply dumb culturally insensitive colonizing and coercive Westerners Rather they were depicted as what we'd think of as would be good anthropologists well intentioned and striving to be culturally competent and do accurate research and be helpful and understanding but yet still coming up a bit short because there is such a gulf between cultures and it's so difficult to truly know and understand one another I think this is such a wonderful lesson in humility it's easy to criticize other people who just don't get it when it comes to cross cultural understanding but much difficult to take a look at ourselves and admit that no matter how hard we try and want to and have trained to do so WE still might not be truly getting it ourselves and we might still have blind spots or areas of ignorance or inflexibility of which we are unaware These anthropologists do have humility and so the wonderful young protagonist and narrator the Isabo girl Alicia becomes their most important guide and teacher as she recognizes their essential goodness but sees immediately that they are floundering and that they are in fact the culturally misunderstood and misguided ones in need of help The anthropologists and Alicia are also able to form a strong bond of mutual respect and appreciation despite the fact that true understanding remains a work in progress This book is worth reading for the marvelous narrative voice of Alicia The author did a great job of imagining Alicia's perspective and allowing her to relate the story of the researchers' projectA grown up nonfiction counterpart to this book is the amazing case study about the Hmong people in the US and their spiritual and cultural traditions in conflict with US systems and institutions Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down This book does a job like no other in illuminating the daunting complexity of effective cross cultural relating communicating helping and how even the best intentioned and informed efforts can fail in some way The book is incredible precisely because there are no real bad guys who are easy to dismiss just a bunch of pretty good guys unwittingly falling short in different ways

CHARACTERS Go and Come Back

Go and Come BackOgists are stingy stupid and fun to watch They don't understand the Isabo Someone needs to set them straight And that someone surprisingly is Alic. Two white ladies who don't understand that as anthropologists they aren't supposed to interfere with the culture they are studying go and interfere with the culture they are studyingAnd yet no one really mentions that

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CHARACTERS Go and Come Back 109 ç When the two old white ladies come to live in the Peruvian jungle village of Poincushmana everyone makes a fuss everyone but Alicia who is baffled by the reaction of her tribe the Isabo But as the days pass she too is drawn in because the ladies who are really in their twenties and anthropologists are stingy stupid and fun toBy the reaction of her tribe the Isabo But as the days pass she too is drawn in because the ladies who are really in their twenties and anthropol. CIP Alicia a young tribeswoman living in a village in the ian jungle of Peru tells about the two American women anthropologists who arrive to study her people’s way of lifeThis uick read chapter book would be great for anyone interested in traveling studying abroad and learning about other cultures Easy reading level and enjoyable storyline put it at a 5th 8th grade read but I think up through high school would enjoy it It won numerous awards including ALA's best read for the college boundReviewed in Booklist Nov 15 2000 and Publishers Weekly Aug 9 1999BELOW HERE IS AN ANNOTATION NOT FOR LIS 565 CLASSAbelove Joan Go and Come Back New York DK 1998 176 pgs annotated for parentsAre you helping to prepare your son or daughter for college How about a uick read before they leave home Librarians highly recommend Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove for the college bound It is well suited for young adults heading off to another part of the country or even to study abroad In this novel two young white women from New York travel to the Peruvian jungle to live in a village and study the culture It is told from the point of view of Peruvian natives who comment on the “bad manners” that the women have In actuality the women are living as Americans would but according to Peruvian culture they are offending others Even well traveled folks will take something away from this book