Importance Of Transculturalism

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Abstract: The modern globalised world has witnessed the blurring of boundaries between diverse nationalities and cultures, as there is a heightened interaction between people of different geographical locations due to increased technological advancements and migrations. Every individual in today’s multicultural world is exposed to many different cultures, which have a profound effect on their identities. Among the various freedoms that people enjoy today, they have the freedom to choose their cultural affiliations. When people travel from one nationality to another they often undertake a journey to discover themselves. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, an acclaimeddiasporic author, has delineated the lives of immigrants, their joys and sorrows,…show more content…
Transculturalism takes a step ahead of the traditional theories of multiculturalism and interculturalism, as it transcends the constraints of the conventional conception of culture. It is characterized by cross cultural associations, fusions and convolution leading to the formulation of a novel cosmopolitan culture. Transculturalism transcends cultural borders and emphasises the unification of varied cultures; it acts as a unifying force of cultural diversity, which not only brings together, different cultures but also creates a new common culture. Instead of emphasising the differences between cultures, transculturalism brings out the similarities and the common aspects that cultures…show more content…
Tilo is an ageless wise woman, who has magical power over the spices; she runs an Indian spice store in California. Several immigrants frequent her store, to buy Indian grocery and to get remedies for the afflictions of an immigrant life. Tilo uses the magical power of the spices to aid the immigrants in assimilating in America. The novel depicts how people of diverse culture come together and are able to overlook their differences and find commonalities among them that leads to transcending cultural
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