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  Duncurra LLC International Cultural Exchange Program

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

 Nearly every year my junior high school chorus performed this song written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell and made famous by The  Hollies. It essentially says that nothing one does for someone they love is a burden.

 What I didn’t know was that it is based on a story which originally appeared in The Parables of Jesus, a book published in 1884 by  James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland. In that book he tells about a little girl he saw struggling to carry a  younger boy who was nearly as big as she was. When someone commented about how hard it must be for her to carry him she  reportedly answered, “No, he's not heavy; he's my brother.”

 In our changing global political climate, it is easy to fall into “us” and “them” camps, particularly when we have no real idea of who  “they” are. The fact is, a faceless “enemy” is much easier to hate than someone we've grown to care about. This lack of cultural  understanding and sensitivity in public opinion  can have disastrous effects on foreign policy. Therefore, the answer to global peace  and mutual respect may not lie solely with world  leaders, but with ordinary people. "He ain't heavy, he's my brother."

 To enable this “people-to-people” diplomacy, Duncurra LLC Publishing is launching this International Cultural Exchange Program. The  purpose of the program is to build relationships and cultural understanding between individuals through books. According to  Infoplease ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0775272.html), nearly 1.2 billion people speak a dialect of Chinese as their first  language, with Spanish being the second most commonly spoken language (414 million) and English third (335 million). Given these  numbers, it is reasonable to launch this program with English-speaking and either Chinese or Spanish speaking authors. It is also our  opinion that improving the relationship between China and the US has never been more important. For these reasons, our initial roll-  out of this program will be aimed at a cultural exchange between authors in the US and China.

 Therefore Duncurra LLC is seeking an International Cultural Exchange Liaison and translator to lead and help launch this initiative. A  successful candidate for this volunteer position will have:

  • A degree in International Studies or a related field
  • Professional cross-cultural communications experience
  • International project evaluation skills
  • Fluency in both English and at least one major Chinese dialect
  • The desire to assist in building a bridge between Eastern and Western independent authors

 Responsibilities will include:

  • All program management activities
  • Translation
  • Contextual Interpretation
  • Researching international publishing policy and copyright including cultural considerations such as censorship
  • Facilitating communication between American and Chinese independent authors to share their stories across cultural boundaries
  • Investigating the feasibility and potentially planning an international writing conference between Eastern and Western independent authors
  • Developing an international marketing strategy
  • Creating a new avenue for people-to-people diplomacy and non-governmental exchange between US and China

 This is currently a volunteer position, with the potential to develop into a full-time paid position depending on the success of the  program.