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:
Responsibilities will include:
This is currently a volunteer position, with the potential to develop into a full-time paid position depending on the success of the program.
"The underlying reason for writing is to bridge the gulf between one person and another." ~ W.H. Auden