Code Switching in the Funny Papers

Picture 6This morning on National Public Radio, there was a story on a cross-cultural comic book superhero…. Continue reading “Code Switching in the Funny Papers”

What’s a Language?

Picture 7The Edge’s Twitter account was the lucky recipient of this picture earlier this morning (though it wasn’t morning where it originated, was it; thanks @the_cotter-man) — making implicit reference to the recent workshop on “code switching” that four members of the Edge participated in at Lehigh University. Continue reading “What’s a Language?”

#edgeswitch @idendefying

CotE members walkingDid you miss the live tweeting from yesterday’s code switching workshop
at Lehigh University, featuring four of Culture on the Edge‘s
members among the seven presenters?

Well, it’s not hard to find — @idendefying

screenshot of CotE twitter feedAnd there’s a group discussion today from
10:00 am – 12:00 pm (U.S. eastern time),
which will be live tweeted too.


The Center’s Edge

Picture 1Did you catch this interview, earlier today, with Francesca Marciano, about her new collection of stories, The Other Language? It seems to be all about code switching — at least if we understand code switching as found all across culture.

Give it a listen… Continue reading “The Center’s Edge”

Start Spreadin’ the News…

edgeinnewyorkYes, there was a disturbance in the Force: three members of Culture on the Edge are in the Big Apple — or should we say New York City? — on the eve of the code switching workshop, where they’ll be joined by a fourth member of our group.

Learn more at Lehigh University
when the Edge comes to town
  this Monday and Tuesday

Culture Shock

Picture 6A friend on Facebook posted a link the other day to an interesting art exhibition by Gade, who was born in 1971 in Lhasa (to a Chinese father and Tibetan mother).

As the series is described:

Paintings from his ‘New Buddha Series’ and his ‘Diamond Series’ reflect this culture shock with images of such American iconic pop figures as Mickey Mouse, Spiderman and the Hulk appearing in the centre of traditional-looking works. Gade points out that these figures show up in every corner of the earth. “When I visited a tiny village called Pazi at the base of Mount Xishabangma (8,102 metres) in the Himalayas, the kids there had backpacks with Mickey Mouse on them, and were drinking Coca Cola. That made me realise the incredible power of those ubiquitous emblems of Western culture and Western values.”

And it got me thinking: how is this art not an example of code switching? And how is code switching not just a synonym for culture?

Learn more at Lehigh University
when t
he Edge comes to town
on April 14 and 15

“I’ll Just Get Whatever’s on Special…”

wireEarly on in some of our discussions on code switching — specifically, concerning what in the world of signification ought to be understood as code switching — the following scene from HBO’s series once popular series, “The Wire,” was cited as a classic example of what some might think the term code switching best names.

The backstory here is that a teacher has agreed to take to dinner the winners of an in-class assignment, and the following is what results:

You’ll learn more at Lehigh University
when t
he Edge comes to town
in a few days.