In this section, we’ll read and view Amelie Nothomb’s comical auto-fiction about her return to Japan, her new job and her experiences with culture shock.


In this section, we’ll take a look at a more contemporary novel that satires many aspects of today’s society. Try to make some connections between the message in the book and this PSA from Canada about banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

Here is a video of African griots at work passing on ancestral stories using the oral tradition. We’ll also check out the written mode with Mariama Ba’s So Long a letter and the cinematic mode with Ousmane Sembene’s film adaptation of his book Xala.