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Questions, and Dim Answers What happens to a person’s mind when
he comes to a city he barely knows, with the expectation of remaining
there for a somewhat lengthy time, among people who do not
speak his native tongue as a first language, and who share only the
deep features of an ancient meta-culture and the superficial features
of post-industrial society? Of what sort and to what depth can bonds
be formed between people who were born into perspectives on the
world whose points of origin are separated by an ocean? And how
effectively can sensitivity and careful observation overcome the limitations
imposed by lack of subtle knowledge about an environment
in which one is just a visitor? These are some of the questions I have
confronted in these last few months, and I have barely yet begun to
apply features to the dim sketch of an answer. ...
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