REFORM discusses the novel: “The Bamboo Stalk,” which is written by the Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, Saud Alsanousi, and translated by Jonathan Wright with the participation of young men and women from the governorates of Nablus and Tubas.
the phenomenon of foreign workers in Arab countries
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development— REFORM implemented a cultural session to discuss the novel, “The Bamboo Stalk,” which is written by the Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, Saud Alsanousi, and translated by Jonathan Wright. This session was conducted online via the electronic App, ZOOM, which comes as part of the “Access Beyond Borders” project. Many young men and young women from the governorates of Nablus and Tubas participated in the session.
coexistence between two places
The project coordinator, Miss Fawzia Shelbayya, welcomed the attendees and explained the project’s aim: enhancing community participation of young men and young women. The young participants deeply discussed the novel with one another, which looks objectively at the phenomenon of foreign workers in Arab countries and deals with the problem of identity through the life of a young man of mixed race who returns to Kuwait. They further indicated that throughout the novel, there is a problem of coexistence between two places and dual identity, as Jose, the protagonist, struggles to find his place in society – an internal conflict that manifests in his understanding of daily experiences. Additionally, they discussed the process of forming and building an identity.
The participants also compared the novel with Palestinian reality, which suffers from geographical, regional and/or partisan divisions, and how these divisions create fragmentation in the concepts of citizenship and patriotism. On the other hand, the young men and women discussed the obstacles and challenges of women’s participation in political life and the importance of enhancing their participation in Palestinian society. At the end of the session, the participants stressed the necessity of removing all the divisions, building an inclusive national identity, renouncing differences, embedding democratic values and enhancing the youths’ ability to participate in making public policies.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This session comes as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project which aims to enhance the social participation of marginalised groups in order to formulate public policies that are responsive to youth and women’s needs. The project also aims to enhance cooperation between youth groups and CBOs in Area C and in Palestinian refugee camps and to develop the internal procedures and practices of these associations in order to ensure good governance practices. Thus, social and cultural cohesion will be increased amongst the different social components and collective Palestinian identity will be promoted.