The American South has always been global, home to people from every continent, many of whom arrived from distant shores, some by choice, some by force. We recognize international influences in the food, music, dance, and traditions of the South. Yet people marked as different by race, ethnicity, or religion still find themselves bumping up against the dominant culture and struggling to cope with established norms of conformity and submission. The pieces in this issue—a kaleidoscope of fictional, autobiographical, poetic, and visual narratives—elaborate on this powerful dynamic of cultures within a larger culture navigating the tension between insider and outsider.
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