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A Few Good Words

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
A Few Good Words
By Christina Waters, AlterNet.

A new book offers a provocative lens through which to reconsider words suffering from deft right wing manipulation.

"At this moment, peace, that word so glibly appropriated by all sides, feels soiled, tired, and beaten-up."

So says artist Sushma Joshi, summing up the reaction of many Americans battered by escalating political rhetoric. "Security," writes journalist Mary Louise Pratt, "is one of those words, like 'celibacy' or 'short' that invokes its opposite. As soon as you mention security, you suggest there's a danger, or a potential danger. Otherwise the subject wouldn't be coming up. So talking about security is one of the most effective ways to cause fear."

More and more words have acquired strange, new inflections. "Imagine you are a U.S. state governor or corporate CEO who wants to slash spending, fire employees, close branches or plants, and av…

Sexual Sites, Seminal Atttitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

"'Cheli-Beti' Discourses of Trafficking and Constructions of Gender, Citizenship and Nation in Modern Nepal" appears in the anthology Sexual Sites, Seminal Atttitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

Editor: Sanjaya Srivastava
Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date: 02/2004
Pages: 360
The book was put together from papers presented at a conference of the same name in Deakins University, Australia in 1998.

Shock and Awe: The War on Words

Bregje van Eekelen
Jennifer González
Bettina Stötzer
Anna Tsing

If you don’t know what to say about global war, you need a dictionary. Shock and Awe: War on Words (New Pacific Press: Fall 2004) is just that: a keywords book that participates in a battle over the imagination, acknowledging the force of words, concepts, and images in framing our everyday lives. Located in the borderlands between scholarship and public culture, it re-appropriates our vocabularies by exploring the political trajectories of world-making words, projects, and images.

You hear yourself use the word terrorism, and uncannily find yourself participating in its life, its proliferation, its reality. Willy-nilly you’ve become a participant in a world-making project of anxiety and antagonism. While it is impossible to completely give up on terms like peace, family, and security, to use them is to become a stranger in one’s own world. Yet how can we envision an alternative if our very imagination, the very definit…

Waiting for the War to End

I see the black smoke of bodies
charred and burning up my dreams, the red tears
of my dismembered country –
Nepal, you used to be a canvas, green and radiant,
now painted darkly with the brush of human despair
and the sticky patina of blood, hope
disemboweled by rusty khukuris and AK-47s
and old helicopters given for free by friendly countries
wanting only security, but do they see –
do they see the dead bodies? We have
become a nation where the mountains and the fields
and especially the rivers are flooded, flooded, flooded –
over and over with the sacrifice of human corpses -
and once again the soul is at large, like modernity
torn forever, mixed with too much hate and ideology
once again we come back to this time and place
back to this impasse, back to this place of power
where the struggle is less for the future than it is
for the bloody now, so here we are, all of us,
here and now and breathing still, waiting for the war to end

The End of the World

The End of the World received a hyperfiction prize from East of the Web.

It has been republished in The Cold River Review (winter, 2006)

It has been used by English as a Second Language sites:

And its been translated in the Vietnamese by Sai Gon Tiep Thi Online.
Read "Ngày tận thế":

Sushma Joshi's "Blue" Nepal at Gallery 9

I had a solo exhibition of my paintings at Gallery 9, an independent gallery started by artists in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, in 2004.

This report was published in, the online venture of the Kathmandu Post which has since been incorporated as part of the digital online presence of the newspaper and is no longer a separate entity.

The reporter who filed this report was quite young, so I wanted to clarify some points: I was explaining to him that Claire Burkett, the founder of the Janakpuri Women's Art Project, had rented an apartment in our home when I was 18, so I was influenced by the piles of folk art which I saw in the house. Despite taking courses at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design in visual art, I wanted to draw in a more simple manner, so I deliberately tried to copy their folk style. The uneven crosses took me some time to draw, because I needed to un-train myself from drawing perfect lines. I was mimicking the Janakpuri women's borde…

Talk at Flushing Library: "The People's War in Nepal"

Mar 21, 2004 - CONFLICT in nepal
"The People's War in Nepal," with speaker Sushma Joshi, 2 pm, Flushing Library, Queens, NY. The library is located at 41-17 Main St. Free.