Weaving Worlds Together by Nana Rinehart


Born in Denmark, Nana Rinehart spent a year at Connecticut College on a Fulbright grant. After completing her degree at the University of Copenhagen, she earned a Ph.D. in English in the U.S., and went on to teach college and high school and work in international education. Her articles on student mobility issues and cross-cultural learning have appeared in professional journals. She is the co-editor of Rocking in Red Square,Critical Approaches to International Education in the Age of Cyberculture. Weaving Worlds Together traces the author’s Danish-American intercultural journey and describes the process through which she integrated her two countries intoa single identity.

Nurtured and supported by a close-knit family, she grew up in a picturesque section of Copenhagen with summer holidays in the countryside. At the age of eighteen, she left for America, where she confronted the challenges and rewards of culture shock. Coming back to Denmark, she found her allegiance divided between her native country and the new world she had discovered. Her interest in English literature took her to Oxford, where she met her husband-to-be, a native Washingtonian. Together, they returned to the U.S., made a home in a welcoming D.C. neighborhood, and raised three sons who went with them to Denmark every summer throughout their childhood to connect with family and friends there.

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