Welcome to my blog. My name is Joseph L. Mbele. I am a Tanzanian educator, with particular interest in Literature, Folklore and Cultural Studies. I have taught at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Burundi, and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
I like writing: academic papers, books, reviews, and newspaper columns. My best known publication is the book Africans and Americans: Embracing Cultural Differences, available online at http://www.lulu.com/content/105001. I also like translating folklore from Matengo and Swahili into English.
I travel around much and have been all over the world, attending conferences, giving lectures, and participating in cultural events, especially book fairs. What else? For many years, I have been a cultural consultant for Americans going to Africa and for Africans living in America. My role has been to share perspectives on cultural differences that are bound to affect the interactions between Africans and Americans. As I talk with these people, I not only share what I know, but I also learn much from their experiences, concerns, and questions, and the more I learn, the more I can share. It has always been this way.
I have created this blog as a site for sharing these matters, but, who knows? There could be other things as well. The sky is the limit. I hope you will find this blog worth visiting, again and again.