- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 25: The
Directed by Janko Virant
Recently arrived Serbian poet,
Radovan Gajic, is the superintendent and community leader of two high-rise
apartment buildings in Toronto. The buildings are a magnet for other Serbian
- Community co-operation
- Cultural leadership
- Collective experience and
- Ethnic War
- To appreciate Radovan Gajics
role as the backbone of a small community of Serbian Canadians
- To comprehend the role of
the writer in deciphering the immigrants adjustment and self expression
- To be aware of the living
history of ethnic war which has driven various ethnic groups out of
their homeland in the Balkans
- Discuss as a class what
writer Radovan Gajic means when he says, I belong only to the
great nation of word.
- Research the history of
ethnic and religious arguments that led to the war in the former Yugoslavia.
Compare it to the history of ethnic struggles in two other nations,
perhaps English and French Canada; England and pre-republican Ireland;
Sikh and Hindu India. List the differences and similarities of each
region according to: grievances claimed by each group, aggressive actions,
attempts at peace, legal action, ultimate outcomes.
- Go to the Scattering of
Seeds website (www.whitepinepictures.com) and look up the section on
The Boatswain where there is an excerpt of Radovan Gajics poetry
from The Hostage of T. City. Give a visual interpretation of your impressions
by drawing, painting or creating a collage of images that the poem evokes
in your imagination.
- Imagine you are an immigrant
in a country that has a different language, culture, religion than your
own. Write an essay describing your experiences as an outsider; all
the ways that you are different, all the things you must learn and adjust
to in order to fit into a new way of life.
- Write a poem using the imagery
of a garden and seeds as a metaphor for the immigrant experience in