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A Novel Against Racism  
By Arnold Perey

Chapter 8. Alan Comes to New Guinea 

Note: It is now more than a decade later. Gwe is a now young man and his friend Fovot is too. Together they have walked to the Australian Patrol Post in neighboring Myana Valley, high in the central mountains, two or three hours walk from their home. Alan is headed to the same patrol post but isn't there yet.  

In fact, Alan has just arrived in New Guinea (it was still a U.N. mandated territory of Australia and not yet the independent nation of Papua New Guinea). He's living in a hotel at a major coastal city and  has to arrange for permission to go to the interior mountains and purchase supplies. 

Alan was going to research a doctoral thesis on human ecology: people and their use of land. In the quietude of the untouched wilderness, among men and women of Nature, he felt, he would experience the primitive at last. He would become like an Indian, perhaps, and learn the wisdom of an ancient people. 
     During the days when Gwe planned to leave for Myana, Alan Hull learned the following: (1) He’d passed the oral exam for his doctorate, which nine months earlier he’d failed, and (2) the fellowship from the U.S. Public Health Service and grant from the National Science Foundation to go to New Guinea were activated. Practically weeping with relief, he began arranging to leave. 
     It was in September of the 27th year of his life that Alan Hull arrived at last, early in the morning, in Kiriwinoo, New Guinea. He booked into Kiriwinoo Hotel.  
     This city on the northern coast of New Guinea sits at the mouth of the River which is entry to the interior: to the faraway Mountain Ok region, where Gwe lived. That River, the mighty Sepik, winds its way through hundreds of miles of forest and is home to the most spectacular, variegated art of the Territory. But this was not to be the subject of his study, as much as he loved to draw. He felt art was not included in his scientific objectives: to study the relation of people and land. 
     And now, Alan was about to have his first breakfast in New Guinea. In the dining room, walking languidly in the heat, waiters in red laplaps1 served the guests.  
     A waiter approached Alan to ask a question. “What did he say?” Alan asked the blond official in short pants and long socks sitting at the next table.  
     “He asked, What do you want?” 
     “Don’t they speak English?” 
     The man looked at him in surprise. “No.” 
     With electric fans suspended from the ceiling, slowly revolving, the guests eating breakfast, and black waiters in red silently moving from table to table, it seemed to Alan a scene from an old movie of French West Africa: black servitude and white supremacy.  
     Meanwhile, the Australian business people ate heartily as if nothing was wrong. 
     The waiter left, hurt that Alan didn’t order. 
     The waiter came back, thinking better of his decision. Alan asked the blond man, “Can he get a pad and pencil from the hotel desk, and I’ll write my order on it?” 
     The man said, “No. The cook can’t read.” 
     “Can anybody read?” 
     Alan reflected on the quiet acceptance of vast social difference between the white businesspeople and government workers, and the dark New Guinean staff.  
     Here, thought Alan looking at the men serving food, are the rightful owners of New Guinea: the first inhabitants of this large island—an island girdled with dark ocean and three thousand miles of circumference—and these men are serving in red laplaps. 

1Cloth wrapped about the waist to knee length or more. Pronounced "lap-lap." Possibly from the Javanese lava-lava, also a wrapped cloth. 
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Gwe Is Born   
The Attack  
Five Years Later
Alan Comes to New Guinea  
Equality & Difference 
A Story of Famine

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See: Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology
About Arnold Perey
Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Aesthetic Realism Online Library
Aesthetic Realism Consultations
The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method
What People Say: Links to Aesthetic Realism Resources
John Singer Sargent's Madame X, an Aesthetic Realism Discussion
Friends of Aesthetic Realism--Countering the Lies

Anti-Racism Resources:

See articles by writers whom I esteem. Writing by Ellen Reiss, the Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, includes her "Difference and Sameness: The Human Question" and "Racism Can End."

Nancy Huntting is represented by her "On Racism & How to End It".

See Capt. Allan Michael's "It Is In Contempt That the Root of Racism Lies"and Alice Bernstein's book, Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism.

Articles by New York teachers who demonstrate how the standard curriculum, K-12, can be used to encourage kindness and oppose prejudice include: "Prejudice Changes to Respect" and "Students Learn, Prejudice Is Defeated!"

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