Momentum Award: Father Jeremy Clarke
Professor from down-under closes cultural gap through accessible research
Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
As a professor, a Jesuit, a friend, and an advocate of culture, Clarke truly believes in his work not only as a researcher but as a visitor to the U.S., one with a unique perspective.
"I do come from a minority," Clarke said. "Everyday people talk about my accent, where I come from, so I'm actually quite sympathetic to being a stranger in a strange land."
With his outsider's perspective, Clarke continues to work on publishing and exposing research that reflects the struggle of Asian nations and how relationships through cross-cultural exchange provide the necessary bond that can bridge the gap between two distinct cultures.
"I think world peace, world harmony, because that's all we want, it's only through putting ourselves in another's shoes, or moccasins, or happy slippers, if you like, and therefore, I see my role as a bridge between different communities."♦