Everything you need to understand or teach Voyage to the Island by Raija Nieminen.
In Voyage to the Island, readers enter three unusual worlds. First and most important, Nieminen offers readers a graphic sense of what it means to be deaf. Through her accounts of her own increasing deafness as well as her work with hearing-impaired children on St.
Lucia, hearing readers will gain insight into what it means to rely on sight for communication. Second, Nieminen gives a vivid picture of the culture of a Caribbean island where the mostly African-descended inhabitants struggle to survive while North American and European tourists, business people, and consultants lead lives of luxury (and have the ever-present option of returning to their relatively prosperous homelands when they so choose). Finally, Voyage to the Island reveals much about the values and culture of a middle-class Finnish family, the members of which come to appreciate their own society through their experiences as expatriates.