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Eth Std Week 3

by: Brianna Alleyne

Eth Std Week 3 Ethnic Studies 150

Brianna Alleyne
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This notes cover the first week of discussion of the book American Son.
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brianna Alleyne on Friday September 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Ethnic Studies 150 at University of California Berkeley taught by Greg Choy in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see People of Mixed Racial Descent in Ethnic Studies at University of California Berkeley.

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Date Created: 09/09/16
September 6, 2016 American Son ● Identify with some instances of books ● Good pic of striving in life and assimilating ○ Mom strive to be white but is filipino ○ Gabe trying to be both ○ Tomas trying to be mexican not either ■ Power of being a cholo and not  speak spanish ● Page 20 ○ Tomas claim and pass as mexican but not be ○ Ties to page 33 ■ Everything is about appearances ● Tomas being multiracial but identify as a different ethnicity ○ Fits in with the mexican culture ● Identity is what you put on and perform ● Accepting other people’s terminology and not be part of it  (officially) ● What constitutes as someone is appropriating that culture? Or  claim it as your own? ○ Taking things out of context and not respecting the  culture that respect ○ Need to develop a line when appropriating and  being a part of the culture ● Thomas ○ Appropriating mexican culture ○ Subject to white patriarchal society ○ Continues cycle of abuse ○ Trying to find himself ○ Should we get angry at him or give him some  help/love ○ How is he fix in with gender dynamic and role? Terms/Languages ● Authenticity ● Multi­dimensionality ○ Various ways of “being”/experiencing culture ● Assimilation ● Humanity (Vulnerable) ● Appropriation vs. appreciation Mixed Issues ● Different types of mixed people ● Colorism ● Appropriation vs. appreciation ○ The line and who decides ● Multi­racial fluidity of identity ● Confusion of geography ● Language and authenticity ● Migration and immigration patterns ○ Push and pull factors ○ Consensual and forced mixture of races ■ nonconsent mixing valid/can those  people claim it ○ 1940s and 1950s ● Gender dynamics with mixed identity ● Isolated identities ● Race formation in US vs other countries ● American patriocracy and silencing of other people  languages/identities ● Choosing identity September 8, 2016 American Son ● Blindness is a theme in this book ○ Driving the stolen trunk and he steps out to pee, he  steps in blackness ● Book about Gabe coming of age ○ Does he see himself as a connecting link of  occidental and oriental ○ He was always in the dark and trying to find his way out ● Is there something that can be salvaged at the end of the book ● Image of gabe with a weapon in his hand ○ Turning point ● Image of gabe throwing up ● Page 32 and 33 ○ James Mitchener ■ Writes about far east ■ 40s, 50s, 60s ■ Travel writer ■ American who travels to far off and  lives like an american in another country ○ Tomas is reading it ● Letters from Home ○ Putting in context ○ Judgemental ○ Bossy ○ Older brother in a patriarchal society ■ Pushes Ika to America and pulled  her away from Phillipines ● Nothing Ika can do to be american ○ Way Gabe describes her ○ She can’t speak up enough­ her thick accent ○ She is never seen as american and people remind  her so she feels empty and only has the desire and dream to be american ● The Dog ○ Thomas is training them ■ Brute force gets you want you want ■ Selling them ■ Only shows them as pure­breed and only respond to german commands ○ Pitbull ■ Violent dogs but not ■ Tied with POC ■ Seen before being seen ● The body is a contested sight ○ Tomas was okay with his body in Philippines and in America he is identified as others ● Gabe ○ Ika and Tomas as two ends ■ Ika ● Weak ● Nothing to offer gabe  besides please ● Suffers immigration  trauma ● Desire to be american ● Color  person/racialized minority ○ Doesn’ t know how to deal with that ○ Left  philippines to american and wants to be american ● Passes down  historical trauma ■ Tomas ● Strong ● Sees right thru him ● Trains everyone and  everything around him ○ Trying to find an in­between the both of them ○ Tries to escape and off into the void  ○ Lakes historical consciousness ○ Tries to escape a place and create his own space ■ He is only in 8th grade so he lacks  maturity ■ Has incredible power of observation ● Something that both  ika and tomas lack ■ Process oriented National Symbolic ● Matrix of americanness ● Set of beliefs and cultures ● No one achieves it but that is our ideal ● It’s what you do that makes you American ● For racialized minorities, you can’t do enough to be seen as  American ○ When you don’t stand up­ the national creed isn’t  shown but what is shown is america’s racial creed Consent/Descent ● S. Bercovitch Know Self or No self


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