Blu's Hanging Lecture Notes Compilation
Blu's Hanging Lecture Notes Compilation
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Blu s Hanging Hawai i history very brie y 0 US missionaries arrive 1820 0 Annexed by the US 1898 0 US occupation of Phillippines 1898 0 Statehood 1959 0 Apology Resolution 1993 0 Currentday independence movement Settlement patterns 0 1800s sugar plantations control economic and social life in H1 0 Waves of indentured laborers g one 0 Chinese Japanese Portuguese Korean Filipino 0 Majority Asianamerican Pidgin Hawaiian creole English 0 English mixed with Hawaiian Portuguese Cantonese Japanese Tagalog some Korean and Spanish 0 Assimilates diverse vocabulary amp grammar o Eg no verb instead of don t verb 0 Eg one used as an article for a I No let one boy buy you clothes 36 0 Lingua franca of H1 0 Fulfills practical need 0 Chin s wish for AsAm dialect analog to ebonics Book s use of creole 0 Not just an aesthetic choice but also a political choice 0 Oral language not written 0 Dialogue in pidgin 0 Implicit politicalracial statement 0 Literary language full aesthetic expression 0 Full human subjects 59 Plantation social pyramid Backdrop the controversy of Blu s Hanging Lois Ann Yamanaka bio 0 Sansei bom in Molokai HI Grew up in working class Japanese American community Went to university of Hawaii at Manoa BA amp MA in education in 1983 and 1987 Public school teacher of language arts resource and English Started writing at 27 Early literary career 0 First publication poetry verse novellas Saturday Night at the Pahala Theater 1993 0 Elliot Cades award for literature Pushcart prize Association for Asian American Studies AAAS Book award 0 Early novels considered a trilogy loosely based on her adolescent years I Wild Meat and the bully burgers 1996 blu s hanging 1997 heads by harry 1998 Early protests of her work 0 Kala gave me anykine advice especially about Filipinos when I moved to pahala Discord in Asian American Studies 0 Association for Asian American Studies founded 1979 0 First book received AAAS Book Award 1995 0 2nd book slated for award backed out before official AAAS Annual Conference 1998 Honolulu HI 0 Formally presented Fiction Award for Blu s Hanging 0 Decision goes through and at the conference all that remains to be done is to formally present award to Yamanaka 0 Accepted on her behalf by 3 Filipina high school students 0 Protesters stand up and tum their backs and refuse to acknowledge the award 0 Protest led by Filipino organizers turn their backs to the stage 0 Membership resolution passed by secret ballot award rescinded 0 Board of Directors step down Implications of controversy 0 Survival of AAAS as organization 0 Fragility and divisiveness of Asian America the coalition o Schisms gender ethnicity class orientation 0 Availability Protestors argument 0 Not about censoring book 0 Official entity representing and defining political and cultural agendas of AsAm scholarship ought not endorse 0 Highlights longstanding marginalization of Filipino Americans in AsAm o HELGA Politics again Why can t they just hear Madama Butter y as a piece of beautiful music Defender s argument 0 Y all are bad readers 0 Narrative may be written so as to invite criticism of narratorcharacter s view 0 Tyranny of positive representations aesthetic dead end sti ing Research question What does it mean that the book s worst sexual predator is Filipino 0 What is sexual predation about Device Meaningless evil Or does it fit a social pattem Notes for reading not on test Magical realism 0 Fiction that includes fantastical events in a narrative that otherwise maintains the reliable tone of realistic report 0 Narrative throws curveballs 0 The supernatural becomes ordinary accepted and integrated into the rationality of literary realism Authorial reticence 0 Lack of clear explanation as to accuracycredibility of events and World views of characters 0 The magical is inexplicable o Explaining would subordinate the magical to the real conventional As you read 0 Look for patterns or symbolism around food or rope Research Q5 What does it mean that the book s worst sexual predator is Filipino 0 What is sexual predation about 0 What s the very first thing we leam about the Ogata children page 3 food 0 value system via food symbolism Does the book invite a critique of the noxious representations in its passages Poor food 6 0 maynaise bread is fat on fat 119 0 empty calories high energy low nutrients cheap and filling but not good for them 0 Tamago meshi 4 0 Japanese soul food 0 Malnutrition they re eating but not well and are not eating what they need 0 Uses food as basis of its symbol of values The stuff of Blu s dreams 0 Mama was in the kitchen It was breakfast time We had eggs from the carton Farmer John bacon Florida orange juice 6 0 Dream about abundance 0 What else 0 Stereotypically American breakfast 0 Specificity brand names Status food 0 Food that isn t just having enough but symbolizes a middle class higher class lifestyle 0 Participation in mainstream US culture 0 Superman lunchbox 7 I Food is literally wrapped in pop culture 0 Vs brown grocery bag I Not sheer coincidence that it s the subject of ridicule factor in Hawaii 0 PBampJ carrot sticks Blu 0 Vs musubi with nori red ume egg rolls teri beef sticks 8 0 unwrapping frozen soda cans 7 0 Middle class status intact nuclear family cultural access 6 locally in ected 0 They have none of this Conspicuous consumption 0 Lavish spending on goods and services that are acquired mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth In the mind of a conspicuous consumer such display serves as a means of attaining or maintaining social status Food as conspicuous consumption literally 0 Scott he had four Twinkies so he gave away two 8 0 consuming of food in context of high social visibility 0 potlatch ritual feast given by the big man to display wealth Food items as commodities 0 Stigma to have home grown products 6 0 Can brand them w commodity container 8 0 Irony Twinkies also empty calories junk food US commodity culture 0 Brands as expression of consumer s identity 0 Blu no name brands no identity 0 no friends whatsoever 27 0 Logic of consumption 9 status 0 Pep and Bob 53 I Pepsi and barbecue avored Lays chips Purchases social membership by same logic 0 Blu became an official member Fill in your name here 55 Narrator amp narrative Ivah Ogata 0 As narrator are we supposed to follow her lead 0 Maxine o Ichiro 0 Carlos some resemblance reasonable one amidst decay 0 As character narrative device 0 Child 13yearold not omniscient without hindsight Idealizes mother 0 Gateway to both local J A and mainstream foodcommodity cultures 0 No Mama no Ziplocs 82 0 Words as gospel 36 Underminingcritique of mother 0 Yellow on your panty whadda you do well if you don t use regular Clorox use Borax too 0 Ajax 37 Critique of Mama as racist 0 Kurochan 14 0 black guy 0 Racist imagining of sexual predator boogeyman 0 Recall context charges against 1 2 books re exploitingperpetuating racist imagining of Filipino sexual predators Can Ivah see Mama as wrong 0 Can t bring herself to put dissonance into words 16 0 Mama told me about Cat Haters Minnie Rat 34 Reyes sisters by Ivah s account 148 151 animals Cannibals sexual monstrosities 155 161 seductresses Willing participants in own molestations 173 also charge of racist representation Dec 03 2013 Anything odd in the use of hands In the use of he 0 Pg 102 Deliberate ambiguity 0 Blu or Poppy 0 Blu may be behaving somewhat by Poppy s example 0 Poppy wants to stop hurting but can t 105 0 Poppy s hurting o Aiming to evoke a parallel to Blu Poppy s hurting Blu s hanging Blu s Hanging 0 Blu is hanging 0 The hanging of Blu 0 Who s hanging Blu 0 Cowboy 31 Blu hangs 137 0 Fun 154 0 Play harm uncle Paolo 0 Blu is hanging cats 0 Game of doing harm 0 Blu s hanging hanging on 249 o hanging shifts to survival I Rope the thing that saves you 0 Ropes knots I To confine 154 I To escape to freedom 147 I To hold back 146 I To hold together 152 I To bring back keep safe 141 143 lifeline Single symbol con icting meanings 0 Rope that is both life and deathline 0 heavy 141 0 Pill that meant living for and dying for her children 0 was love 145 0 Hold togethertear apart at the same time Food as ambivalent symbol too 0 Eating comforts 105 0 Eating hurts 119 0 Pain and comfort commingled 0 Sugar fuel that is toxic to the body 119 review symbols ambiguous ambivalent 0 Rope as lifeline amp noose Pills as medicine amp poison Sugar as fuel amp toxin Food as symbol of commodity culture but commodity membership is junk What is sexual predation about What does it mean that the book39s worst sexual predator is a Filipino Uncle Paolo as root of horror It all started with Uncle Paolo 149 0 Human shark 150 0 Incestuous molester 173 0 No stopping him littlest girls next 174 0 Scene from a horror movie 2478 Pervasive sexual predation predatory penises 0 High school boy 10 ethnically undefined Ten bucks keeps looking May I 0 Lerch old man 13 ethnically undefined Blu turns to watch him 0 Mr Iwasaki 20 old Japanese man 100000 bar milk duds dollar bills Blu pulls his pants down 0 Uncle Paolo 3 car Wash tied up pants down Pattems Symbolic systems cropping up 0 Rope sugar money 0 Predation is not occurring in a social vacuum Poverty 9 sexual vulnerability 0 Blu trading for seeking currency of social membership 0 Hungerloneliness commodity culture 9 sexual favors look cheap 0 What Blu is trading for in each of these interactions is more than more than candy he is trading for social membership which is why sex acts to him may not seem like a big deal Inability to discern harm 0 Pain accepted as pleasure love hurts something he s learned at Poppy s hands o blacknblu blennblu 0 Despite evidence of pain lacks concept of Unacceptable Harm o I dunno why good fun 174 0 These are not codes to him instead he looks at the rope or tears as any number of things could be going on here some of them good Sex like sugar 0 Neither of these is a subtle sensation no need to learn to appreciate the pleasures of either instead they tend to ood your senses 0 Associations with sugary foods 0 Blueberry yogurt 155 0 Associations with ight 0 like ying 155 Free Canary 161 0 Both sex and sugar come to operate as forms of escapism highs o Intense immediate forms of pleasure gratification o Highs that the body can read as false positives o Self medication Both end up doing more harm than good Sex as empty calories 0 Desire tied to pleasure 0 Need tied to love 0 Vulnerable to poor substitutes o Junk food 0 Fake membership 0 Molestation 0 Different kinds of harm being read as benefits 0 Society makes some of us more vulnerable to being victimized 0 Victimization is a lot messier than we might be comfortable admitting Blu s response to Uncle Paolo s predation 0 Even after the rape o Is it wrong 253 0 Doesn t know what he shouldn t want 0 Rope no proof that no part of him was willing So what is sexual predation in this book about 0 Exploitation of Need 0 Need that is socially manufactured o Predators manifest social pathologies 0 Did Uncle Paulo have to be Filipino to show this 0 Half the sexual predators are undefined in the first place What does it mean that the book s worst sexual predator is Filipino 0 Nothing in story 0 Clarence Briggs making point See I m not racist 0 Shove it to critics Is an award from the Association of Asian American Studies warranted here Research Q 2 Does the book invite a critique of the noxious representations in its pages 0 Does the book invite a critique of the noxious representations in its pages 0 Between narrator and narrative Reyes sisters lvah s account 0 148 151 animals Cannibals sexual monstrosities 0 155 161 seductresses 0 Willing participants in own molestations 173 also charge of racist representations 0 Echoes of Mama s KuroChan scare tactics The limited narrator what doesn t Ivah see 0 Reyes and Okata families much alike 0 Same neighborhood single parent 0 What must the Reyes girls need 0 How vulnerable must they be 0 Predator in their home without either parent to protect o Predator authorized to watch them as designated protector So what is sexual predation in this book about 0 Exploitation of need 0 Need that is socially manufactured 0 Predators manifest social pathologies Why always called uncle 0 Can never get away from their relationship to him 0 Girls not necessarily more monstrous certainly no less vulnerable than Blu 0 Not something narrator articulates 0 Something narrative allows us to see but how easy to see this counternarrative This Hawaii is not for Tourists The Atlantic 0 Yamanaka s critics many of them scholars of ethnic studies rather than of literature issued what amounted to an academic fatwa against her 0 lt s strong stuff certainly but the irony in the poem is obvious The last line of the third stanza is virtually a telegram to the reader that Yamanaka s subject matter is the wayward wickedness of the feverish adolescent imagination not the predilection of Filipinos for sexual mutilation and cannibalism Review slide 0 Protestors 0 Not censoring I Read discuss but official entity defining AsAm scholarship ought not endorse 0 Defenders o Y all are bad readers I Narrative invites criticism of narrator s view I positive representation aesthetic dead end Should the Association for Asian American Studies award Blu s Hanging Bottom line Discussion 0 Disclaimer 0 The Views and opinions expressed in this novel are those of the characters and do not necessarily re ect the official policy or position of the author 0 Endorsement 0 We are the AAAS and we approve this message