Throughout the course of this semester, I have enjoyed learning how to use the blogosphere to bring issues regarding race, class, and gender to the web. I am excited to see how the blog will grow and change next year. It is important to consider that the course is the main unifying factor for the […]Read more "The Future of CRG@CGP"
After class today, I wanted to learn more about Jhumpa Lahiri to see how her personal experiences may have played a role in her fiction. In particular, the third paragraph of this biography relates pretty well to our discussions today.Read more "About Jhumpa Lahiri"
During last week’s class, we discussed the common literary theme of cultural encounters with identity. These coming of age tales are often centered around a character’s life as an immigrant in the United States and their struggle to assimilate to American culture. One of my favorite books in this vain is Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster […]Read more "Some Call Me “The Gangster of Love”"
This piece reveals the ability art has to address important political and social issues. It depicts a garment factory symbolizing the factory that Fasanella worked in as a young man with his mother and sister. Fasanella, his mother, and his sister are all painted in the scene, highlighting the import role the factory played in […]Read more "Painting a Unified Labor Force"
Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the immigration raid in Postville, Iowa where 389 workers were arrested. A very small town, Postville had a population of around 3,000 before the raid, but now is only home to about 1,800 people. On Tuesday, approximately 650 people attended a vigil marking the event. An article on […]Read more "Iowa Remembers Immigration Raid"
After reading and viewing Brokeback Mountain in class, I was curious to see the types of reactions floating around on the web. Here’s what Christianity Today had to say. Harry Forbes includes as part of his review: “Looked at from the point of view of the need for love which everyone feels but few people […]Read more "Christian Reaction to Brokeback Mountain"
Junot Diaz‘s “Fiesta 1980” is a short story about an immigrant family from Santo Domingo who attends a family party in the Bronx. The story is told from the perspective of Yunior, a young boy, who seems to be very observant of the immediate world that surrounds him. The middle child of three, he is […]Read more "Car Sickness or Papi’s Affair?"
In the South Park episode “Goobacks” (4.28.2004), the town is infiltrated by people from the year 3045 who have entered the nation through a time portal and are looking for work. The future is dismal; the economy is failing and jobs are very hard to find. The people of the future do not look like […]Read more "South Park Addresses Immigration"
Who doesn’t love a love story? American culture is filled with tales of love lost and love found, serendipity, and punch/drunk love. Is this why the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, a love story about two gay cowboys, was so widely accecepted by American audiences? The tale depicts a lifestyle traditonally marginalized within mainstream American society, […]Read more "Love Interrogated"