Thinking more about our discussion on Tuesday, and having read this New York Times article and the reactions to it, I want to explore the topic of “ownership” of the Holocaust a little more. I am increasingly frustrated with the point of view that any one group should “own” history. It is critical that we […]Read more "Who Owns History?"
I remember the first time I saw someone wearing this t-shirt. I was at an after party in downtown LA for a comedy show. I didn’t get the message that this was going to be a hipster party. It was obvious that I forgot my ironic eyeglasses and converse high tops. Little did I know that […]Read more "Is this racist?"
The first part of last week’s class focused on the blog post dealing with domestic abuse and provoked a thoughtful discussion of feminism and domestic violence. As we observed, domestic abuse is a topic that evokes many feelings and can be controversial in its display. I for instance, was completely shocked by the images of […]Read more "The Silent Sufferers"
As a young child, my father told me that my grandfather served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II on Okinawa. He also told me that my grandfather was quiet about it, granted he did not see any action during his stay as an occupying force on the island. So, I […]Read more "As Firsthand Memories Fade, the Guilt Remains"
I was raised in the age of “Girl Power.” There was never any doubt in my mind: I could do or be whatever I wanted when I grew up and my gender would not stand in the way. With female role models like Sally Ride and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, every door was open. In […]Read more "Wanted: Allies for the Feminist Cause"
Although last week’s class readings revolved primarily around the blues and blues singers, the first part of our class discussion revolved around domestic abuse towards women. We reviewed the exhibit photos of Donna Ferreto’s documentary Living with The Enemy which depict women in violent situations. We questioned, and I still do, how Ms. Ferreto was […]Read more "Strong Words"
I want to reflect on a part of last week’s discussion that focused on the representation of social issues in museums. Although the conversation centered on domestic violence, it could have applied to poverty, homophobia, discrimination, or any other difficult subject that people don’t like to talk about. I strongly believe that museums have an […]Read more "Museums and Social Activism"
Last week’s discussion on domestic abuse made me think about a particular pastime of mine. On a lazy day, I can often be found plopped on the couch, fanatically engulfed in a marathon of real life murder mysteries and unsolved missing persons stories on my favorite TV channel, Investigation Discovery. They play the same episodes […]Read more "Hide Your Wife"
The word “holocaust” is of Greek origin and means “sacrifice by fire.” But that is the easy definition. The Holocaust means many things to many different people. It is about remembrance of the victims, recognition of the strength of survivors, and acknowledgment of what happens when humans fail to tolerate others’ differences. In 2005, the […]Read more "The Men with the Pink Triangle: Breaking the Long Silence"
I didn’t live through the Holocaust. I haven’t experienced human rights atrocities. Therefore, I’ll never fully comprehend the inhumanity suffered under Hitler’s regime. But I must try. As long as we value the sanctity of human life, each of us has a responsibility to ensure that the Holocaust and its victims are not forgotten. This […]Read more "Replaying Horrors with Cartoons and Toys"