How does food affect your identity? In yesterday’s class, we discussed immigrant’s experiences and the importance of food. Several people shared stories of how food has influenced their lives and identities. Food is such a big part of our lives, and yet many times we don’t realize its importance until we move to a different […]Read more "Salmon Strips, Peanut Butter, and Salt Potatoes: Food and Identity"
What does immigration mean to you? How has immigration affected your family? What are the best ways to help current immigrants? The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience probes into these questions in its new exhibit, Belonging: Before And After The Immigration Act Of 1965, on display from March 2015 to February […]Read more "Belonging: Immigrant Experiences at the Wing Luke"
In the introduction of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Jennifer Finney Boylan says, “If I’ve met over 5,000 transgender people, I’ve probably heard 5,000 different explanations of what it means to be trans, and what our defining experiences are.” Bruce Jenner’s recent interview with Diane Sawyer embodies her statement that there is no one path to […]Read more "Bruce Jenner’s Journey"
The Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America helped celebrate the museum’s 35 year history while also looking at concepts of Chinese identity in America. Open from September 25, 2014 to March 1, 2015, the exhibition examined the museum’s history, how the organization has changed, […]Read more "Community and Collaboration in Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving"
In early April my family, boyfriend, and I went to go see “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway. That evening featured Tony award winning Lena Hall (her last night!) and John Cameron Mitchell, the writer of the show. The show is about a young man named Hansel who grew up in East Berlin while the wall […]Read more "I Put On Some Makeup"
Immigration policy is a contested and challenging issue that continues to shape the United States as a nation with profound effects on the individuals that hope to gain opportunities in America. According to America in Progress there are1.3 million undocumented Asian immigrants in America. Asian Americans have played a significant role in advocating for immigration reform and […]Read more "Misguided Opportunities: The Undocumented Immigrant Experience"
I never felt particularly close to my name growing up. For some inexplicable reason I didn’t feel like a “Carly.” Now I like it and I feel it connects me to my grandpa Carl, the inspiration for my name. Although he has passed away, I am reminded of him everyday when somebody calls for me […]Read more "The Name Game: Naming and Identity"
In our last class we talked about issues in the LGBTQ community. One issue the LGBTQ community faces is adolescents that are getting bullied because of their sexual identity and considering or attempting suicide. The following are two programs that provide support and resources for adolescents that feel like they are alone in dealing with issues […]Read more "Museum Advocacy: LGBTQ Community Projects"
Revealing Queer, a landmark exhibition produced by Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and curated by Queering the Museum, explored the last 40 years of LGBTQ history in the Puget Sound region. The exhibition, which opened in February 2014 and ended in July of the same year, was the brainchild of Queering the Museum […]Read more "Revealing Queer: A Model for Inclusion in Museums"
Living in North Dakota for four years, and having members of Native American tribes who have married into my extended family, gave me a firsthand experience in discussing contemporary Native American issues with members of North Dakota tribe. Contemporary Native American people are experiencing issues that have continued from early racism and disregard for Native American feelings. […]Read more "Native American Mascots: The Fight to Reclaim a Name"