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"
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"
This week’s class discussion on Latino immigration to the United States was probably the most personal for me so far. As a descendent of Mexican immigrants who grew up in California, I’ve always been surrounded by this topic, both consciously and subconsciously. What struck me about our readings and discussion was the role that identity […]Read more "Identity and Immigration"
Every day we hear about the loss of jobs in America. Congress, the President, legislators, all assure us they are creating new jobs and addressing the alarming unemployment rate. At the same time, people use the media to claim that the decline in jobs is due to an increase in Mexican and Latin American immigration. They […]Read more "The Great Job Debate"
What does it mean to be an individual? How do you define your individuality under the spotlight of cultural traditions? While reading Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers, I was struck by the author’s translucent scrutiny of the oppression of women’s individuality. Yezierska calls into question the limited roles offered to women in traditional families and the […]Read more "Bread Givers and the Oppression of Individuality"
The Children are dead already. We are killing them, That is what America should be saying; On TV, in the streets, in offices, should be saying, “We aren’t giving the children a chance to live.” Mexicans are taking our jobs, they say instead. What they really say is, let them die, and the children too. […]Read more "Who is Taking Our Jobs?"