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February 21, 2018

In Class Writing

I don’t think I’ve ever felt “tokenized” before due to my physical appearance. Back at home, sometimes my friends would say they liked how I was hapa and that was cool, but I’ve never felt like I’ve been really tokenized before. Honestly, when people first meet me I don’t really know what their first impression is based on my appearance. I guess maybe people just think that I am white, even though I am mixed. Although I may look white, my dad looks Chinese so I do remember times where I feel like he has been tokenized in certain situations because he looks more Chinese than I do. Whenever we go to a Chinese restaurant or if we went to Chinatown people would usually feel a little more comfortable with talking to him and selling him things because he looked Chinese. Whenever I’m next to my dad I just look white and people can’t always tell I’m his daughter, which can be funny at times but it shows just how much of an effect the difference in appearance can have.

I remember one time when I was at work there were these two girls that came in and when they saw me one of them asked me if I was hapa. After I told them I was and that I was Chinese one of the girls just stared at me in doubt and didn’t really believe me because I didn’t look as hapa as them. It’s not a big problem that people see me as white because that’s what I look like and that’s what I’ve gotten used to people viewing me as, but it does make me feel a little bit better whenever someone looks at me and knows that I’m not just white.

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February 16, 2018

APA References

  1. Gebhard, J (2010). What do international students think and feel? adapting to U.S. college life and culture. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
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  3. Mack, T (1997, May). Culture shock. Forbes, pp. 188-90. 
  4. Simpson, J (February 9, 2007). Chronicler of culture shock. Time. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
  5. Wright, R (December 15, 2010). Going to teach in prisons: culture shock. Journal of Correctional Education, 56, (1), 19-38. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
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February 12, 2018

Audio Essay Script

My story is going to be about where I grew up and how it affected my opinion and perspective on my own ethnicity. I was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and I’ve lived there my whole life. I grew up on an island with a primarily Asian population, and although I am Chinese I am also half white and a little Hawaiian, so growing up surrounded by a large Asian population made me seem just white. I loved the fact that I was Chinese because my dad always taught me about Chinese culture, however people only saw me as white and even made fun of me for trying to say that I wasn’t just white. Due to this throughout my childhood, I’ve grown to almost despise the fact that I am half white because of what people have been telling me throughout my childhood, and I have gotten used to people being confused when they hear my last name and then look at me.

This develops the idea of identity as well as the norms from where I grew up because I identified as part Chinese but people didn’t believe me because of the norm of what Asian “looked like”. This has caused me to think poorly about being white and made me not want to accept who I was. However, after coming to San Francisco, people are much more accepting of all races and ethnicities which has helped me to stop caring so much about how people categorize me and just more about accepting myself. I guess this will just help the audience understand more about people with mixed cultures or ethnicities.

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February 7, 2018

Audio Essay Discussion

The purpose of this essay is to record a short audio essay (with music) about our experiences with the topics covered in class, such as identity, culture and racial stereotypes, that have shaped our lives in a significant way. This essay will give us a chance to reflect on our culture, help others learn about us, as well as give us more experience with digital media. It should be compelling to others and provide insight to you as a human. The music involved should match the feeling/mood of the story and bring out the message of your story. I think this will be a challenging part for me because there is so much music out there that could be a match for my story, so I’m going to take a long time trying to search for the best representation. I’ll have to wait until I know what story I’m going to tell in order to narrow down my search for music. Overall, this seems like an interesting first essay, so I am looking forward to it more than if it were a regular essay.

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February 7, 2018

Audio Essay Discussion

The purpose of this essay is to record a short audio essay (with music) about our experiences with the topics covered in class, such as identity, culture and racial stereotypes, that have shaped our lives in a significant way. This essay will give us a chance to reflect on our culture, help others learn about us, as well as give us more experience with digital media. It should be compelling to others and provide insight to you as a human. The music involved should match the feeling/mood of the story and bring out the message of your story. I think this will be a challenging part for me because there is so much music out there that could be a match for my story, so I’m going to take a long time trying to search for the best representation. I’ll have to wait until I know what story I’m going to tell in order to narrow down my search for music. Overall, this seems like an interesting first essay, so I am looking forward to it more than if it were a regular essay.

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February 5, 2018

Summary to Hector Bustos’ Response

Hector explains the contrast that Cadogan goes over in his essay, “Black and Blue”, between the streets of Jamaica and the U.S. In his response, he points out that the streets were much more dangerous in Kingston, he was facisnated by them because of the peace he felt on them. He argues that as a child, Cadogan did not stand out and was not viewed as dangerous in Kingston because the majority of the population was black. However, in America he had to be more careful about his actions to make sure he wasn’t seen as a threat. His response argued that there are huge amounts of  prejudice that people face in America just because of his skin color. Hector also believes social class is not an easy subject to talk about because it divides people by how much they make as well as by race, but pop culture helps to get people talking.