Feb 27 2020 reflection

The picture that relates somewhat to my thanksgiving experience is John Currin’s painting. My family and I don’t really engage in thanksgiving because we have no ties in the United States. Our typical thanksgiving consists of us going to a restaurant and eating or just staying home and eating food together. The image that least resembles my experience is the image with all the soldiers on the table together. I never have had a very traditional thanksgiving with the turkey and gravy on the table. I also have never had anyone in my family in the military so I cannot relate to them coming back home.

Feb 25 Reflection

The foods that are most common in my family/ culture are rice, beans, meat, and salad. They don’t necessarily represent a social or cultural status in the society. Everyone from the wealthy to the poor usually eats this common food. It is everywhere you go when you are in Brazil. It’s seen as rude when you don’t eat the food that is offered to you and many people take offense when you don’t eat it. Knowing how to make this typical food is important because it is passed down from generations and there aren’t exact ingredients, therefore everyone has a different taste even though it is the same type of food.

Feb 25, 2020

Keely, Sebastien, Keane

  1. As mentioned in the book, “Reaching out to faculty and peers for academic and cultural support and regular participation at social events become key factors to help international students mitigate culture shock in U.S. colleges and universities” (Gebhard, 2010, p. 23).
  2.  (H. Mar, personal communication, June 30, 2011).
  3. Mack, T. (1997, May). Culture shock. Forbes p. 188-90.
  4. Simpson, J. (2006, May 8). Chronicler of culture shock. Time, p. 156. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database on Feb. 9,2007.
  5. Wright, R. (2005, March). Going to teach in prisons: Culture Shock. Journal of Correctional Education, 56 (1), 19-38. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier on December 15, 2010.

Feb 20 2020 In class writing

I believe that Almond’s critique of football violence is very accurate. He talks about how masculine the games are and how most men watch them. The football fan culture is pretty extreme and very popular in the United States. A lot of the times males are expected to like or watch this sport. Most of the norms provided are very violent ones which are very worrying some because it demonstrates how violence is acceptable in the sport and seen as heroic. It is very interesting that these acts of violence are seen as heroic and if someone gets injured in a game the person who injured them is seen as a beast while the other person is seen as a type of ” war hero”. This game is extremely masculine and promoted the idea of violence is a very manly thing to do.

Feb 18 In class writing

I read Madison Derita’s response to “Unspeakable Conversations” by Harriet Johnson. In both of our responses, we point out that the author does a good job of giving a vivid description of her experience with Professor Peter Singer. It was also stated that Johnson debated the idea of disabled people not being happy and she rebuttals that in her response to the Professor. She states that although there are still difficulties in their daily lives it does not mean that they are better off dead because they add to society.

After reading Cencere’s response, he addresses how Harriet Johnson uses the present tense to engage her audience. There was also very strong language that added to Dr. Johnson’s argument against Professor Singer. When Harriet Johnson describes her morning routine, it shows that she is accustomed to the life that she was living and that we should not pity the caregivers but give them more assistance.


When people first meet me they usually assume I am full white. I have gotten multiple comments about my brown hair, blue eyes appearance. They probably assume that my parents are white-middle class U.S. citizens. My whole life a lot of people don’t know about my cultural background unless I tell them about it. I find it very interesting because it just goes to show how people have a lot of stereotypes. I have gotten multiple comments saying “Oh but you don’t LOOK Brazilian” or “Yea but your still white”.

Both of my parents were born and raised in Brazil. In fact, they are the only people in my family that live in the United States. I have been going to Brazil since I was 5 months old and I speak fluent Portuguese. Sometimes it annoys me when people don’t believe me or try to argue with me. It demonstrates how they have never really immersed themselves with other cultures. Some people are straight-up ignorant when I bring up my culture. When people assume I have to have certain aspects of what a “Brazilian girl is supposed to look like” it bothers me because there are some people that their culture is supposed to be Brazilian but they don’t identify with it.

Feb 11 In class writing

When I moved to the Bay Area from Hawaii, I had a lot of adjusting to do. I moved at a very essential time of growth, and there was a lot of struggle to adjust. My story will talk about the culture I knew my whole life and the one I learned when I moved to the bay area. It develops on the ideas of family and personal growth. With family, there were many conflicts between us that made us grow apart at times, but we all grew individually to see each other’s sides.

Talking about the cultural differences I experienced might open up some peoples perspectives about their own experience. Making it intriguing and relatable for people will help them understand my point of view of the whole story. This will also help develop a better understanding of who I am as a person. There are many people that have also gone through periods of growth that can understand the conflict that also comes with it.

Feb 4 2020 in class writing

  • Compose an essay about your life
    • What makes you who you are/ what influences you
  • Use what the story is about & what it’s really about
  • Audio essay that includes: audio, visuals, images, and pictures
  • Essay must have an audio track
  • Must be cohesive & have examples and support

I may find a challenge in trying to brainstorm my ideas and make it cohesive. Finding one topic that is truly meaningful to me may be difficult because I have a lot of events that have made me the person I am. I plan to address this challenge by eliminating my choices down and picking one that is the most significant to my life. I also might encounter some problems with trying to make the audio essay, but by watching tutorials or asking for tech help I can overcome those problems. I believe this assignment will be a fun challenge.

Discussions on readings for the day:

Garnette Cadogan’s “Black and Blue” addresses a lot of discrimination problems in the United States that he has faced. My family members and I have not personally experienced discrimination at the level he has. My parents are Brazilian and we speak fluent Portuguese to each other. I have heard many stories from my parents, where many would look down at them because their English wasn’t perfect or that they were thieves because they were Brazilian. Once at a restaurant I encountered a very uncomfortable situation first-hand. I was speaking to my father in Portuguese (at the time it was when Donald Trump was getting elected). We sit down and start talking and the lady next to us starts making uncomfortable faces and starts moving away from us. This isn’t discrimination at the extreme level, but it bothered me how ignorant the woman was and how she felt uncomfortable. I believe Codogan is trying to rewrite these scripts to demonstrate that just because a person is from a different culture or area does not mean that they are any different from you. It is important to remember that we are all human beings and that we shouldn’t stereotype people.

January 30 2020

After reading multiple peer responses I found many similarities to my response. In Cencere’s response, they mention that groups tend to stay together due to the sense of community. They also mention the large political divide in today’s society. There are many different viewpoints on certain topics and many do not associate with people from the “other side” because of them. This impacts the goal of reaching our “full” diversity. I agree with Cencere on how it is kind of impossible to reach that goal of full diversity, but I do believe that we are more diverse compared to years ago. Points in other responses such as the communities in San Francisco have also been brought up. Even though this city is extremely diverse, there is still segregation between the low-income and high-income communities. Reading these excerpts and seeing the other side of the story also makes us think and approach it with a different perspective.

  • My Brazillian parents can’t say “world”
  • When I went to Brazil people would look at me when I ate pizza with my hands
  • You have to hug and kiss everyone when you greet them in Brazil
  • Calling people aunty and uncle when I lived in Hawaii

January 28 2020 In Class Writing

Rachel H

Philip L

Keane B

January 28 In-Class Writing

According to the Human Rights Campaign website, “transgender” is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned at birth. There are at least 700,000 people in the United States who identify as transgender. There are multiple ways transgender people identify themselves. “Some transgender people identify as male or female, and some identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, or somewhere else on or outside of the spectrum of what we understand gender to be.” (Human Rights Campaign). There is a large spectrum and different ways that people decide to identify themselves. Some people decide to do surgeries to transition, while others don’t. We should help and be allies because we should all lift each other up. 

Identity issue they face would be with identity documents. Many states require evidence of medical transition, which can be expensive, as well as fees for processing their new identity documents. The cost of all these long processes to get identity documents makes it unaffordable for some in the transgender community. About “33 percent of people had not able to update any of their identity documents to match their affirmed gender.” (Human Rights Campaign)  Without a form of identification, one can’t travel, register for school or access to services that are essential to function in society. “The LGBTQ community still faces considerable stigma based on over a century of being characterized as mentally ill, socially deviant and sexually predatory.” (Human Rights Campaign). While this stigma for gay men and lesbian women has faded over the years, transgenders are still being harassed because society does not understand them. They are also mistreated and face discrimination in work places, school, and even with the familes, and communities. 

Today, transgenders face fewer challenges compared to times in the last century. Despite today’s treatment to transgenders, they still face challenges. Many of which includes lack of legal protection, poverty, harassment, barriers in healthcare, etc. (Understand the Transgender Community). Transgenders were treated differently before the turn of the century no matter the age group, yet the number of reported transgenders continues to rise. Even with the rise of transgender celebrities appearing in the mass media, many Americans have no knowledge of anyone else who is transgender.

“Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People.” National Center for Transgender 

Equality, 5 Oct. 2018,  


Human Rights Campaign. “Understanding the Transgender Community.” Human Rights 

Campaign, www.hrc.org/resources/understanding-the-transgender-community.

Monitor on Psychology, American Psychological Association,  





Hello, my name is Keane Boscardin and I am currently a psych major but I am changing it to advertising. I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and moved to Danville, CA when I was 12 years old. There isn’t much to do in Danville so I go hiking and bowling a lot with my friends. I love music and going to concerts. My parents are both from Curitiba, Brazil so I go visit almost every year. I speak fluent Portuguese and I only have immediate family in the United States. I love traveling and exploring new places. I have been to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Spain, France, Dominican Republic, and the Bermuda islands. I want to explore more places that I have never been before such as Greece, South Africa, New Zeland, Australia, Japan, and many more. I find all cultures to be very intriguing because each one has different mannerisms, social norms, and perspectives on life. I enjoy cinematography and photography and would like to incorporate those two things more into my life. I believe that you can bring a different perspective into the world through a camera lens. A fun fact about me is that I have seen a shark while surfing with my friends at baby Makapu beach.