Both "In Response to Executive Order 9066" and "Mericans" portray American identity as something that cannot be defined by nationality. " In Response to Executive Order 9066" is a poem written by Japanese-American Dwight Okita set during World War II shortly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Hearbor." 'Mercians" is a short story written by Sandra Cisneros. The poem "
They both critique our culture’s misogyny and rigid standards of beauty. In “Losing Bodies”, Susie Orbach argues that modern Western beauty standards have a profoundly negative impact on women, encouraging women to take drastic measures to conform to the mainstream ideal of beauty. Duhamel refers to this in her poem, “The Limited Edition Platinum Barbie”. Orbach also claims that gender roles dictate what behavior is acceptable for women (248), as does Duhamel in her poem, “One Afternoon When Barbie Wanted to Join the Military”. Although these works express similar concerns, they are presented very differently.
“Beauty is not just a white girl. It's so many different flavors and shades.” A quote most famously used by Queen Latifah. Julia Alaverze the author of ‘I want to be Miss.America’ faced the struggle of loving and appreciating her beauty when she moved to the United States with her family.
During the post-World War II in Japan, women were submissive — they were obliged to listen to the demands of men and the way society wanted them to act. The lives of women in Japan was more revolutionary after the war and their depiction changed within time. In the story “Bone Meat,” Taeko Kōno argues that women are fragile and compliant in which Kōno tells a story about a woman with those characteristics that makes the reader percept of women as submissive and show the differentiation between gender roles regarding relationships. The roles of women change through the years in events that have impacted not only women’s perception, but the world as well. In Bone Meat, Kōno expresses the woman to seem dependent of the man she loves after
Assimilation is usually meant to indicate what happens to immigrants in a new land. However, “rejection, loneliness, discrimination—these were the byproducts of living in the United States” (Ghymn 37). In Marilyn Chin’s essay on assimilation “How I Got That Name,” the speaker acquaints the readers how she got the American name “Marilyn.” The tension between the two cultures is evident, for the speaker is treated as “Model Minority.” Her race and ethnicity define her; in fact, the stereotypes inscribed with her race restricted and cage her significance in the society.
Birdie is forced to pass as a white girl, and she loses contact with her black identity. Her mother forces her to pass as a white girl in order to escape from the FBI. “The FBI would be looking for a white woman on the lam with her black child. But the fact that I
Camille Paglia, a humanities professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and cultural critic for the San Francisco Examiner, wrote an article entitled “On Date Rape” to share her opinion on the stance of women when it comes to dating culture and rape. Paglia claims her generation was the one that “broke the rules” and paved way for “freedoms” for women, but insinuates that women now do not want to take responsibility for the risks that follow these “freedoms” (142). In her discussion of the topic, she exhibits a myriad of fallacious statements and weaknesses, which conceivably challenges her position as a feminist. Her conclusions question her credibility and sensitivity to the issue and do not make a convincing argument. Throughout
Amy Tan has “been thinking about all this lately, about my mother’s English, about achievement tests. Because lately I’ve been asked, as a writer, why there are not more Asian Americans represented in American literature. […] Fortunately, I happen to be rebellious in nature and enjoy the challenging of disproving assumptions made about me. I became an English major my first year in college.” (889-890)
In Response to Executive Order 9066" and Cisneros 's story " 'Mericans" reveal the illusion of what American identity is differs from the truth of American identity. To begin, Okita 's poem is from the perspective of a "...fourteen year old [Japanese American] girl with bad
Were they in those camps during the war?’ And sometimes there were phrases or nicknames: ‘Lotus Blossom.’ I was sometimes addressed or referred to as racially Japanese, sometimes as Japanese-American, and sometimes as an Asian woman.” said Kesaya E. Noda “Even as an adult I can still see two sides of my face and past. I can see from the inside out, in freedom.
Harwood suggests that the role of motherhood forces one to give up their passion and careers. In the poem, 'Suburban Sonnet ', Harwood uses the pseudonym of Miriam Stone to explore the loss of identity that a mother can experience. The use of personal pronouns not only shows the loss of identity of this women, but also Harwood suggests that this is universal and is affecting many other women. The women 'who played for Rubinstein ' shows that this poem is more than a personal lament, but rather a comment on society that in order to become a mother, you must sacrifice your passion and career. The use of unpleasant imagery 'children chatter, then scream and fight ' highlights the burn and 'annoyance ' of the children.
Precious Yamaguchi is a professor at Southern Oregon University, where she teaches critical studies, international and intercultural communication. Chapter eight of Yamaguchi’s book focuses on the aftermath of the internment camps, it is titled “After the Internment Camps, internal strength, support, and friendships.” The target audience for this book which the chapter is located is primary for anyone interested or doing research on the experiences of Japanese American during and post World War II. This chapter, in particular, aims to inform readers about the struggles Japanese American women experiences after returning home from internment camps, from finding jobs to attending school in order to support themselves and their families. The article is extremely useful for my study in that it provides with the exact information I wanted, I wanted to know what life was for these Japanese American women after returning home from the camps and I got just that.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor the United states went into World War II, many people think that the Japanese living near the West Coast aid Japan even though they have no evidence of them doing any wrong. If the person race is Japanese or if their face look Japanese they had to move to an internment camp. The nonfiction story “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston had to face discrimination through her time at Japanese internment camp. Another nonfiction, memoir called “The Bracelet” by Yoshiko Uchida. The story explain that the narrator were having similar experience even though they both live in different area.
Anne developed a unique writing style that relied on metaphors and dialogue, both techniques most likely developed from her literary way of looking at the world as a young girl. Braden’s memoir about the sedition case, The Wall Between, is a metaphor in itself. Braden continually refers to a wall between blacks and whites and the negative effects its division has on the people of both sides. She uses this and other metaphors as a means to simplify ideas, like that of racial unity to overcome segregation: “For it can’t be crashed through – not from your side alone” (Braden, The Wall Between 8). In “Free Thomas Wansley” and The Wall Between, Braden recounts conversations like dialogue in a novel as a way to make her writing more approachable and vivid, something that is key to impacting her
The United States is made up of some of the most diverse and interesting cultures in the world. Jamila Lyiscott proves this by showing her different dialects and how they are all equally important. Lyiscott believes that the way she speaks towards her parents, towards her friends, and towards her colleagues are all one in the same. Throughout the entirety of her speech, Lyiscott changes up her vocal patterns and dialects so that the audience can understand first hand what each of these dialects are. When she talks about her father, Lyiscott uses her native tongue, when she talks to her fellow neighbors and close friends she switches it up to a more urbanized dialect, and when she is in school she masks the other two dialects with a professional sounding language.