Cofer based her essay on examples from her own life and observations of the problem in a broader sense. It looks like her work targets auditory from different social classes because it explains to both sides (representatives of the mainstream and Latin cultures) their mistakes. Cofer did not use information from studies
French theorists Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray have suggested, women must "speak" and "write" their own experiences, but the speaking must also be related to the context (Helland). In her life and work Kahlo espoused the ethic of Mexicanidad (Mexicanness), picturing herself as nourished by her Indian roots despite the fact that she was the daughter of an Hungarian Jew and a Mexican mother of Spanish and Indian descent (Herrera 1990). As she sought her own roots, Kahlo’s personal pain did not eclipse her commitment to Mexico and the Mexican people. She always also voiced concern for her country as it struggled for an independent cultural identity. Therefore, from looking at Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States it provides evidence of an insightful understanding of the fragmented Mexican identity.
But, in literature and especially short stories, symbolism is widely used and an idea as practical as, ‘because her mother is transphobic’ would not work because of the words in the quote such as, “vanishing” and “like they never existed” are perfectly in one sentence along with both words relating to invisibility. This does not add up to ‘because her mother is transphobic’. Then, in Save the I-Hotel, opposition could argue that the quote,“Nobody knows you here, just the work you do, just the color of your face” is just a practical implication that Filipino workers simply feel underappreciated by their bosses. Nevertheless, the author cleverly uses words since all of the parts of the sentence perfectly align with each other. The quote, “Nobody knows you here, just the work you do, just the color of your face” has words that represent a tool: “just the work you do, just the color of your face” talk about the characteristics of how we see a tool, which are seeing if the tools works and rusty color of the tool.
June Jordan’s poem, “Poem about my rights” is about a woman who is describing her experiences and the unremittent concern for basic human rights for males and females. It is a personal and emotional poem about her view of the world and how change is needed. Although majority of the poem is written about how Jordan’s basic rights were not given, the poem also includes sections at which the reader sees the need for equal basic rights for both male and female is needed. This essay will comprise of my response to the poem, both as a poem and an oral performance. Throughout the poem Jordan uses repetition and in the oral performance uses her voice to enhance her message and feelings.
Betsy Casas Chicano Studies 10A/ Dis 2k Professor Romero/ Brenda Nicholas December 9th, 2015 An Analysis of the Traditional Chicano Social Identity For more than one hundred years, Mexicans (as well as other Latino groups) have been regarded as racially non-white peoples, who are not able to become part of mainstream American white society; as they (we) have been systematically “put aside” and have substantially been prohibited participation, and therefore access to such. This has been strongly manifested by the evident marginalization, as well as second-class treatment, experienced by this and other Latino groups in the United States. With actions such as the intent of many Mexican Americans to prove their patriotism by fighting in World
Poetry, for instance, can be described as a political act, which enables further thought and understanding between people. Additionally, these stories reveal the great diversity among women. Generally, women are grouped together, as stated by Lorde: “As women we have either been taught to ignore our differences or view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than forces of change (Lorde, 1979).” Despite the efforts to categorize women’s issues into one mass of problems, White women perceive the world differently than African American women, Hispanic women, Native American women, etc., and vice versa. This conglomeration of “women’s issues” does not address every aspect of being a woman in patriarchal and unjust societies throughout the world. Through
In the poem, “Legal Alien”, by Pat Mora, Pat Mora depicts her culture colliding with another, causing cultural conflict. In the poem, Pat Mora is expressing how she feels as if Americans and Mexicans both treated her like a different species. “Their eyes say, “you may speak Spanish but you are not like me”, (line 12 and 13). Here, Pat Mora is talking about how even though she speaks Spanish, and is a part of the Mexican culture, Mexicans don’t see her as a Mexican. To
However, she changes the second line to, “How many more ways? You ask,” (60) and ends the poem with “Haven’t I told you enough?” (61). The speaker longs for the privileges carried with being a member of the cultural majority of her time. The theme of shame and regret that the speaker feels about her longings to be white is given strength by employing the literary devices such as diction, imagery, and symbolism. As the poem develops, she explores her feelings and expresses her shame of longing to be white, yet still, she cannot shed her “yellow” skin (38).
The views in both story have some similarities but also contain differences. In "response" the author draws upon noticeable differences among the Two girls in the story one being of Japanese decent and the other a white girl. The innocence shown by the Narrator is shown being that she does not fully understand why she is leaving and where she is going. In the second story she also has a similar view of American culture however she is well knowing that her "awful grandmother" does not approve of her association with American culture. In the two stories we see a cultural separation at times.
Her position as the daughter of immigrants and as an American wife and mother curiously alienates her from both Indian culture and her own family.While on a vacation in India with her husband and children, Mina attempts to come to terms with her unhappiness byconfessing her anxiety to the tour guide her husband has hired. Mina’s problem -- her inability to be understood by Mr. Kapasi -- stems out of herfailure to translate the social, political, and historical expectations he has of her because of her appearance and name, which in his eyes mark her as Indian. She shows little interest in the country of her parents’ birth, which passes her by as she touches up her nail polish in the car, scolding her daughter, “Leave me alone,” when she asks to have her nails painted, too