California, the petri dish of global political activity. From its very beginning, Southern California has been a frontrunner in political thought and activism. Major political organizations have either started in California or at the very minimum have local political branch. But as Pulido points out “people cannot fully participate in social movements without undergoing a process of political awakening.” (Pulido pg 61). I would like to explore the process of political politicization and how it correlates with protagonist Jackie Ishida, a young Japanese American senior law student coming of political age in the novel “Southland” by Nina Revoyr. The process of become politically aware or creating a political conscious is a two-step process …show more content…
Little did Jackie know, that her Aunt Lois’s seeming easy and benign task of finding an acquaintance from her grandfather’s past, Curtis Martindale, which he bequeath a sizable amount of cash would be the catalyst of her political conscience. Early, she is challenged with the murder mystery that takes place in her grandfather’s store. Her odyssey of self-discovery, takes her to South Central, Crenshaw, Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles where she learns their relevant historical significance. Our protagonist is confronted with the racial conflicts and prejudices that dictate how people reacted to one another in the past and present. She is reminded of the violence that torn not only communities apart but families as well. How the social norms of the day restricted people’s lives and held them in the balance of life and death. Her grandfathers past life, her grandmother cultural silence about the internment and husband’s affair, the police brutality that cause the death of 4 young black teenagers. Even her own inner conflicts with her sexuality and Japanese heritage. She starts to see the world around her with a different
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In 9500 Liberty, Greg Letiecq, controversial blogger and President of Help Save Manassus, utilized his blog and his organization as a platform to make significant changes to the immigration policy in Prince William County. The ‘immigration resolution’ began simply through community interaction as citizens began to generate a divided social identity, ultimately producing a ‘them’ versus ‘us’ mentality. Through a micro-level perspective 9500 Liberty reveals the impact of one person on the controversial issue of immigration, galvanizing the community of Manassus and the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County to unanimously adopt a new illegal immigration policy. One way this can be seen is to consider the impact the policy had within the community of Prince William County.
Eyewitness accounts are generally able to convince readers and this book is able to convince readers about its objective through some sincere retelling of events. One feels that one is accompanying Jeanne on her personal journey and that is the strength of the book. The authors not only recount facts and events but take the readers along with them on a journey where they search, examine and understand the truth behind their experiences. Jeanne shares her experience of being a Japanese American during the war and the impact it had on her without any bitterness or self-pity. It is extremely readable as it avoids being academic and relies more on personal experiences.
Touching on many different painful subjectsAnna Deavere Smith’s book Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 achieves her goal of instilling change by successfully raising awareness of social injustice and expressing the resentment from the civilians
Introduction In the middle of the California coast is Monterey County, Monterey County is made up of many wonderful sites described as “must-see” places in California websites, travelling websites, and even National Geographic. The drive down Highway 1, the Monterey Aquarium, the Mission in Carmel, and so many other places that define much of California’s beauty and history. Inside Monterey County, more inland, is the town of Salinas. Salinas may not be so popular next to one of the major tourist attractions in California; however, it is a very important example of democracy in local government, especially in California.
This is depicted when the states turns red if a state votes for the majority Republican, or the turns blue if the state votes primarily Democratic despite if there is a close margin. Fiorina discusses the uses the illustration to present the false illusion of political division and the influence media has on the public. The strengths in the text are Fiorina’s ability to persuade the audience. The persuasiveness is achieved by relating to the people.
After arriving in Japan and living like this, she becomes disillusioned with the world and people around her. She becomes trapped in this foreign country with no way back home. She initially wanted to travel to Japan just for pleasure. “... she went to Japan for loveliness.” At the end of the story, she thinks about the Kamikaze pilots of World War 2, and how they would go on a one way trip with no return.
Milestone #3: Contemporary Work Jeannette Walls spent decades finding ways to hide her past; she fabricated stories of her own upbringing to help her fit seamlessly into the New York jet-setter lifestyle. While it wasn’t exactly a double life, as she was certainly authentic in her present life, the betrayal of her true origins gnawed at her personal acceptance of not only her family but of herself. Penning the memoir The Glass Castle afforded Walls the opportunity to not only embrace her unconventional upbringing but to examine how it ultimately impacted her personal development.
So although the book ends with a love story ending I felt that it was a very good and truly fascinating read. It also reminds us of how things were for the Japanese people, who lived in America during the war back in the 40’s. This novel warns us not to treat anyone who may be a bit different than we are as badly as the Japanese were treated back
Ellison stands out in plot line, narrative structure, symbolic themes, and even minor references. Ultimately Ellison’s narrator and Coleman Silk fall prey to their own society that forces them to be invisible , they are martyrs. Roth utilizes the framework of Ellison’s novel and creates what could be considered a spiritual successor, a “check-in” to see what has become of our society thirty years past the setting of Ellison’s novel. Unfortunately, as the reader sees, not much has changed as illustrated by the charged nature of the epithet “spook;” the social and cultural arena that illustrates unknowing racism by white men and women; the education of Silk as retribution; and the role that veterans play as symbolic protectorates.
California was born in the middle of many issues of conflict. Crisis over slavery, political legitimacy, and conflict over land, labor, race and ethnicity ( Competing Vision 132 ).During the mid 1800’s California saw many transformations, some positive some negative. There was a slow reservations development for Indians, but a better established land ownership. With certain political figures, who rallied to remove laws, which discriminated against African Americans and rather high religious tolerance, California was taking a distinct shape.
The award winning novel Southland, by Nina Revoyr, clearly describes life in Southern California during the mid 1900’s. In this novel, Revoyr distinctly outlines the controversy between love, race, and murder. The apparent issues in Southland begin to show themselves through the narrative set in Los Angeles. Revoyr was born in Japan and moved to Los Angeles when she was very young. Born a white American, Revoyr was racially excluded by the white children and had a hard time fitting in.
This book reflects the author’s wish of not only remembering what has happened to the Japanese families living in the United States of America at the time of war but also to show its effects and how families made through that storm of problems and insecurities. The story takes in the first turn when the father of Jeanne gets arrested in the accusation of supplying fuel to Japanese parties and takes it last turn when after the passage of several years, Jeanne (writer) is living a contented life with her family and ponders over her past (Wakatsuki Houston and D. Houston 3-78). As we read along the pages
Abita was a young, black, strong willed, and intelligent 17 year old girl who knew exactly what she wanted in life. She was underestimated by many because people thought she was just simply to young to make any impact on society. Her mother was a waitress who sometimes could barely make ends meet. Abitas mom wanted her to grow strong and when she was growing up, she often told her, her dreams and stories about empowering people and standing up for what’s right regardless of what the outcome may be. Abita’s father wasn 't in the picture, she didn’t even know whether he was dead or alive, she could see the pain that lingered in her mom 's chocolate brown eyes when her younger sisters would talk about him.