Karen Umemoto’s study of the various student organizations formed by Asian Americans in the 1960’s titled "On Strike!" San Francisco State College Strike, 1968-69: The Role of Asian American Students, deals with the various college organizations formed for the purpose of ensuring quality educational attainment opportunities for the group in the period the Civil Rights Movement. The period saw students take to the streets and challenge educational institutions and boards when they were denied equal opportunity in education and also called for studies of their own groups as part of the curriculum. A very important mandate of these various groups was to work in counter hegemonic sites in terms of their willingness to “develop ideas running counter to prevailing paradigms.” (Umemoto 1989, p.7)
After roughly five decades of discrimination, the US deemed it necessary for all citizens to reap the benefits of the democratized nation. Regardless that there was still discrimination and the war did not change how people felt towards the Asian-American community, the US implemented new equality laws so that the Asian community was seen more positively. Also, almost immediately after WW2, Cold War began and the US wanted to “extend its democratic ideals to immigrants of color and acknowledge its diversity,” which would pose an issue as the own citizen’s of America we not reaping the benefits of the democracy they wanted to promote (Takaki 358). By making democratic ideals widespread, and accepting other people, this made America look like
Throughout many of the different novels that we have read in class we are able to see how asian americans strive to find their own identities and how there was a challenge between the American culture and the achievement of social equality for own racial group. Asian American who becomes assimilated in American culture had to pay the price for such a desire. Figuring out one’s identity is big issue, for immigrants especially for 2nd generation of Asian Americans who feel neither native Asian nor American. Asian American tried to fit them into the majority ‘American culture’ instead of their own culture and conflict with their order generations. For the minorities, America is still a place which have to give up many of own uniqueness and struggle to fit in for their comfortable.
As a result of the segregation from other races, Asian Americans have typically kept to themselves and are focused on becoming successful. In addition to the political absence of Asians extending beyond other races, the persistent model minority myth is an accepted truth within the community itself. While the stereotupe is a complete myth, it has been so embedded that even Asian Americans start to believe it, making them and other believe that Asians are the only minority that have endowed the key to success in America. Asians are not only placed in the shadows, but they also choose to stay; many are too comfortable with their successful personal lives, to the extent of neglecting the matters of other Asians ethnicities. Additionally, Asians are perceived to be traditionally passive, giving an almost filial piety towards white people in hopes of having the same privileges.
When filling out a questionnaire, it is only a matter of time before I come across the predictable: what is your race/ethnicity? I do not have to think long nor hard about my answer. In fact, I do not hesitate to pencil in African American. Why is that? It could very well be that at a glance my skin tone and accent is enough for people to quickly label me as such thus reaffirming my identity.
In addition, many people don’t expect Asians to be able to understand English at all; simply because they are Asian, they are viewed as foreigners who don’t understand the language. When an Asian worker met a customer he conversed with over the phone, the customer will exclaim, “‘I didn't realize you were Asian.’... and on the other side when I met them what I really want to say was, ‘Oh, I couldn't tell you were black over the phone either’” (Tuan 113). Many people in America wrongfully make assumptions about people just by the way they speak.
One key question is whether minority groups in America should merge into the majority culture or remain their individual identity. The answer to this question is controversial. Generally, White Americans support for assimilation. Others, especially Africa Americans prefer to pluralism, on the other hand. From my point of view, I powerfully advocate that members of minority groups had better maintain their distinct identity, rather than assimilate into common culture.
Ethnicity and the Class System -Soumya Uttam, 2-B Our society is deeply engraved with many forms of social stratification. People are constantly being categorized in a hierarchy, based upon their occupation, income, social status and power. One such type is the Class system, which is based upon economy. Social groups are divided according to their relationship to a 'means of production', i.e, land, property, industries, etc.
Body politics actually refers to the practices and policies through which power is named, it is regulated, and negotiated on and through the body. As this become even more important to our culture and becoming more and more linked and connected with one another. This causes challenges between the rules and also norms to one another. Studying gender differences, racial differences, and other social constructs that define our cultures which brings better understanding to globalisation as well as to our cultures. Gender and Race differences are could be the most talked about and discuss matter, because both gender and race can be involve with anyone around the world.
Raised in Southern California Life experiences help shape one’s views of race, culture and issues of diversity. Culture can be both internal and external. In Culture, Identity, and Learning, “Culture consists of the values, traditions, worldview, and social and political relationships created, shared, and transformed by a group of people bound together…” (p 171). Living in California, there have been different elements that have influenced my cultural upbringing, such as, my family’s traditions, values, norms and beliefs.