I have prepared this report as you requested based on our earlier conversation regarding my proposal to write an article discussing the parallels between the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan War. Being an American draft dodger myself, I felt there were many parallels to discuss. Both these conflicts had troops hunting through rough terrain for an elusive enemy who attempted to hide among the general population or take sanctuary across the border in neighboring countries. For example The Viet Cong and regular North Vietnamese troops used Laos and Cambodia as sanctuaries, while The Taliban used the tribal areas of neighboring Pakistan as a refuge. Government corruption was widespread in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam war, as was also true of the government in Kabul.
The war against Iraq proved to show truth to this statement. The film Control Room depicted events that occurred during that era. Propaganda was used by both the Iraqi news station, Al Jazeera, and American new station FOX, to convey the views that they wanted their citizens to have of the war. The purpose of this reaction paper was to discuss propaganda, and the effects of the American and Iraqi war had on the two countries. Key points touched upon were: (1) innocent people affected by war, (2) American soldiers who suffer and their families, and (3) America “helping” other countries but struggles to help their own people.
Overcoming Language Barriers and Seeing Perspective The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is a novel based on the real-life story of the Lee’s, a Hmong family who move to Merced, California after escaping from their home country of Laos following World War II. When the Lee’s arrive to Merced, they speak no English and are expected to adapt to Western culture. For them, it was complete culture shock.
In the novel Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, the main character is Richard Perry. In the beginning of this book, Richard was a generous and eager to start as a soldier in the Vietnam War. He soon becomes responsible and understanding of what it is like to be a black soldier in the war and how hard it can be to the other soldiers. Near the end, Richard becomes powerful and alerted near the end of the book. This character clearly relates to the theme of the book, which is age and race can impact somebody’s life a lot.
Describing the tons of people worried and fearful about our government. Although whenever Gore explores the impact of media and also the American authorities on the mass consciousness of American individuals. One among the most important concepts Al Gore promotes in his book is that the concept
Likewise, Haynie makes a point to expose the effect the media has on the public with its biased portrayal of the negative side of veterans and their connection to mental illness. The public’s opinion is formed by how the media covers a story. It just goes to show that when the media is biased in mentioning service members and how dangerous they can be, it leaves the public with only a violent image regarding veterans. In the coverage of Itzcoatl Ocampo’s case, some news stations revealed his connection to the marines or the fact that he is a veteran before properly identifying him.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down In the book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman explores the cultural collision between the Hmong Lee family and their American doctors. Along with the culture clash, the social stigma against the Hmong family brings to light a lot of the systematic, moral, and ethical issues that can arise in our healthcare. Ultimately, the combination of the cultural clash in medical perspectives, the underlying social stigma, the inadequate treatment, and the miscommunication hindered the proper diagnosis and recovery of led to the demise of the Hmong child. However, many of the problems could have been easily avoided or resolved with more patience, objectivity, and most importantly, cultural competence.
involvement in Vietnam, came growing opposing sentiments Stateside. While many were angered by the war, two main beliefs emerged. Those who believed the U.S. was not aggressive enough were known as the Hawks and promoted further deployment of soldiers. Those who were against the war, which famously included the Anti-War movement, were known ad the Doves and wished for the U.S. to leave Vietnam (textBook). Astonishingly, the Anti-War movement was the first of its kind in many ways, and is a clear example of the evolution of Civil Disobedience.
Racism in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Imagine your mother, sister, wife, or cousin was diagnosed with cervical cancer and you believed the doctors were doing everything in their power to help her. Only later you discovered her cells were used for research without consent and she was not properly informed of the risks of her treatment due to her race. This story happened and is told by Rebecca Skloot in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot use of narrative and her writing style enhances the understanding of the story. Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital.
How does one identify themselves as Native American in an urban environment? What is tribal identity? Does it have to do with blood quantum? Or do you have to be an enrolled member? Is one still considered a Native American if they intermarry with another race?
Racism, prejudice, and bias are all manifestations of hatred that have been present within the world for a significant amount of time. This has been discussed and explained in literature, media, and many other forms. When it comes to this hatred we often do not do much to stop it or lessen its presence within the world, we rather feed it and watch as it grows ever more present. Some people will push this off to the side and dismiss it as if it is fine and we should not or can not do anything about it. This is often because hatred can be difficult to overcome due to the many different barriers between us and those who are different than us.
During the first half of the nineteenth century, America's size grew by 70%. This massive and rapid growth was due to the fervor of Manifest Destiny that was spreading throughout the country during this time. Manifest Destiny may be seen as a social idea, but the federal government was leading to the charge to expand the United States across the country. Whether it was declaring war, purchasing new territories, or settling court cases that allowed the federal government more control over infrastructure, the government of the United States was always fighting for westward expansion. The public may have been the ones out on the frontier, heading west to test their luck in new territories, but would they have new territories to discover if the