Paper B& Paper C
November, 24 2015
Immigrants discuss their experience with being immigrant in America
Wayne State University
students gathered around four immigration panelists with recorders and note pads, in Alicia Nails race, gender and culture class last Tuesday night.
Filipio Mirando an immigrant from Italy, Jihad Fahs an immigrant from Lebenon, Karen Marrero a Canadian immigrant and Juan Montoya a Mexican immigrant all discussed with the class their experiences as immigrants and the processes and social issues that they had to encounter.
“ Only the brave survive,” says Mirando “ you fly a lot and arrive tired,“ the visa process is very long,” and “it took me seven or eight months to find a job.”
Mirando says it was harder for him than most immigrants who came to America at a young age.
“When you and your parents move here when you are 3 years old you don’t feel it, but when you are 31 years old you have to reinvent your self,” “ you have to start at zero.”
Fahs says he did not have to go through the samething that most immigrants had to go through, because he came to America when he was three years old, he said he had to deal with identity issues.
“My issue as an immigrant is more like with an identity issue,” says Fahs “it's probably a common thing with people immigrating at a young age.”
“Am I American, am I Arabic, what is an a Arabic especially since post 9/11and the atmosphere that was created, says Fahs “your not really comfortable in your own skin.”
“Even now, now that I have my own identity solidified it creates some conflict totally in me is probably the biggest issue I came across,” says Fahs.
Marrero talked about being a Wayne State University history professor and a Canadian immigrant and how she is not familiar with the American history because she is from Canada.
“Because I grew up in Canada and this isn’t the history that I’ve learned
I never know how much of something that I’m saying is too much of what my students have learned already,” says Marrero.
“ I’ll say hey I didn’t grow up with this narrative,” “I didn’t grow up with this story of American myth of the founding fathers.”
“So I say tell me what it is you’ve learned and tell me how I can augment that,” says Marrero.
“I find that I am speaking from a position of an outsider, but sometimes thats an ok position , I try to be honest with who I am,” says Marrero
“Its an honest position it allows the students to teach me as well.”
Montoya spoke about his experience with learning the English language.
“ The language is the first thing you have to deal with “
“when I come here I was living with my dad and I was just working so, I didn’t get a chance to go to school,” says Montoya.
“My English that I know I’ve been learning from the people that I work with or just maybe watching tv or something like that,” “that’s the only way that I know what I know right now.”
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Cierra Anthony 313-358-7056 Cierra.Anthony@wayne.edu Paper B& Paper C November, 24 2015 LGBT Panel LGBT panels discuss their experiences as being apart of the LGBT community “ When I came out to my mom she told me that I would burn in hell.” Those were the words of Kyle Taylor a public relations student at Wayne State University and a member of PRSSA, participant in the LGBT organization Affirmations. Taylor and three other LGBT panelists spoke about their experiences with coming out to their friends and family. “ When I came out to my dad he didn’t talk to me for like three months” say’s Taylor. He says once his father finally accepted him for being gay he took him to his house for Thanksgiving and told Taylor, “This is not a coming out party so I would appreciated if you didn’t tell anybody.” Taylor says he instantly felt disrespected, “If they can’t accept me for who I am then they are not my real family.” “ My coming out experience was a little bit difficult,” says computer science student at Lansing community college, Coletta Motta. “My sister Frankee outted me,” says Motta “ I remember being terrified I didn’t want to go home.” Motta says it was difficult at first, but I went back to normal after a while. The LGBT panelist also spoke about questions they dislike being asked from straight people. Tim Carroll Tim Carroll a journalism student at Wayne State and former editor of The South End says he hates “when someone asks me who is the girl and who was the boy.” “They don’t think its offensive, but it kinda is.” Carroll said “I used to freak out when someone ask me that question, but I have a thicker skin now.” Carroll says “its normal for straight people to think that something is straight and everything else is different,” he says it’s called normality, “One has to be a boy and one has to be a girl and that's just not the case at all.” Taylor says he do not like when people asked him “well if you're gay why don't you act gay,” “I do not think it's fair that people think that all gay people are flamboyant.” “There are some Flamboyant men that don’t like boys and the same goes for girls too.” Chase Herle a banquet server at The Inn at St. John's says he does not like when people asked him, “how did you know you were gay?” says Herle “ I’ll always respond with how did you know you were straight.” Motto says she dislikes when a person asks her “how do lesbians have sex,” “Does that even count as sex?” “ I used to feel so uncomfortable because I did not want to answer that question,” says Motta. They also discussed the issues of gay rights. Herle says “It’s legal in this state to fire someone for being gay, and you cant find back in the court of law for that.” “It’s also legal to deny housing to LGBT members,” says Herle. Motta says “Its really hard adopting kids or even having them because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” says Motta “ you could go to an agency and say me and my partner want to try to adopt and they can deny you.”
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Cierra Anthony 313-358-7056 Cierra.Anthony@wayne.edu My Panel Paper November, 17, 2015 Asian American vs The Media How Asian-American’s are depicted in the media George Rodman, the author of ‘Mass Media in a Changing World’ say’s he defined media as the main means of communication such as television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet. According to the author of ‘Asian Americans Beyond the Model Minority Stereotype, Zhang Qin “Most racial-ethnic stereotypes about Asian Americans are constructed, activated, and perpetuated by the media.” He say’s people's perceptions of Asian Americans are consistent with media stereotypes and the media activated racial-ethnic stereotypes that can affect people's behavior with Asians.” Filipino-American activist Sharon Levowski say’s “the media is the reason people makes fun of our accents and the way we speak, when we speak in our language,” say’s Levowski “I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me if I speak that ching ching chong language, which is very prejudice and unprofessional. Writer for Peoples magazine Stephen M. Silverman wrote an article on Rosie O’Donnell impersonating Asians as a joke. “The joke outraged many, including the group UNITY: Journalists of Color, which represents more than 10,000 journalists, and New York City councilman John C. Liu, who sent a letter to View executive producer Barbara Walters, demanding an apology.” Journalist for the NPR’s ‘Code Switch,’ Kat Chow talks about different television shows that depicts the Asian-American culture in her article ‘A Brief History of Squashed Asian-American TV Shows.’ ABC’s ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ was the first show that Chow say’s is “depicted on TV in the US which, for the most part is sparsely.” Fresh off the Boat is a “show based on a memoir of chef Eddie Huang ‘The same name,’ which is about immigrants in America In the 1990s, Eddie, a hip-hop-loving 11-year-old, relocates with his parents and two brothers to suburban Orlando from the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C. As Eddie's dad, Louis, pursues the American dream by opening a western-themed restaurant named Cattleman's Ranch Steakhouse, Eddie and the rest of the family try to acclimate to their new, strange surroundings,” according to imbd.com. Chow names another show “Gung Ho' ... is one of the more overtly racist television series to hit the airwaves since 'Amos and Andy,' " TV critic Ruth Daniel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. "But since the jokes are directed toward the Japanese, who represent something of a minority's minority in the United States, ABC may be gambling that 'Gung Ho' will generate a minimum of protest." ‘Teresa A. Mok say’s “The mass media play an enormously important role in modern U.S. society. Not only are people informed of what’s happening in the news from around the world, but also are apprised of social norms, customs, and standards ranging from behaviors to beauty.” Qin name four Asian American stereotypes in the media starting with model minority stereotype “First, among racial-ethnic groups in the U.S., Asians are perceived as most likely to achieve academic success; second, Asians are most likely to be perceived as nerds; third, Asians are perceived as most likely to be left out; and last, people are least likely to initiate friendship with Asians and Hispanics.” Kathy Ramen has a Youtube video discussing the Model minority stereotypes in the Asian American community as well as Zang Qin. She say’s Asian American’s make up only five percent of the US, and they are so poorly represented in the media. Ramen say’s “although the model minority is a good stereotype there are still some really bad ones.” She say’s two of the negative stereotypes that are popular in the media is “ Asian’s are bad driver, and they eat weird food.” “Those stereotypes are all equally harmful for the Asian community.” Ramen say’s that all Asian’s aren’t smart and successful. “ The School of Education at John Hopkins 2010 has a study that shows that all it’s true that 42 percent of Asian Americans have a college degree as a whole, but that is not true that all Asian ethnicities have a college degree universally.” She also said that less than 29.4 percent of Vietnamese people have a high school diploma, and 37.4 percent of Cambodians have a high school diploma. “ So can we really say that all Asian-Americans are doing well academically, maybe not.” In the article, ‘7 things about Asian American’s that you’ll never learn in mainstream media’ writer Zak Cheney-Rice say’s “There is no shortage of stereotypes plaguing media portrayals of Asian-Americans. Regardless of their platform, the stories we do or don't tell about Asian people in the United States have not only enshrined harmful misconceptions, but have made a diverse network of cultures in this country invisible. The first thing Rice discussed was the Asian’s not being identified as Americans. "Asians are rarely identified as Asian-American,” says Rice “Most media portrays them as foreign, and often threateningly so, which contributes to stereotyping them as perpetually alien and therefore abnormal, unpatriotic, perhaps even disloyal. " The other example Rice gave was that all Asian-American’s are not martial artist. “ We are not all martial artist,” says Rice This should go without saying. But if you've so much as glanced at a TV over the past 50 years, you'll notice that "both Asian-American men and women are disproportionately depicted as martial artists," say’s Rice “I'd love to see Asian-Americans being and doing non-stereotypical things. An Asian-American action hero who can't do martial arts. An Asian-American who maybe struggles in school." He also say’s "I'd like to see stories about poor Asian families, LGBT Asians, overweight Asians, Asian kids who didn't grow up with a Tiger Mom or didn't have a mom, and Asians running for office. Writer Ethel Navales wrote ‘Breaking the Asian Myth: No, Not ALL Asians Are Short’ and she say’s that Being a proud member of the fun-sized community myself, I admit that there are quite a number of us. But is that enough to justify the pure shock and disbelief Asians get when they actually are tall?” Wayne State University professor Lui Haiyong say’s “all forms of stereotype comes from somewhere, some form of it has to be true in order for the media to have a certain idea about a specific race.”
Name __Cierra Anthony___ Panel Asian American 1. How are major issues about this group FRAMED in the media? Attach a news clip that serves as an example demonstrating commonly used media short-hand, or FRAMING. The media make the Asian American culture appear to be extremely smart and focused on success. Nicholas Kristof a writer for the New York Times say’s “ an A- is an Asian F.” Kristof says because of that Asian American students are under pressure to do well, so they stress about school and jobs. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/opinion/sunday/asian-americans-and-stereotypes.html?_r=0 2. In what way(s) is this group MARGINALIZED in the media ? Attach news clip demonstrating an example of this MARGINALIZATION. Writer for Everyday Feminism Whitney Pow talks about how people make fun of the Asian accents in the media by referencing the movie A Christmas story I’ve never, ever heard any Chinese or Asian non-native English speaker sound the way the singers sound in A Christmas Story says Pow which is what I’d like to call “fa ra ra ra bullshit.” http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/thats-not-who-i-am/ 3. READ CAREFULLY: Who are the OPPOSITIONAL voices/groups OPERATING WITHIN [WHO ARE MEMBERS OF ] this culture? Be specific. Attach clip. CEO and founder of the K12 news network Cynthia Liu and cultural blogger Jen Fang “have both lambasted the suits, aimed at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, for recruiting Asian American as "model victims,” according to NBCnews.com. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/asian-american-activists-attack-anti-discrimination-suits-n260971 4. READ CAREFULLY: “Mainstream” society views this group from ONE perspective. BUT, “insider perspectives” challenge/question that mainstream perspective – viewing the group from a DIFFERENT perspective, therefore DECONSTRUCTING the mainstream view. Attach clip. Mainstream media view the Asian Americans as very intellectually advanced people with accents and bad drivers according to pjmedia.com. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/11/24/the-7-worst-asian-american-stereotypes/2/ 5. List three ARCHETYPES or characterizations that the media uses as a “shorthand” to depict individual PEOPLE who are members of this culture (at least one of them positive). Be specific. Attach clip demonstrating one. 1 They all know how to do Karate 2. They are all Chinese 3. They are very smart http://listovative.com/top-10-common-asian-stereotypes-list/
Cierra Anthony 313-358-7056 Cierra.Anthony@wayne.edu Research November 3, 2015 Asian-American Research History of Asian Americans- According to asiannation.org the first Asian that came to America were Chinese Filipinos. “Filipino sailors were the first to settle in the U.S. around 1750 in what would later be Louisiana.” The British and the Spanish brought slaves to South America from China, Philippines and India to make up for the shortage of slaves from Africa, in 1840. “However, the first large-scale immigration of Asians into the U.S. didn't happen until 1848. Around that time and as you may remember from your history classes, gold was discovered in America.” “The Gold Rush was one of the pull factors that led many Chinese to come to the U.S. to find their fortune and return home rich and wealthy.” “Chinese miners experienced their first taste of discrimination in the form of the Foreign Miner Tax. This was supposed to be collected from every foreign miner but in reality, it was only collected from the Chinese, despite the multitude of miners from European countries there as well.” “After they returned to California, the Chinese increasingly became the targets of racial attacks and discriminatory legislation because their labor was no longer needed and Whites began seeing them as an economic threat. This anti-Chinese movement, which was accompanied by numerous anti-Chinese riots, lynchings, and murders (including Tacoma, Washington and most famously at Rock Springs, Wyoming), culminated with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. This act barred virtually all immigration from China and prevented all Chinese already in the U.S. from becoming U.S. citizens, even their American-born children.” http://www.asian-nation.org/first.shtml Media and stereotypes- According to newamericamedia.com “discrimination, stereotypes and exclusion are the norm for Asians, both on television and the silver screen.” “As for racist stereotypes, just take for example the recent episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” a CBS sitcom, in which white actors put on yellow face like Fu Man Chu and spoke in exaggerated Chinese accents.” “In this day and age it would be unthinkable for white actors to wear black face and make fun of, say, ebonics. The repercussions would be swift, and heads would surely roll. But putting on a yellow face is another matter – racist parodies of Asians somehow remain okay and acceptable in the imaginations of producers and writers.” http://newamericamedia.org/2014/01/the-bamboo-ceiling-hollywood-shuns-asians-while-new-media-embraces-them.php “After running a clip of the offending segment, which originally ran Dec. 5, she said, "This apparently was very offensive to a lot of Asian people. So I asked Judy, who's Asian and works here in our hair and makeup department. I said, 'Was it offensive to you?' And she said, 'Well, kinda. When I was a kid people did tease me by saying ching-chong.” According to peoples magazine. Asian-American activist and groups Asian-American activist Daniel C. Tsang says he and Don Kao an activist from New York” organized the first gathering of gay and lesbian Asians at the first National Third World Lesbian and Gay Conference at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in October, 1979, the same weekend as the first gay March on Washington.” http://asianamericanactivism.tumblr.com According to asianamericancancersupportcenter.comAsian American cancer support group The Asian American Cancer Support Network (AACSN) was founded in July 2003. http://aacsn.org/about-us/ The Asian American movement –According to the deptswashiington.edu “The Asian American movement that promoted this new identity-- which initially united Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino Americans, and then expanded to include Koreans, Southeast and South Asians, and Pacific Islanders-- was driven largely by student activists radicalized by anti-Vietnam war and black power movements.” http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/aa_intro.htm
Cierra Anthony 80 / 100 313-358-7056 Cierra.Anthony@wayne.edu Wheelchair Experience Feature Article October 20, 2015 Wheelchair Woes Wayne State University Students Experience life as a handicap person Journalism print major at Wayne State University, Paris Giles says she was nervous this morning as she rode around Meijer’s grocery store on eight mile and Woodward on a scooter that is used for handicap individuals. The 25-year-old senior says she had an assignment in her race, gender and culture class that required her to go to a mall or a major store and ride around on a scooter or a wheelchair, so she could experience the life of a handicap person. Giles says there were no wheelchairs available so she had to use a scooter. “I really just had to look around for them, but they were near the front and pretty easy to get to,” says Giles “I used a scooter “but there were only a couple by the time I got up there, so I felt a little funny using one in case someone actually needed one. They were also a little hard getting the hang of operating it,” says Giles. Giles says she was really nervous, because she didn’t want any negative attention from the staff or the customers. “ I was going to limp or try to act as if I was in need of a wheelchair or a scooter, but I just tried to be low-key, which made me nervous, because I did not want anyone to see me walking normal than get on the scooter,” says Giles. “I didn't want to be put on display or be the center of attention. I must admit I also didn't want to be embarrassed by people thinking that I needed a wheelchair. I didn't want the negative reactions.” Giles says the staff was not fazed by her being in a scooter, but one of them did help her with an item she wanted. “They were pretty unfazed actually. One lady did ask me if I needed assistance getting a box of Frosted Flakes off the top shelf, so that was nice. I really couldn't reach it, and I had to fight the urge to just say 'forget this' and stand up and get it, so she was right on time,” says Giles.” Giles says “initially” she did not know how to operate the scooter, but after a little time she said she figured it out. “ I only bumped into a few things,” says Giles “It took a bit of time getting the reverse function down and cornering the scooter. But it was worked properly from what I could tell.” Giles says this experience changed her outlook on life. “Well, it did give me a greater appreciation for what handicapped people go through. I realized that for some people this is not just a silly class assignment, its life,” says Giles “I learned that we take things for granted. We don't miss what we have until it's gone. I know it's cliché, but it's so true.”
Cierra Anthony CierraAnthony@wayn.edu 313-358-7056 October 6, 2015 Multi-Source Objective News Cultural and gender experience Indian-American woman speaks about her cultural and gender experience SOUTHFIELD—Internal medicine doctor at St. Johns Providence Hospital speaks on her experience as an Indian-American woman, with an African-American boyfriend and a strict traditional father. Svreet Kaur say’s she was raised in a culture where the parents would invest more into the boys than the girls. “Indian family value boys” says Kaur “not only do the boys carry on the name but they think that the boy will take care of them when they are sick and when they are old.” According to VOA.com “Girls are considered a liability, bringing financial pressure on the mother and father. That is because the parents have to give a dowry, usually money or property, to the family of the girl’s husband.” Kaur say’s “Once the girls get married they will have to take care of their new family, leaving her own family behind so the girl will no longer be a part of her own family anymore so the girl’s parents will not invest in her.” “There’s this big unfortunate aspect of the society that’s especially among the poor and the low socioeconomic status people, says Kaur “they are heavy on female feticide.” According to PubMed.gov “female feticide is a selective abortion of female fetuses,” and “Aborting female fetuses is both practical and socially acceptable in India.” “There’s a big percentage of people who will kill their babies once they find out the baby’s a girl, “ says Kaur “ There are actually doctors who will help kill the babies.” Kaur says that ultrasound is illegal for finding out the sex of the baby, because of female feticide. Kaur says if she were still living in India she would not be the same person, she would not be a doctor and she would not be in a relationship with an African-American man. Kaur says her and her boyfriend Chukwudy Mbagwu met their first semester at American University of Caribbean’s as medical students. Kaur says her mother and her aunt knew about Mbagwu and they was fine with him, but her father did not know about him. “ I did not tell my father about Chukwudy for five years, because I was afraid of his reaction, but once he started sending me emails about potential men in my area that I could date, I felt I had to tell him,” says Kaur. “ When I told my father about my boyfriend he was upset and he told me he do not like the fact that he is black,” says Kaur “There are 20 Indian women in this world who are married to a black man and I will not be the father of one.” She said when her father said that it brought tears to her eyes. “ “ That’s when I realized that it was not about me it was about him and how he would look as an Indian man to other Indian family and friends.” “Chukwudy family is very open to our relationship, they love me and I love them,” says Kaur “the only issue I had with his mother and father was, the fact that they were trying to get me to convert to Catholicism, and I told them that I would go to church with him and I will give our future children the option to choose if they want to be Catholic or not, but I wont force them. Kaur says once her and Mbagwu sat his parents down and told them that she was not going to convert they were ok with their decision. Kaur says after months of talking to her mother her father is currently trying to come around to the idea of meeting her boyfriend and his family, he agreed to have dinner with Mbagwu and his family.