Go out with a bang!

I feel as though I should add one last final blog entry before the end of the quarter for fun, so here it is…

All and all, this entire quarter we have focused on the migration and integration of Asians, as well as, Asian Americans within society.  We have read many different novels and articles that all comment in one way or another on the events and controversies that Asian Americans have faced throughout history, as well as, the present day.  We saw in the very beginning in “Flight Paths” the virtual game like story that follows Yocub (Mohammad Iyez) on his path to a new life. However, this story introduced a major controversy of the mistreatment and corrupted world that migrant workers face. Yocub tried so hard to achieve a better life and obtain work, however, he finds it is out of reach for him and many other migrant workers, that traveled so far to obtain a better life, but ended up gaining nothing much better then what they had before.  To keep things short, the character transformed throughout this virtual story and we were able to view and analyze this change.  This concept of change and finding ones identity, or new life, is a common theme throughout many of the readings assigned in this class. For example, in “Asians”, by John Kuo Wei Tchen, He defined the term Asian, as well as, introduced the historical view of Asians and the concept of the TO map that allowed us to see historically the change of Asians on a larger world view.

Moving forward, we also began to intertwine gender inequality within our course, the comic “Parallel Penny” – one of my favorites – did a great job criticizing the stereotypes and gender issues within China, as well as, brought to attention the transnational adoption program which again brings us back to this concept of migration throughout the world.

At this point in the course I began to notice how corrupted, and confusing, this concept of identity really is.  How the migration of people from specifically Asian countries complicates how they begin to identify themselves, and how others identify them as well.

We further our research in the course by reading things like “The Third and Final Continent” (Interpreter of Maladies) by Jhumpa Lahiri and “Vietnamerica” by GB Tran that illustrated the transformation and understanding of Asian Americans, also allowed us to see the generational differences within Asian American families. These two readings allowed us as the readers to gain a better sense of what it is like coming to America.  After reading these two stories I began to have a better understanding of the Asian American identity.  What i came to realize is that it is not a simple black and white concept, it is much more personal for each individual.  GB Tran’s “Vietnamerica” especially, illustrates the identity difference of someone born in America and someone who migrated here. We learned from his story as someone born in America, whose parents were born in Vietnam, what it takes to truly understand your identity.

Which made me realize that a huge issue with society tends to be the way people are labeled. It creates stereotypes and misconceptions of people all over the world.

In conclusion, my main point of this blog entry was to express how because of this class my understanding of migration and identity of others, and even myself, has become more clear, but complicated at the same time.  Complicated because the identity of a person isn’t so black and white, but clear because now I see that the concept of migration and history have a large influence on how one can begin to identify themselves, as well as, understand the world around them and why things are the way they are. My question for you now is, did this course change the way you identify yourself within society?


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