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Professor Victor Bascara Asian American Studies 40 24 November 2015 Journal Entry A big issue raised in the reading about the war on terrorism is the characterization of the battle being for “civilization.” Though this acknowledges the heterogeneity of Muslim practices, the main goal is to eliminate the forces of terror which are associated with the Middle East. Another major issue presented in the reading was the redeployment of old Orientalist tropes. In the past, the United States had a lot of fears of internal and external threats to the togetherness of the nation. As a result, the nation identifies in opposition to those who are labelled “foreigners.” The major issue of today, as the reading also brings up, is that there is a broad category for the “loyal American,” but a very rigid category for those who are deemed to be potential terrorists, specifically Sikh men who are religiously mandated to wear turbans. This is an issue as our
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Unformatted text preview: nation has created a fear of a collective people group, rather than just terrorists alone. An issue I believe should be discussed is the issue of the morality of the fear we as Americans hold against terrorists. I understand why we have such a great fear of terrorists due to our history, but I don’t think its discussed often enough if our fear is rational or fair to the people groups that we have friction with today. Another issue I believe that has not truly been clarified is the fact of what is deemed to be “normal” Americans, because it appears that there is so much opposition to “aliens,” or people groups that aren’t normal, but then what makes them not normal? Who defines them, and on what criteria do they deem them to be judged? Finally, the largest question I have is the question of why America has to face all of these terrorist attacks, why do so many people hate America, and what can we do to make peace with the world?...
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  • Spring '12
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  • Asian American Studies, major issue, Professor Victor Bascara, old Orientalist tropes

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