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Professor Victor Bascara Asian American Studies 40 2 December 2015 Journal Entry A big issue about Asian American gamers is brought up by Josephine Lee in the reading, as she states that Asian Americans imitate “Orientalized” stereotypes as a result of internalizing cultural oppression. Asian Americans are then ideologically brainwashed rather than consciously deciding or choosing who they want to be. Adding onto that concern, Thomas Foster also points out that the desire for machines often becomes difficult to distinguish from the desire to be a machine and vice versa. Another issue brought up in the next chapter is the issue of gangs, as the Cambodian youth often involve themselves in gangs in order to assimilate and assert their masculinity. Ultimately, Cambodian youths desire to be American, which is a huge issue as this
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Unformatted text preview: desire should not be leading Cambodian kids to such a wrong way of living. My ques³on about Asian Americans and their involvement with gaming that I feel was not brought up is why the appeal to gaming seems to be so apparent on Asians in our culture now, as I look around at my friends and peers at UCLA. I ´nd that most of the people I talk to that enjoy gaming are Asian, and not so much of other cultures and I would like to know why; does it have anything to do with our roots and the way that our ancestors had lived their lives before us? My ques³on for Foster is, why do we desire to be machines? Why aren’t we content with our lives as humans? Finally, is there a way for us to point the Cambodian youths away from gangs and help them to be true Americans, to guide them from their faulty percep³ons?...
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