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Sociology reading - Optional Ethnicities For Whites Only Question for the Portfolio Reading Set Due Date Monday June 6 2005 Context In her article

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Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only? Question for the Portfolio Reading Set Due Date: Monday June 6, 2005 Context: In her article, “Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?,” Mary Waters argues that ethnicity is socially constructed (not biologically determined) in two distinct forms: either as “symbolic” or “oppositional” identities. Water argues symbolic identity is a matter of choice. Initially, one is assimilated as an American; then, one chooses an ethnicity, and culture--an identity is added on to, or hyphenated with one’s American identity. However, Waters claims that non-whites do not have this form of identity available to them: symbolic ethnicity is a form of white privilege--a freedom limited to white Americans to construct multiple identities. Question: Write an essay that analyzes Waters’s argument regarding the “option” to claim ethnicity. Evaluate the experiences of ethnic identities in the writings of Liu, Laurino, and either Ortiz Cofer, or Jen. Your essay should summarize Waters’s argument and her key terms. Then, you should apply her argument to the other authors. Develop your own position evaluating Waters’s idea by examining and analyzing the experiences of the authors: Do their struggles to define their identities operate within the framework that Waters describes; Do their struggles to define themselves operate in ways that complicate Waters’s position; or, Do they define themselves in ways that operate completely different from the manner that Waters’s position describes?
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University of Massachusetts/Boston Writing Proficiency Evaluation Portfolio Reading Set The Portfolio should be submitted on June 6, 2005 no later than 5:00 P.M at the Writing Proficiency Office, Campus Center 2/2100. Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only? Articles reprinted by permission 1. Waters, Mary. “Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?” Origins and Destinies: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in America. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1996. 2. Liu, Eric. “Notes of a Native Speaker.” The Accidental Asian. New York: Random House, 1998. 3. Laurino, Maria. “Scents.” Were You Always an Italian. New York: Norton , 2000. 4. Cofer, Judith Ortiz. “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria.” The Latin Deli. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1993. 5. Jen, Gish. “An Ethnic Trump.” The New York Times Magazine , July 7, 1996. Notes: 1) Please check our website ( http://www.umb.edu/academics/wpr/) for the dates and times of the Writing Proficiency Workshops for the June 2005 Portfolio. The workshops will focus on strategies for developing a thesis, organizing an argument, and analyzing the reading sets. 2)
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