AMIND 440 Blog Posts.docx - BLOG 1 For our first discussion blog please introduce yourself to the class by telling us who you are where you're from what

AMIND 440 Blog Posts.docx - BLOG 1 For our first discussion...

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BLOG 1: For our first discussion blog, please introduce yourself to the class by telling us who you are, where you're from, what year you are at SDSU, what your major is, and what your interests/hobbies are. Then please tell us why you decided to take this course and what you hope to learn/achieve through this course. Lastly, please discuss your reactions to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk. What points from her talk stood out to you? Why do you think we're beginning our American Indian Studies course with this video? Or, in other words, how do you think this talk might relate to our course or serve as a lens through which we can approach the subject matter? Hello, my name is Cassidy Lamphear. I’m from a small town in Northern California called Vacaville. I grew up in Vacaville all of my life and only moved houses once when I was two years old. I’m in my last year at San Diego State University and my major is electrical engineering. I usually do not get much free time with the major that I have. In the small amount of free time that I do have I’m usually working unfortunately. But, when I’m not working, I like to hang out with friends at the beach, on hikes, or going out for appetizers and/or drinks. Any chance I get more than 3 days off I try to go up to Vacaville and visit my younger brother who still lives there. I also enjoy running; I’m planning on running a 10k in November. I chose to take this course because it sounded interesting. I hope to learn more about American Indians since we aren’t taught a lot about this subject matter in history courses growing up. As I watched the TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I was very surprised. I couldn’t believe that she wrote as a child as if she grew up in the United Kingdom. The fact she pictured blonde hair and blue-eyed children and craved ginger beer even though she was from Nigeria. She only read about those things, not experienced them. That shows the true power of books. She wrote this way because all of the books Chimamanda read were British books. It must have been strange coming to America and everyone thinking that she was from somewhere so much different than here, when in reality she grew up almost the exact same way. I was surprised that Chimamanda even admitted that she has even fallen into the trap of a single story. I think it’s important that she makes it clear that one story can create a warped idea of someone or a community as a whole. Having multiple stories change that warped idea, many stories are important. I think this is TED talk is a perfect start to AMIND 440 because opens the door to the curiosity of other stories there are about American Indians. It challenges the one single sided story that Americans have been taught in grade school, starting with settlers coming to America. Now I’m curious to learn the other side, how the story is told from the American Indians being disrupted by the settlers.
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Hello AMIND 440, my name is Marina Frost. I am from a small town called Folsom outside of Sacramento, California and I am currently a senior at San Diego State. My major is Business
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