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MIT21A_218JS10_q11 - Questions on Malamud Takaki Biolsi Zia...

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Questions on Malamud, Takaki, Biolsi, Zia, Article XIX, Gould, Ferber, Cosgrove, Ortiz Cofer, Moraga 1. Malamud’s “The Jewbird” is fiction. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using fiction to explore and discuss race and ethnicity, as opposed to social science non-fiction? 2. Takaki states that “American” has been defined as “white” (p. 53). Discuss. 3. Takaki also says that there is an intensifying racial crisis in America. What do you think? 4. During the conquest of Ireland by England, the English called the Irish “savages” before they applied that label to people elsewhere in the world. If you can, discuss some of the consequences of the colonization of Ireland (Takaki p. 57). 5. Discuss why some parents refuse to teach their children their native language, believing this to be the way their children will be able to speak perfect English. (Zia) 6. Biolsi distinguishes between Native Americans seen as a minority in the U.S. and Native Americans seen as belonging to nations colonized by Europeans. How is the struggle of Native American activists “not the same fight” as the struggles of other victims of oppression in America?
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