Along with being opposites this statement also gives insight into the differing

Along with being opposites this statement also gives

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Along with being opposites, this statement also gives insight into the differing view of masculinity brown boys are exposed to. Being brown as a form of protest masculinity means modifying the dominant ideas and concepts that are attached to the western interpretation of what it means to be a man. This modification has been made by the young brown boys because of the marginalized position they experience as an Indo- Canadian (Frost, 2010). The internalization of their marginalism in western society is mentioned by Frost, here she explains how a brown boy goes about proving his manhood, when society around him has denied him this right based on cultural vulnerability: “using their limited resources, resorting to excessively macho behaviours and hypermasculine practices including violence, criminal activity and drug and/or alcohol abuse.” (Frost, 2010, p. 221). When comparing the experiences of both the Filipinx and brown youth, I found a
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commonality in that stereotyping prevented both groups from feeling a sense of inclusion. For example, Frost explains the term “postmemory” as an experience had by children that is an interpretation of their parents own agony and hardships passed on through stories (Pratt, 2005). Even if in an ideal world these children felt complete cultural inclusion and belonging, they would still be affected and influenced through the experiences of their parents. This proves how long of an impact stereotyping can have even on different generations. Just as the Filipinx youth experienced discrimination, the same is true for the brown boys. They negotiate the “Surrey Jack” stereotype through adapting.
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