Week Six Update

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This week we have been thinking about the way that different cultures are visible in the United States through performance, architecture, art, music, and language. I’ve asked each of you to come to class on Friday with a one-paragraph description of a way that your home culture is visible in the United States.

Once again, I would like to thank the visitors that joined us in Monday’s class.  Aki, Shirley, and Kristen gave a wonderful performance of the little known Japanese performance art, Zeni Daiko. Before the performance, Aki shared the history of her family’s experience in the Japanese Internment Camps, giving us a better sense of what we saw in the documentary “Rabbit in the Moon.” Aki told us how her father taught her zeni daiko as a girl and what it means to her to perform it for other people today.

Here are two videos of the Diablo Taiko group at the 2012 Summer Festival:

1. A performance of Zeni Daiko: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPFGOzow3FM

2. A Taiko Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ZarvHlGm8

Here are some links for the topics we discussed in Wednesday’s class.

1. The link to The New American’s website that I asked you to explore before class: New Americans

The New Americans

2. The link to the short You Tube video on “The Great Wall of LA”: Great Wall of LA

 Great_Wall_of_LA

3. The link to the New York Times website’s interactive “Immigration Explorer”: Immigration Explorer

Immigration Explorer

4. The link to the PBS Faces of America “Becoming American” program: Faces of American: Becoming American

Becoming American

In Friday’s class you will be turning in the last journal entry, the one-paragraph description of a way that your culture appears in public here in the US, and the group questions we will complete in class.

Your final group project packets are due in class on Monday.

The two-page Reflective Letter is due in class on Wednesday. Please see the assignment page for more details on the Reflective Letter.

In Friday’s class you will be turning in the last journal entry, the one-paragraph description of a way that your culture appears in public here in the US, and the group questions we will complete in class.

Your final group project packets are due in class on Monday.

The two-page Reflective Letter is due in class on Wednesday. Please see the assignment page for more details on the Reflective Letter.

 

 

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