Week 5 (2011): Identity Contruction

Greetings, My AP Babies!

This week’s discussion focuses on the journey towards self-discovery as we look inward and consider the construction of our own identity.  Specifically, recall Cristina’s experiences in Spanglish and consider how those experiences differ from or resemble your own.

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Select and Respond to at Least 3 of the Following Discussion Questions–  (source:  www.tolerance.org)

  1. Describe Cristina’s childhood experience of cultural boundaries.   How did she respond to these boundaries? How would she respond differently now? What might have happened to cause her to write about these experiences?
  2. Have you ever been made fun of because of a cultural trait, such as your home language or traditional clothing or food? Describe the experience.
  3. Have you ever made fun of someone — or witnessed others doing so — because of a cultural trait? Describe the experience.
  4. What situations can you think of that force or encourage people to give up parts of their identity? Explain.
  5. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of Cristina’s college application essay? What did you like about it?  What parts (if any) should she have left out? Be Specific.
  6. How has witnessing Cristina’s experience made you feel about your own college preparation experience?  Explain.
That’s all for now.  Your original response post is due by 10:00pm, Wednesday, September 14th. Your response to at least two of your classmates’ posts is due by 10:00pm, Sunday, September 18th.As always, I’m here if you need me…

Love,

Mrs. S

185 thoughts on “Week 5 (2011): Identity Contruction

  1. 2. There has been a time in my life where I have been made fun of for my culture by others,although it wasn’t serious so I wasn’t offended. One time at school I stated out loud that I couldn’t wait for lunch because I was so hungry, and my Asian friend said “Yeah I bet, It’s fried chicken day” . I knew he had only said it to be funny, so I didn’t make any kind of deal about the situation. I just laughed about it and never thought anything else of it. I dont think I can recall any time I was made fun of for a cultural trait where the person intended to hurt me or make me feel bad, but I have seen it done to others many times.

    3. When i was in middle school,I witnessed multiple occasions where people made fun of others because of cultural traits. my classmates would mock the African students by trying to make random clicking noises with their tongues ,then say “I was speaking in your language so you can understand me better” before breaking out into hysterical laugher. I never thought that it was funny,because I always knew that the African students were very offended. It somewhat upset me to know that my classmates were that insensitive and ignorant.

    4. A situation I can think of that would cause someone to give up their cultural identity would be that person trying to adapt to a new environment. Like someone from another country coming here to go to school or work at a job,they might try to adapt to american cultures and customs by dressing the way we dress,or grooming themselves the way we do instead of wearing the clothes and garments they would in their native country.

    • Seeing students getting teased because of their culture upsets me at times, too. I’m usually the person to speak out and say that its wrong, but you know, it really is just ignorance and immaturity. This IS America for Christ’s sake. Are you really gonna make fun of every person who has different values and beliefs than you do?

    • I too have witnessed someone being made fun of who was african kacey, and your so right.. how could they be so insensitive? before anything, we are people..so why cant we get along?

    • 4) I agree with what you’re saying. It didn’t come across my mind that someone changing how they dress or even how they groom themselves would be a form of giving up their cultural identity. That’s what I call “thinking outside the box.”

    • Kacey,
      I’m glad your ears have never felt the sting of stereotypical scrutiny in reference to yourself;but also take heed to cultural stigmas when they arise; if your allow one person to intentionally inferiorate your character,you open the door for another to unnecessarily adjudicate you ;possibly defame your character;and unknowingly decree superiority over you.

    • Kacey,i partially empathize with your response to number 2.Just imagine being racially profiled by your color.Most people automatically think that i’m afro-american when they dont even know my ethnic background. It’s very annoying to me and other people that know my struggle

    • @kacey If someone said something to me about a “fried Chicken day” then I would be upset because that is stereotypical. Not all black people eat fried chicken and then again its not just black that eat fried chicken.

    • I completely agree with your number 4. I remember I met a chinese girl this summer who had just moved from china 4 years ago. She told everyone to call her Tina. She wouldn’t even tell us her real name because she said, “It’s too hard to pronounce.”

    • You should have said yea its Mongolian chicken day. I always think people should say be true to who you are no matter what. Adapting is cool as long as you are still who you are.

    • 3.) I have witnessed and made fun of people because of their culteral being ( language, dress, acent). In 3rd grade their was this indian boy and he talked very funny. Everyday someone made fun of the way he talked. I thought it was funny so I went along with my friends and ridculed him. At the time I wasn’t thinking and it made me feel good. He really didn’t show emotion as to if it affected him and the teacher never really said anything, she laughed sometimes with us. Now that I watched Christina’s experience and I know right from wrong I feel bad because I wouldn’t want anyone doing that to me.

      4) A situation that I can think of that will force someone to give up their identity is when people of that race are being looked at as terriorist, beggers or even peer pessure. At times if you are constantly reminded that you act a certain way distinct from others, you start to get fed up and want it to stop so you change. You want to feel acccepted so you act like the people that you associate yourself with. You wouldn’t want to characterized as what those people portray because you aren’t like that but if that’s what people think theirs no changing that. You would have to consider changing so that you fit it.

      6) Witnessing Cristina’s experience made me feel that it doesn’t matter where you come from, if you believe you can achieve. People are going to stereotype you or talk about you no matter what but at the end of the day you have to ignore them and get where you need to go because they can’t do it for you and they will always be there. Proving people wrong is the key. As far as my process I just have to keep my faith and do what I have to do. I need to be serious about my education and keep my oppertunities wide

  2. 1.) The movie was most definitely a when-worlds-collide. Fortunately, Christina arrived in America “illegally”(putting quotes for the sake of argument to anyone who has strong beliefs on “illegal immigration”) at a very young age. As far as I can remember (the movie didn’t hold much replay value or memorable moments), Cristina grew up in a Californian barrio until her mother found a typical Mexican immigrant job.
    Eventually, the mom’s job led both females to live with the rich white folks near the coast. Cristina was apparently stupefied, dumbfounded, discombobulated or what have you. She reacted normally like anyone else would, crossing the tense line between two different cultures and two social classes. She got used to it though!
    How she would respond now? Assuming that you meant how she would respond after getting into _insert ivy league__ here___. She would probably look at it with nostalgia and a some frivolousness. I can’t call it. Her character personality was flat and hypothetically she could respond in a surprising way. Her character didn’t reveal so much as to making her seem unpredictable.

    *Cristina’s mother was Mexican to the root, but Cristina still had a perfect English accent even before she met the white fam. lol

    2.) Of course I have. I can think of plenty of times this occured by friends, enemies, strangers, frienemies. All of which were either die-hard hilarious, stereotypical , just plain stupid or a combination of the three. It’s happened enough times to where I can’t think of a specific situation where a cultural jab on me was actually memorable, not including my bad memory. There have been instances where a friend and someone I just met called me a r4pe baby because of my Filipino heritage. I’m not gonna explain the connection between being a r4pe baby and being Filipino. If you don’t know the history, research it yourself. Believe me, we’re not the only country who has been exploited by many technologically advanced nations. My home language is English, but I can bet your bottom dollar that some radical Iranian is in his cave now mocking at the way I say “woman”.

    3.) Yes and yes shamelessly. The term “making fun of” literally means making fun of. I have no problem with humoring myself and my friends with stereotypes. I know not everyone categorized in a certain group doesn’t always act upon the stereotypes that group may present. If you do it all the time(or just making fun of any people all the time), that’s annoying as $&%^ and it starts to get more and more JADED. It’s also a sign of your insecurities being projected onto others. I see black people, white people, yellow people, purple people make fun of each other all the time to make themselves feel better, may it be implicit or explicit. Especially in these times, with our generation is the best time to be a cynic. Don’t go to a job interview with stereotypical intentions or be annoying in school with that unless you’re a sadomasochist. There’s always a time for play and a time for business. Unfortunately, some people don’t know how to decipher those two, even though I must admit they both have some of the same elements.

    4.) To give up who you are is to know who you are in the first place. An inquiry I pose to all of you is whether or not you are making the choices you truly want to make. In disregards to its negative connotation, giving up your identity is always a virtuous thing under my principles to separate yourself from the media and press when presenting information to the public. Now-a-days, people will believe whatever the media tells them and are easily influenced by people’s opinions on the media.
    This is almost a difficult question for me because I’m getting ahead of myself and connecting the idea of identity with quantum mechanics. (Succinctly, your identity is just a derivation from a subjective projected reality and blah blah blah)

    Making carnal desires a top priority kills people. And I don’t always mean literally. Essentially, when people are given enough freedom or power, they often choose decisions too impetuously. Self-destruction without thought is losing yourself. Not following your dream for a 401k or making decisions from fear of not being safe are precedent to losing your identity. Being raised in a childhood by immoral, tyrannical or careless parents may have forced somebody to be an entirely different person they wanted to be. Having your entire generation wiped out or even being homeless forces you to lose your identity. If a homeless man died right now, how many people do you honestly think would care? How many do you think genuinely knew this person besides himself(if he hasn’t already lost his mind in complete commitment to strictly surviving). How many times have you looked in the mirror and honestly said, “I am living the life I want.”

    5.) The essay was presented in bits and pieces during the movie and I get easily bored, so I’ll judge her essay based on the meaning of the movie.
    I’m rating this a 0/10 just to be a contrarian.
    I liked that the essay wasn’t some sob story. That’s too gushy and if I had to judge essay applications, I would trash any paper that’s supposed to make me feel bad. Cristina was very honest and gave a brave reverse psychological,”If you don’t accept me, whatever.” at the end of the movie. She probably shouldn’t have said so much about her mom. Cristina’s character was so annoying and was such a bad actress….BUT I won’t get into that lolol. (The white wife cheater sucked.)

    6.) It didn’t affect me too much. I never planned on giving a sob story. I have no sob story.

    • I wholeheartedly agree with your “making fun of” statement. I feel that if you get offended by something I say, then it’s because you think you are whatever I said. But if you disagree and realize, “Oh it’s just a stereotype.” and laugh then you know that you are better than the racist thoughts society has placed on your ethnicity. But like you said, there is a time and place for everything.

  3. 3. I have witnessed people being made fun of because of the way they smelled or dressed. When I was in middle school there was this girl and she always smelled and I was tired of people talking about her so I pulled her to the side and whispered in her ear that she should start using more deodorant or something. She told everyone that I told her she stank and had everyone coming up to me. So I went home and told my mom what had happened and she said it is something that her family cooks with and that it comes out of her pours. I didn’t really believe her so she went and brought the seasoning and let me smell it.
    4. Some of the situations that I think forces people to give up or encourage them to give up their identities. Would be things that happened to them in the past and they hold on to it forever instead of having faith in God. Or if someone else did something similar and didn’t turn out well it would encourage them to do something else. Instead of just giving it a try.
    6. Cristina’s experience has shown me no matter where you come from don’t follow the stereotypes that everyone has for you. Prove to others that just because you come from somewhere else doesn’t mean you are not as smart as everyone else. It just means that you learned in a different way than they did. It also taught me never to give up keep trying until I can’t anymore.

    • I am going to need you to change your name. At least make it relevant to your name or something everyone knows you by. Please and thank you in advance.
      *pores Was she Indian.? Because a lot of Indian spices have that affect.?

    • R4pe baby? That is painful. Never in my life could i see anyone being called the resolution of r4pe. I am never in my life considered the word frenemy, but i think you used it well.lol.But I do understand the stereotypes.People think that just because of my Jamaican background that I should have 2 jobs.Even though I do (lol), it’s something based on my culture. In my family, we believe that having more then one job expresses balance and responsibility.But most

  4. 2. Every year I am made fun of with African stereotypes cause of my African decent. The most memorable though was back in ninth grade. I was in the gym and a bunch of other students came began making fun of me because I was African. The whole group was taking turns and just laughing at me. I began to get angry but I walked away to cool down. I thought to myself and I figured that it wasn’t worth it to say anything after all they were being ignorant.

    3. I have never actually made fun of some because of their cultural traits but have seen others do it. They mock teachers from other countries including the substitutes. They mock how they say certain things and to be honest I can’t help but laugh also. They mock these teachers and subs not caring at all. Then they proceed by using stereotypes and using the stereotypes to compliment the way they mock them.

    4. Trying to fit in definitely is a way to force you to lose your identity. For example if someone moved to a new school some people tend to put up a façade trying to fit in. They do things that they usually wouldn’t such acting out in class, being rude or stuck up, and things of that nature. Moving to a different school always tends to do that.

    • 2. I’m sorry you had to endure that. But that’s America, fueled on stereotypes. And most stereotypes are formed from the ignorance of man. But here’s a question regarding your 9th grade experience, How do you know those guys were making fun of you because of their ignorance? Maybe they were envious or just doing it out of spite.

      • @raheem Thats a good question I never thought about it that way but I believe it was ignorance because they were going around the gym making fun of everyone

    • Daniel, you did the right thing by walking away and not saying anything even though you wanted to. If you would’ve said something that would’ve escalated to something else.

    • Omg daniel, you are so right about kids mocking the subs! On my bus one time, this substitute was…well he sounded muslim or something.. but anyway the kids started making fun of him..asking if sadam hussein was his brother and other kids were like, “yall better stop beffore he bombs the bus” i was thinkng.. how ignorant can you be. So i defiantely know what you mean by that reference!

    • I’ve seen the mocking foreign teachers thing happen too many times. Its really aggravating when most of the time the foreign teachers are the ones trying their hardest to teach and get the class to learn.and all the students can say is “Can you speak english???” . Most of the time their accents aren’t even that strong, the students are just being rude and ignorant for the laughs. Such a shame.

    • I have always seen you as one of our top Soccer players. You just seem like you can play soccer. I’m not trying to stereotype you. Even thoe i know that’s what it seems like.

    • @Daniel
      It’s ok just keep pushing forward as you have been doing. Has it ever occured to you that the people that are made fun of in the future wind up being the most successful? Just think about it….

  5. Have you ever been made fun of because of a cultural trait, such as your home language or traditional clothing or food? Describe the experience. Yes, there has been a situation where I’ve been made fun of for just being black. Lets be honest, When people look at black people (mainly males) they don’t expect us to amount to anything until I say that I play piano. that’s when their expression changes. I think the judgement is over until I hear, “Oh you must play jazz?” So you assume if I’m black and play piano its automatically jazz? NO! Its Classical! I try not to let it get to me as much but, it does make me SMDH in shame.

    How has witnessing Cristina’s experience made you feel about your own college preparation experience? Explain. Watching her experience made me stop procrastinating. It reminded me of the “You Can Go” videos. How you can still go to college no matter what experiences you’ve been through. I was one the people asking questions about the movie, unsure about if it was actually the Hispanic girl going to college. Now I know, no matter the background its possible for anyone.

    What situations can you think of that force or encourage people to give up parts of their identity? Explain. Being involved in the performing arts I always hear that there is a time and place for everything. How I act with my friends is not how I act at a performance. I’m a playful person, I enjoy having fun but, business is business. I believe in showing class when your at a performance. People would look at me and assume that I’m less if I’m up being playful and informal. So, if my children were to ever be involved in the same things that I’m involved in, I would encourage them to do the exact same.

    • I feel you Vicorie, minus the piano incident. I’m 6’2 and they expect that I’m automatically on the basketball. “Well you should,” they say. “I’m in the band,” I reply. “Oh, you must play that big instrument, the tuba!” Stuff like that is just idiocracy and you just have to see past that, but I’m sure you already see past that dark cloud known as the ignorant mind.

      • Idiocracy? I like your fancy word talk, but you used the word wrong, 🙁 unless you were using that word as a metaphor and an allusion to the movie “Idiocracy”(which is a quirky dystopian film you can watch for free online if anyone’s concerned).
        And by the way that dark cloud known as the ignorant mind hovers around more omnipresent than you would think.

    • (1) Well, Vicorie, that’s stereotypes for you. The only thing I can suggest is not to let to get to you to tough or let it be your drive because it can lead to ruts down the way. Just keep doing things your way, at your own pace and hopefully it can help to raise new standards in the ways of thinking.

    • @Corie….So true!…Not much is expected of African American males so they tend to use that that as a excuse or crutch to settle for less. Glad to know you don’t. Keep up the good work mister!

  6. Sigh, late again. Hard to keep up with this…

    2) I have been made fun of because of the way I speak. I was a very proper child to be in the 5th grade and a lot of people didn’t understand some of the things I said. I still get made fun of sometimes because I have a small country accent. I’ve also picked up some of the ways I speak from friends so my accents change fromk time to time. But to be honest, I like being different. It sets me apart from other people. I like my individuality.

    3) I’ve never made fun of because of my culture but I have witnessed it a few times. This girl didn’t speak much English and she’d just moved here. Kids would laugh at her because we had to get another kid to translate for her and she never understood. Honestly, she was a really sweet person but she ended up leaving the school because of the verbal abuse.

    4) I think people give up their identities to fit in because they just don’t want to be the outcast or they can’t handle the verbal abuse. Personally, I believe that you should love who you are and what you are. Different is always a refreshing thing to see.

    • I definitely agree, Carnecia. Different IS a refreshing thing to see. I sometimes wonder what the world would be like if everyone was the exact same. In my opinion, anyway, life would be quite boring.

    • Carnecia, reading number one, was like reading a scene from my life. Of course, Clayton County was predominantly white when I was smaller. When it started to become predominantly black, (around 5th grade) that’s when people started making fun of me for speaking properly. It was always, “Why she talk like that?” Also, for some words, (specifically words with ‘I”s) you can hear my southern accent that I inherited from my father’s side of the family. Then, I hear someone repeating the word that I said and laughing. I agree with individuality being important to in the world that sets stereotypes for each race. So what if I ‘talk’ properly, I’m setting a standard and going against slang. My accent is mine, and I love it; plain and simple.

    • I have trouble keeping up with the blogs too, lol. But I know how you feel about being made fun of for the way you speak. I’ve experienced that a few times as well. It was either that, or being made fun of because i use “big words” -__- .

    • I guess many people do give up their identities to be with a certain group and fit in. I never understood why everybody express their individuality freely. Different truly is refreshing to see.

  7. 2) Have i ever been made fun of because of cultural traits? Yes, i have. Im sure everybody has in this universe actually. For the mere reason that, most people are not accpeting to someone else being different from them. As for me, i grew up catholic. My mother sent me to a private catholic school, just as she sent my older brother and sister. Now When she sent them they lived in Philadelphia, so it was more common to see. But as for me, attending a catholic school as a young african american, was not an everyday thing. When i left my catholic school i continued to go to catholic masses, simply beacause thats what i knew best. Going into public school, the kids would ask me… “Why are you catholic? You know your black right?” At that age those questions did have an effect on me, but as i got older i realized not everybody is the same.

    6.) Watching Christina’s college preparation makes me see that not only can i tell who i am, i can tell who i am through my own experiences. before i would just say “oh my name is ..blazae blazae. but now i can say “oh my name is.. blazae blazae because long long ago, in a far away town, a woman was birthed,.. and so on and so forth. Christinas story has left an influencing motivation with me. in conclusion, She told her story through her experiences, and that is what i shall do!

    3.) I have witnessed someone being bullied before. He was a young African boy and just because he was darker than everybody else, they made fun of him. One thing I hate is seeing people being made fun of. We are all human, no matter where we come from, or what color we are. No matter what we study, or who we believe in. Before any of those factors come into play, we have to remember..we are humans first.

    • I absolutely hate it when people are racist, I also hate it just as much when people of the same race tear each other down because of differences in shade. Its ridiculous! If we can’t respect each other why do we expect other people to do it?

  8. @Eric
    I agree with (1),Christina reacted like anyone who is acclimated to a certain lifestyle and thrust into another, which in her situation was a very lavish one, would. She is only human, and although her mother was a very humble woman and stayed true to her culture, we have to keep in mind that Christina was very young when her mother moved them to the U.S and children don’t exactly grasp the concept of humility and etc. Also, Christina attended school in the U.S ever since she was six so she learned English.

  9. @Eric
    I agree with (1),Christina reacted like anyone who is acclimated to a certain lifestyle and thrust into another, which in her situation was a very lavish one, would. She is only human, and although her mother was a very humble woman and stayed true to her culture, we have to keep in mind that Christina was very young when her mother moved them to the U.S and children don’t exactly grasp the concept of humility and etc. Also, Christina attended school in the U.S ever since she was six so she learned English.

    • Assuming that the Californian barrio she inhabited had very good educational programs in teaching children English and living with her mother who strictly spoke Spanish didn’t affect her accent to a strong degree, I would probably agree with you that her learning english in general gave her a precisely rhetorical English accent even though a lot of children in her situation usually still come out with a foreign accent to their English.
      Also, I did say that they came to America while Cristina was at a young age. And you’re right, she didn’t understand the concept of humility but I do not understand what point you were trying to make in her not understand thereof.
      She’s not human btw. She’s an alien according to my white supremacist counterpart standards. 🙂

  10. 1)She was an authentic Mexican; but she was most memorable for her Mexican-American characteristics.Her open attitude and willingness to learn,enabled her to grow not only as a young adult but as an overall American girl.She now has the knowledge of both cultures to excel her through future endeavors and most likely was inspired to write her college entry based on those pivotal moments.
    2)I am an American by force.But Mid-west boy by choice.I have lived in Missouri for 12 years and when I moved to Atlanta no one could grasp my Proper Tongue and Mid-west Twang.I also have a diverse outlook on the world.While growing up in Columbia,St.Louis,and “Political Melting Pot”Jefferson City, you are confronted daily with a variety of cultures which demand a plethora of acceptance,equality,and undying attention.Whereas Southern Folk just want good music and a good meal.JUST KIDDING!!!!
    3)*Truth Game* I have made fun of a surplus number of Hispanics. From the classic “15 in a car” to the “Great swimmers by circumstance” jokes.You name the joke Ive heard it.But I think taking a moment to laugh at each other,in moderation, bring us closer together as a nation and allow us to be more down to earth.
    4)In Layman’s Terms…Getting Out More!!!Seeing the world and immersing yourself in a broad spectrum of cultures require you to have a level of unsinglemindedness and global wisdom.Thus, enhancing your ideological construction and relinquishing some personal attributes in the process.
    5)I enjoyed everything except the ending.I feel her entry essay should have concluded on a happy note instead of the tragic love status of her mother.
    6)I already know what the outline of my college entry essays will be,but it was a nice story and very necessary for simpleminded and culturally ignorant people to view.

    • (3) I agree with that, in theory. I say in theory because jokes, like most other things, depend on the context in with it was used. Jokes are all well and fun until someone gets hurt and usually, jokes like that aren’t used in the lightest of context. And the even bigger problem, is when one can dish out the joke but then can’t take it in the same light and now the fun’s off, so it’s more on being mindful than just being able to laugh at ourselves, I think.

    • @DeAndre you are so funny going back to number 3. You can kind of let that one slide becasue it was a game. It was part of the rules.

  11. (4) Migrating, not visiting, to different countries is definitely a situation in that case. Not unlike Cristina’s case, people that move to these countries (with different ethics and traditions) will cause people to change little tidbits that people wouldn’t normally consider big deals (like something as simple as ordering a a bar) but actually are apart of identity to the natives.

    (5) I, personally, would rate Cristina’s essay a 4 out of 5. It loses that point because of the middle where it becomes a pure retelling of her childhood. Now to some I’m sure that is a great portion to have on potential students but to me it seemed she gets lost in that retelling than providing the traditional what she would aspire to be. The last paragraph was wonderfully written and inspirational but it also seemed to me a little forced with the presentation that she was already convinced with the person she is.

    (6) Cristina’s experience made me want to rethink the type of person I want to exude on paper. I know I’m not the easiest person to get along with and that tends to show up in my writing and I also tend to write so “hard” that I almost always derive the emotion out of it. Cristina’s character is a go-getter and she does replicate that in her paper.

  12. @Kacey Jones Even though your friend was being funny with his comment and he didn’t offend you, someone over hearing could have gotten offened. Even though you didn’t say it and it didn’t hurt you think of who it might have hurt, just from listening in.

  13. @Vicorie – yes people stereotype all the type . They see hispanics & alot of them assume they are all Mexican or when they see a tall black guy , they assume oh basketball player !

    @Bolton – I agree with you . Different is beautiful & its what makes life insteresting . Just like I embrace where Im from , I embrace others too.

  14. 3. My 10th grade year students made fun of my math teacher Mr. Lall because of the way he talked. They would make comments like “how many wives do you have” and they would claim they could never understand him thats why they couldn’t pass. I could understand him well but they kids used where he was from and how he talked as a daily joke.

    4. I think the movie shows a perfect example of being forced to give up parts of someones identity. People mainly feel the need to change themselves when they want to fit in.

    6. I feel like I need to dig deeper and think harder when it comes to my college essay. I enjoyed Christinas essay it was inspiring. Even thogh I am an African- American…I will never know the challenge of balancing the two cultures. So seeing her deal with it kind of gave me an idea of how hard it is.

  15. 3.Have you ever made fun of someone — or witnessed others doing so — because of a cultural trait? Describe the experience.
    A.) Honestly, yes I have I grown up in a country that is full of stereotypes and though its sad those stereotypes come from some level of truth.I would rather not get specific for fear that my naiveness would offend someone…but i will say that as i grow and mature i find it less and less appealing to say something that would be hurtful to a certain ethnic group if they were to hear..just to get a laugh…

    2.Have you ever been made fun of because of a cultural trait, such as your home language or traditional clothing or food? Describe the experience.
    A.) I also have been made fun of especially being Black, in my culture sometimes we show our love by picking fun at others “outta love” but what we dont realize is that sometimes it truely is hurtful and we create a complex about certain issues example being a darker skin tone thats something that in my culture we get hung up on its in our music and in our homes. We are programmed to do certain things and think a certain way but as you grow its up to you to break the pattern and CHANGE.

    4.What situations can you think of that force or encourage people to give up parts of their identity? Explain.
    A.) When you grow up and you start gettting into professional situations and you have to represent yourself a certain way. Those are times when you put away certain parts of your identity that dont fit the situation because when you get into the work force you have to sel your self and your character people have to want to work with you especially if your in the performing arts personalty is everything and sometmes you have to suck it up and be profesional.

  16. What situations can you think of that force or encourage people to give up parts of their identity?
    A situation that could force/encourage a person to give up part of their identity would be a party. You could be a person who doesn’t drink or smoke, but the environment that you’re in and the pressure from your peers could lead you to taking that first sip or hit.

    Have you ever been made fun of because of a cultural trait, such as your home language or traditional clothing or food? Yes I have been made fun of because of a cultural trait, because I am a Muslim people always made jokes about my religion like mispronouncing words like “moozlim, asalamlaika ” it was crazy growing up a Muslim in a predominantly Christian school but it made me stronger as a person and stronger in my faith.

    Have you ever made fun of someone — or witnessed others doing so — because of a cultural trait? Describe the experience.
    On countless occasions Ive witnessed my peers demean others because they were different, there was a time where I was in class and they started ragging on another student cause he talked differently and didn’t hang with them it was sad because he was just his own person and they couldn’t accept him for who he was and now as I look back on it everyone who made fun of him always came to him when they were in need……ironic huh??

  17. 3) I remember one day my nephew came over he is from Tennessee so you know he had a little country accent. My sibling and I made fun of him because of his accent. Calling him a little country bumpkin. So the next summer he came back to visit us and he didn’t have his accent. Now I kind of feel bad because that was apart of what made him different from others.
    4) one episode of Americas Next To Model Tyra wanted one of the contestants to get her gap closed and she didn’t want to because she said that is what her different. If you notice some of the most famous people use to have gaps.
    6) After seeing Christinas college experience it has me putting a lot of thought into what I really want to include into my college essays.

    • @Angelique, To be honest with you, I feel sorry for him as well, because a person’s accent is the biggest part of race’s culture, and him having to remove really shows that he felt very uncomfortable about it, which forced him to give up his biggest identity. 🙁

  18. Kasey, thats a totally creative way to respond to the question and sincde you answered first you set the bar for others to think a little bit outside the box. Its also very true i was having a conversation with one of the spanish teachers at my school and he mentioned having to make the very same transition.

    I recently came to the understanding that we are all humans even though we all look different and I knew it before but I didnt really inderstand the meaning of the words, students go through so much whether black white yellow purple or even lavender. As we mature I think that being more understanding and less jugemeantal will only encourage our bright futures.

  19. 3. I have witnessed on multiple occasions, students getting teased because of their cultural background. I was in the 6th grade, and everybody in the class room started saying racist remarks about the girl, in the back row, that is from Iraq. Rude remarks were made such as, ‘You smell like garlic and must!’, ‘I hope that you don’t bring your family up to the school to blow us up!’, etc. She ran out of the room and cried her eyes completely out. The class was in big trouble. Later that week, she came into the classroom and demanded that she got everybodies undivided attention. She said, “Just because I am from Iraq and America is at war with my country, doesn’t mean that I am as violent and prejudice of the American people!!”. From that day on everybody respected her to the upmost and created a bond between themselves and the 6th grade girl form Iraq, that nobody could break.

    • @ Jewel, its really funny how til this day, people still make fun of other people’s race, and its crazy because, everyone is racist towards each other, but they never identity it.

  20. 3) Yes, I have seen instances in class or in the hallways were some of the students that would be in my class would make fun of them. Its really sad that people will make fun of others because they are different or quiet or talks different from them.

    4) I think that situations that would cause people to want to give up part of there culture is that they could be afraid that people will or do make fun of them for being different. Another reason is that they could be trying to escape being involved in there culture for different reasons. There’s also reasons were being from a certain cultural background can get you denied a job or different opportunities.

    6) Seeing Cristina’s experience helped me because it showed me that you don’t have to have some sob story but that you also shouldn’t start of by just saying why you would be the best for there school. Try to be as original as possible and to make sure your one of those essays that make them stop at the first line.

  21. @Chez it is sad that people will make fun of someone and it also means that there is something inside themselves that they have a problem with ~which is why they talk about others~

    @Kacey its interesting that you say that about when people make slick comments like that cause sometimes I and some other friends will talk about each other that way ~never serious always in a joking manner~ but we never actually stop to think about how we feel or people overhearing may feel about that

  22. As I glance upon this blog, I noticed that I have failed to complete it, leaving off question’s 5,6 and my responses.

    *Sorry* 🙁

    5.) I enjoyed her college essay. It explained who she was as a person and displays her love for her culture and her mother. You feel warth that soothes your heart when reading her essay which is an appeal to emotions.
    6.)Witnessing Cristina’s experience gives me great example of what a possible college essay can include. I feel confident for the potential I have. Her experience pushes me to strive harder in school while also keeping a close relationship with my family.

  23. 3.Yes, I’ve witnesses someone being made fun of because of their race. It was earlier this year. The guy didn’t take offense to the jokes because he heard them all. here was a white kid looking up Mexican jokes to say. Honestly the jokes weren’t funny, the fact that the Hispanic knew what the jokes were before they were said was the funny part.

    4. When the white began to go to Africa and bring slaves to America. They were forced to change their religion from Islam to Christianity.

    6. I seen the amount of effort she put into going to college. It made me realize that i have to step my game up. I must be very serious if I really want to go to college.

  24. 3. There were many occassions where I witnessed someone being made fun of because of their cultural background. In middle school, I witnessed a boy being made fun of because he was African. In the 9th grade, there was a girl made fun of because she was hispanic. They use to say things to her such as”Wet back”and call her an illegal immigrant.
    4. People are forced to change their culture when they believe they are going to be made fun of because of it.
    5. I really enjoyed Christina’s essay. I believe she shouldn’t have talked about her mother so much. Although, It helps the readed see what type of culture she is coming from.

  25. 2.) While I was in elementary, I was always been made fun of because the way I speak my language or, how I didn’t know any English at all. Even though I didn’t understand what they were talking about, I can feel the unwove from them. I remember crying to my mom about how I don’t have any friends, and hoping that I would learn how to speak English sooner or later, and as I progressed my English, I start to understand the negative words that they say to me, and I become completely aggravated, and start saying words that was highly inappropriate, and of course I got in trouble. I laugh about it everyday when I think about it.

    3.) There were times that I made fun of other peoples race to be humorous because of the cause and effect that I developed as I grew up in the years. I never made fun of them in their faces; I would always like to talk about them behind their back. At the end, I feel totally bad about it, because some of the words I said were the same words that I’ve been getting fun with, and I know if I ever said it towards them; it would really hurt them as well.

    4.) Back in the day, like around the 70s or 80s in Florida, Haitians that goes to school would get beat up by different race everyday, and try to find a way to change their identity so they won’t have to experience the brawl, or they just don’t come to school period. Many wouldn’t confess if they were Haitian, even to their closest friends. Some Haitians fight other Haitians in order for them to have a freebie from getting beat up. This has been going on for about 8 to 9 years. One day, a group called “Zoé Pound” (Zoé means bone in Haitian Creole, it represents strong and unbreakable) had form a alliance to fight back, and the school had to shut down for about 7 months in order to renovated again.

  26. 3. I’ve never been the one to pick on someone because of the cultural behavior, but I have witnessed others. In my opinon I don’t think others should pick on those that don’t look or sound like them. When I frist witnessed cultural bullying as I would say, was in the 4 the grade. It was the first time I had ever witnessed anything like such in my life. At the moment it was funny but after seeing the expression and hurt on the victims face, it begin to have a burden on me. After that day every time I witness someone picking on someone else because of their culture I feel its my place to step in and stand up for what I believe in.
    4. Situations I think that force or encourage people to give up parts of their identity would be bullyin. When your constantly getting picked on because of the way you talk, dress, or look can make you want to change your entire lifestyle. In my opinion just because everyone doesn’t do the same thing that we do doesn’t mean their not alike. Most people change and drift apart from their culture just to fit in because in today’s society every one’s trying to fit in and become some one.
    6. Witnessing Cristina’s experience made me feel that before entering my applications and essays into college I should express more into myself. Meaning I should describe more of myself, so that colleges have a more descriptive and better mindset of who I am and what I have to offer.

  27. 1) In the movie, Cristina interacted with alot of different cultures because she moved alot when she was young. As a young girl I think she adapted to the challenge of fitting in with her new surrondings. I think if she were to have that experience in our time depending on the area it would have been alot different. I think she wrote this to inspire kids and give them advice on the same issues she went through.
    3) I have witnessed alot of people getting made fun of by their fellow peers. Most of the time it was because of the language or accent a person had.
    6) From watching Cristina go through some of the troubles she went through, I learn that you should never change yourself. You should adapt, take what you learned and use it to better yourself but never change.

  28. 2) I have always been criticised and until this i am still being questioned and made fun of and not for the reasons you think. Because of my look and my attitude I am held in high regaurd to be an R-tard and speak like a minkey, but i don’t. All my life i’ve spoke with intelligence and i’ve always wore my clothes alittle fitted but people laughed at that until it became cool…It use to bother me but i dont care anymore because my mother sat me aside and told me that being me is what made me cool.
    3) I once saw a vietnimese kid being picked on because of his name. He had no role to play in his name being picked..it’s not like he could have spoken aloud his own name but no one cared, at his there own expence they hurt some one’s feelings because they most likely felt bad about themselves.
    6)Christina came from next to nothing and she was accepted into princeton, one of the ivy league’s and that shows me that i can do anything in the world if i was really serious about it…She showed me that if i take the time to really succeed at something then i have no excuse to fail.

  29. some people may disagree with me about the culture im about to discuss, but we are a culture!

    2) One culture that i am apart of, that i am constantly, teased and bullied about is the Gay culture. It is not a secret about my sexual orientation, if anyone cares to know, they would know that im Gay, im proud, i dont find it as a flaw, and its as important to me as the color of my hair insignificant. But all of that goes out the window when people call me fag, homo, or other derrogative gay terms. I used to be in a place where i was insecure about m sexuality, because i grew up where being Gay was as wrong as killing someone. So growing up insecure about my sexual orentation, and have my friends and family, talk about the LGBT community, like we’re nothing but scum on the bottom of their boot, really hurt me to the core, which is the reason why i love LGBT rights. I want to protect the lgbt community, from the ignorance of others.
    3) I have indeed made fun of other cultures, and i see other people who have done it and constantly are doing it. When i made fun of other cultures i actually really didnt feel anything, it wasnt funny whatsoever, and i actually didnt feel bad about doing it. However, after i have learned about the cultures i made fun of, i actually felt quite horrible, because of the things i found weird about them were actually quite normal in their culture. Nowadays i try not to make fun of differnet cultures, and different styles of living because there are MANY different styles, and no one right way is the correct way.
    4) From the top of my head i can think of two situations that can make people abandon their culture, and that is assimilation to another culture, or religion. if you are the only person at an all vlack party wearing white, youre going t wish you had a vlack suit, and i believe thats the same with culture, if youre so immersed in a different culture, you might find yourself giving up bits and pieces of your culture until theres nothing left. With religion: A person may be born into one religion such as hebrew, and be brought up with the values and culture of that religion, but later on in life they may come to a self-realization that they do not agree with that religion and they will find one they agree with and adapt to the values and culture of that religion.

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