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The Hypocritical Anthropologist

In college, I used to sit in the back of the class with the other students of color and listen as my white peers theorized the hell out of the oppression we were born...

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New Vocabulary for Stronger Solidarity

Every day in class I am reminded of my evil heritage and visual appearance. People that I would be grouped with in the past did some unspeakable things. Colonialism. Massacres. Slave trades. Missionaries. Every...

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“Monumental Connections” in the works

It’s getting exponentially difficult to locate the point where all the information I’ve been absorbing from my own researching (regarding the natures of identity, collective identity (culture), embeddedness, and globalization) intersect. On the other...

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Reflecting on Cross-Cultural Music Making Perspectives

This week I couldn’t help but return to Kim’s article on cross-cultural music making after viewing Mississippi Masala this week. Inter-ethnic relationships is a very interesting topic to me, because I have one myself....

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How To Add Creativity To Academic Writing

In this post, I’m going to show you the process I go through when I add a splash of creativity to my boring academic writing. I’m in the middle of revising my 2nd draft...

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The Paradox of Identity

The scholarly article I explore in this post was written by Lauren Leve, a renowned ethnographer. If you would prefer, please read her article written here. “The paradox presented by people who, on the...

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The Success of Short-Story Cycles

Phan’s We Should Never Meet was the most captivating book I’ve read in this class. Besides for the fact that I returned from Viet Nam a week before school, and that I am familiar...

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Culture 101: A New Era for Anthropology

Why might the same marketing strategy destroy competition in America but fail to engage people in other countries? The primary factor in global marketing is culture. But how can we understand another culture? Culture...

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Going in Circles?

So far, I have read the following books in class: Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction, by Madeline Hsu When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka Donald Duk, by Frank Chin Forgotten Country,...

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Trust in 2017?!

What determines trust? That question keeps coming back to me when I think about all the distrust going on right now. Every social interaction falls back to trust it seems. Indeed, this is true...