Thanks to Christian for leaving us some lumpias! Sooo bomb.com! =D While we were waiting for people, we were busy devouring these yummy snacks!
Kim told us to find a partner and think of an answer to this question: What is your definition of decolonization?
"Undoing what was done in the past"
"Loss of community"
"Reconnecting to history"
"Learning your ancestrys' history to learn about yourself so that history doesn't repeat itself"
Strobel's definition of decolonization.
Kim's definition of decolonization.
Her structures are: nursing, labor, Maryland, and ethnic studies.
nursing- Her moms career was nursing and enabled her to come to America.
labor- I forget what her dad did but he was able to make money because of work.
ethnic studies- Kim came to SF for school, for ethnic studies because Maryland didn't provide anything like it.
Unsure about what theme to focus on? These are some questions to help you out.
M.I.A & Kendrick Lamar
"Where is everyone at today?!?"
More than half of the class was not in class today. My guess is.. Beach party! Haha THANKS FOR THE INVITE GUYS!
Today, first thing we did in class was this 3-page survey on students experience at Skyline College. The reason for the survey is so that the people of higher authority can make a better experience for students. One way the lady said was by making more programs, or what not.
After the survey ended...
We had a little story time w/ ROD. One of the things he told us that his favorite basketball player was Magic Johnson ...until he met him. Haha
It was a pretty chill day! Ya'll miss out!
We started off class with this quote. Kim had asked us to break down the quote into single words. I used words like sad, sacrifice, journey, relationships, family, and rejection because many of us haven't learnt what first generation immigrants dealt with. You may have come to America, but America doesn't necessarily welcome you back. I personally choose those words because it puts into the ugly truth of what it meant to be an immigrant.
Talk it Out (Questions) Activity
We broke off into of groups and discuss these four questions.
This activity focused on the generational gap issues we have in between our families and communities. Especially in the psychology side of things a parent who may have grown up in the Philippines and immigrated to U.S is going to have different mindset to their Filipino- American child. A shared conflict we experience could be our parents pressuring us into being a nurse knowing it makes money, but the child may not desire that path. Others conflicts could be identity, dating, curfew, etc. I believe we deal with these conflicts because parenting is some hard shit adding on to raise your child in a foreign country (U.S) to you is more added stress and you end up raising a stranger who looks like you.
Interview with Aviva Chomsky
What route did you take?
Ariel's family was from Batangas, Philippines. His grandparents sponsored his parents to come to U.S. Before coming to the bay area, he was living in SoCal with his parents. He then came to SF for school.
Kevyn's family was from Visayas, Philippines. His grandparents also petition his parents to come California. He now lives in Daly city.
What are Superstitions? Superstitions are "excessively credulous beliefs in and reverence to supernatural beings." It is also "a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief." Superstitions are very common in the Philippines and there are many that are told to keep bad spirits away or to bring good luck. In class, we got into small groups where we shared different superstitions that we learned growing up from our families from the Philippines and then we proceeded to make a small skit of what we had.
Some examples were: