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On Tuesday, we covered the topic of decolonization once again to clarify our final projects. Rod, Kim, and Jeremy taught the class about the 7 L's. If you don't remember, the 7 L's are the things impacted by colonialism. The L's were:
1. Language : In the process of decolonization, the language of one's country usually gets lost, forgotten, or altered. In the Philippines' case, their main dialect is Tagalog. But because of decolonization, the Philippines now has a variety of dialects which was the alteration of the language.
2. Labor : The subject to benefit dominant class/coerced to work certain jobs to survive
3. Love : Dominant class influences how to love/what you're attracted to
4. Land : Spaces and places are enforced and managed by the dominant class
5. Life : To destroy a country's culture, identity, ideology, and spirituallity
6. Legacy : The destruction of histories, her-stories, and our-stories
7. Liberty : NO freedom
In order to decolonize, we must go back to language, labor, love, land, life, and legacy to reconstruct the heritage. For instance, language can be remembered so we can also begin teaching it. For labor, we can organize plans, love can be demonstrated by loving ourselves and to rethink what love should look like. Land can be critically taken under control, and life & legacy can be remembered by valuing our own history.
From the 7 L's, we can easily see how one or more of them can be incorporated into our mind, body, and soul final projects. The process of decolonization can come in any of these forms and it's up to us to show how they're incorporated with one another.
Thursday, October 29–
Today in class, we had the great chance to meet Kaba Modern founder Arnel Calvario via FaceTime! If you didn't know, Kaba Modern is a dance crew that was famously featured on season one of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Although Kaba Modern wasn't the topic of conversation, we got to learn about the founder, Arnel Calvario's background into dance and how it created an impact on his own culture as well as colleges that had cultural clubs.
Growing up, Arnel was heavily involved in the hip hop scene which eventually lead to his involvement with dancing. In high school, he became a part of the dance and party scene. But it wasn't until college when he saw how a lot of cultural clubs were starting to create their own hip hop and dance crews. It was then, when Arnel was attending UC Irvine that he created Kaba Modern. As Arnel mentioned, dancing became a huge thing as it turned into a ripple effect in SoCal. As time went by, social media also became big and it helped spread the word within the community. The community was what really helped find Arnel's identity. The B-Boy and cultural communities represented where they're from and that's what made performing important for Arnel and other dance crews that formed during the time.
Dance | Culture
What does it mean when we perform culture?
Soul Train | SOCI 142 Style!
Thanks to Kim for shedding some light on how hip hop, music... dance, plays a huge role in finding our identities.
A great platform for expression but an even bigger stage for trendsetting. Soul Train was an American musical variety television program which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, althoughfunk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer. (wikipedia)
It begins with Strobel's personal narrative, an introduction to her process of decolonization. She felt the need to find her Filipino voice and move out from "the culture of silence"...
This chapter uncovers the her experience in America and the things she did that defined her life.
Deanna told a little bit about herself and how her volunteer name badge from CPMC is significant to her. The CPMC name tag resembles her main concentration in school, and that is majoring in nursing. Deanna volunteered at CPMC to get the feel and to know how it was like to work in the hospital with nurses and patients.
When Darlene introduced her narrative she didn't stand in front of the class like everyone else, but instead she showed us her hobbies, what she likes doing on her free time through a youtube video. Darlene was proud of how the video turned out because it was her first time editing a video. Some of her interest and hobbies were doing her make-up and finds inspirations from multiple professionals from video blogs. Her video also showed that she likes dancing, she also has a collection of supreme hats and at the end of her video it showed her goofing around target showcasing her love for Star Wars by wearing Star
Loss of identity is an ongoing problem that people go through in today's world. Filipinos especially, get stripped of their own identity and this is due to their oppressors: The colonization of the Spaniards and the "Americanization of the Philippines." The oppressed tend to have this problem because they don't even know who they are as a person anymore. They side with their oppressors thinking that this will lead them to a better life. Like America, the zoo creates a misrepresentation for itself. America is perceived as the "best" and the "land of the free," but why is it when an immigrant comes to America, they are still being mistreated and looked down upon? Knowing who you are and where you come from plays an important role for the society and its up to us as individuals to bring awareness to the topic so more and more people are able to recover their sense of identity.
Deanna De La Cruz
Class today was taught by Jeremy. We learned about Loss of Identity and how it affects oppressed individuals in different ethnic groups. Before going about the topic, we viewed a news clip on the 2007 San Francisco Zoo incident. On Christmas Day 2007, two brothers–both in their 20s decide to get a tiger's attention by throwing random things in the animal's habitat. As a result of this; one brother was injured and the other, left dead by the tiger. After this, we saw a clip of Katt Williams giving his own take on the incident and one thing he said made a lot of sense in terms of the society; "Being a tiger in the zoo is like being black in America." From this, Katt is comparing how the tiger was being mistreated exactly how the blacks in America are. Katt goes on to question how the tigers might feel when they're at the zoo..."Am I even a tiger anymore?"
One thing I surely love doing is making others happy through the works of volunteering or just being a great friend. Other than that, I'm a full time student and also a first year at skyline. As a student, my top priority is school and being an effective transfer student. My goals consist of becoming a anesthesiologist after accomplishing all other prerequisite requirements through the times of hard work and opportunities.
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities."
-Dr. Stephen R. Covey
A couple of things about me; I was born and raised as a second generation Filipino American in San Francisco, this is my second year at Skyline, and in the near future will be pursuing my BSN. Since I'm not too good at doing bios, I'm gonna leave it at that :) As of right now, one of my favorite quotes is from actress Lupita Nyong'o:
"No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid"