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.
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?"