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Asian American Dreams

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Hannah Peterson

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Transcript of Asian American Dreams

Asian American Dreams
by: Helen Zia
Main Characters
Helen Zia
Project by: Hannah Peterson, Zach Tufvesson, Oakely Sengchan, Won Bin Kim
Other characters specific to each story
Chapter 4: To Market, to Market, New York Style
Chapter 5: Gangsters, Gooks, Geishas, and Geeks
Chapter 6: Welcome to Washington
Helen Zia heard a song called "Turning Japanese," that ironically had nothing to do with being Asian or Japanese.
She wondered why Asian Americans couldn't just "turn American," and wrote this collection of personal and historical accounts to explain Asian Americans and their quest to become Americanized.
Theme: Acculturation (week 6)

Chapter 1: From Nothing, A Consciousness
Chapter 3: Detroit Blues: "Because of You Motherfuckers"
Chapter 1 Summary
Zia experiences racial differences at a young age, and sets out to find her racial identity.
She recollects her family and personal history, exposing her origins, and educational and political paths.
Themes: Racial Identity (week 7), Family Relations (week 10)
"Don't waste a single grain of rice"
Korean immigrants' relationship with African Americans in New York
Tropic Market
December 12th Movement
Red Apple (Fred McCray)
Week 5: Rosenbloom & Way
Discrimination, violence, racism
"Still, we didn't talk about these incidents at home, we just accepted them as part of being in America, something to learn to rise above.
Speak English at home
Miss Saigon
Chapter 2:Surrogate Slaves to American Dreamers
Chapter 2 Summary
Zia discloses her past, and that of the United States, especially instances of racism and discrimination.
Model Minority stereotype
Themes: Discrimination and Stereotypes (week 5), Racism (week 8)
Asian women
American men
Stereotypes, romantic relations
Week 10: Lau et. al (table 2)
Week 5: Sue et. al
Chapter 3 Summary
Zia moves to Detroit, MI
Vincent Chin incident and ACJ
Themes: Asian American Activism (week 2), Discrimination (week 5) Racism (week 8), Employment (week 11)
1972 Nixon cracks "bamboo curtain"
Supreme court rulings
Identity, activism/politics
Filipino-American cannery workers
Week 2: Chang
Week 7: Ethnic and Racial identity
Chapter 7: Lost and Found in L.A.
Chapter 8: For Richer, for Poorer
Chapter 9: Out on the Front Line
Chapter 10: Reinventing Our Culture
Chapter 11: The Last Bastion
Chapter 12: Living Our Dreams

-Media produced
by Asian people
-Hmong refugee
-Hmong marriage culture
-Hmong and American culture hybridization
Theme- Asian American

-Repression of Asian Americans in the 1940s and 1950s
-Asian Americans become active in American politics
-Rise of Asian population on university campuses
Asian American Activism
-The author gives an overview of her experience of being an Asian American
-Her parents want the best for her and are proud of her accomplishment
-Asian Americans deserve to live "The American Dream"
Family Relations, Ethnic and Racial Identities
-Zia talks about how her family wasn't typical in obedience
-Working in family businesses is important for future of parents
-L.A. riots story with Jae Yul Kim and his One Stop shop, Soon Ja Du shooting of Latasha Harlins
-Week 10 (Romantic and Family Relations) & 11 (Employment)
-Zia talks about maintaining cultural traditions
-1965 Immigration Act and employment of immigrant Asian Americans
-Asians importance to workforce efficiency, Silicon Valley
-Immigrants Sculpting the "model minority" myth
-Week 6 (Acculturation and Acculturative Stress), 9 (Education and Mental Health), 10 (Romantic and Family Relations), 11 (Employment)
-Zia's parental expectations, how she didn't follow parents path
-Japanese American Citizens League, importance in Hawaii gay rights and Asian american citizenship
Week 7 (Ethnic and Racial Identity), 8 (Racism), 10 (Romantic and Family Relations
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