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I'm a Banana and proud of it
Transcript of I'm a Banana and proud of it
A brief History
About the Author
Wayson Choy (1939 - )
Summary of the story
Proud, and serious
"By the 1970's and eighties, many of us consciously or unconsciously distanced ourselves from our Chinese histories. We became Bananas."
"I think the early Chinese Pioneers actually started "going banana's"
"When hostilities ended, many more were proudly in uniform waiting to go overseas."
" Historically, "banana" is not a racist term. Although it clumsily stereotypes many of the children and grandchildren of the Old Chinatowns"
Metaphors, Allusions, and irony
and proud of it
By: Wayson Choy
Presentation by: Karol Jane Bal-ut
Wayson Choy (2010). Effective reading and writing for COMM 170 and beyond
-About the author
-Why I chose the story
-Summary of the story
-Question and answer
Why I chose this story
I'll be happy to answer any questions you may now have. Hope you enjoyed!
-born in Philippines, 1995
-immigrated to Canada at the age of 8, in 2003
-grew up in Malvern, Scarborough
-parents are both considered full blood Filipino
Mom isn't in the picture
-born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia
-lives in Toronto
-feels he grew up between values and cultures
-teaches at Humber College, school for writers
-Has won several awards for his writing
The Jade Peony, written in 1995 was awared the Trillium Award for the best book of 1996.
-Everyone can relate
-The title caught my attention because I love food
-First sentence made me laugh
-It's about immigration in Canada and the U.S.
-What's considered a racist term and what isn't
-Though it was written long ago,
the story still applies to everyone.
-I agree that we are brainwashed to live the North American Lifestyle.
Immigrants to Canada, United States, and domestic people.
-Wayson Choy explains why he is called a "banana"
-Expresses his love for his North American citizenship
-"Banana" means yellow on the outside, white inside meaning Chinese people born in North America look Chinese but act white.
-Everyone has their own "food nickname" as well
-Brief history of China and World War 2
-His parents had a very difficult life upon arrival in NA
-"Chinese Exclusion Laws"
-Children are encouraged to go to school but told never forget their roots (where they came from)
-The mirror will always reflect who they really are
-Youth of Chinatown are criticized for lack of knowledge of "The Old China Traditions"
-Realization that he does not belong in either world.
"After all in Canada and the United States native Indians are "apples"
"Blacks are "Oreo cookies"
"Chinese are "Banana's"
"Eventually the second world war changed hostile attitudes against Chinese."
"Because both my parents came from China, I look Chinese. But I cannot read or write Chinese and barely speak it."
"None of us ever forgot. The mirror never lied."
"That's why I'm proudly a banana: I accept the paradox of being both Chinese and not Chinese.
Now at last, whenever I look in the mirror or hear ghost voices shouting, "You still Chinese!", I smile.
I know another truth: In immigrant North America, we are all Chinese."
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