WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning
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  • 1. Boundaries, Community, Positioning Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University
  • 2. Discussion Question • According to Elizabeth Martinez, what has been the prevailing U.S. attitude toward Latinos? Why do some people maintain that Latinos do not experience racism?
  • 3. Discussion Question • Why does Martinez argue we need to move beyond the black/white binary in discussions about race? • What is at stake in doing so?
  • 4. Discussion Question • Why does Kibria argue that that the “model minority” stereotype is harmful? • How is it harmful to Asian Americans? • How is it harmful to other people of color in the US?
  • 5. Discussion Question • Why/how are pan-ethnic coalitions formed? • What are some advantages and disadvantages of creating such coalitions? • What are some of the limitations of the term “Asian American” that Kibria outlines? • Can the same be said of terms like “African American,” “Latino,” or Native American? • What about “people of color”?
  • 6. Boundaries, Community, Positioning • What are the criteria for membership in a racial category? • What are the grounds for being identified as belonging to a certain race? • How do racial boundaries suggest membership in a community? • How do the boundaries mark a community of persons who share more than simply an externally imposed designation? • What is the position of the group within the racial hierarchy? • How do groups relate to one another?
  • 7. Free-write • Think about boundaries, community, and solidarity. • Reflect on a time when you encountered an ambiguous person or had difficulty categorizing someone with respect to a socially defined identity (race, gender, sexuality). • What were your reactions to that ambiguity? How did it make you feel? What assumptions did it challenge? • What are some of the interpersonal and institutional ramifications for that person because of their ambiguity? • Do you think about that experience differently now? • Try to identify one ambiguity in your own socially defined identities. Describe how your own ambiguity has shaped your experiences of community and solidarity.