Dr. Sara Diaz
WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender
• According to Elizabeth Martinez, what
has been the prevailing U.S. attitude
toward Latinos? Why do some people
maintain that Latinos do not
• Why does Martinez argue we need to
move beyond the black/white binary
in discussions about race?
• What is at stake in doing so?
• Why does Kibria argue that that the
“model minority” stereotype is
• How is it harmful to Asian Americans?
• How is it harmful to other people of
color in the US?
• 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”?
Boundaries, Community, Positioning
• What are the criteria for membership in a racial
• What are the grounds for being identified as belonging
to a certain race?
• How do racial boundaries suggest membership in a
• How do the boundaries mark a community of persons
who share more than simply an externally imposed
• What is the position of the group within the racial
• How do groups relate to one another?
• 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.