11 April 2014

Feeder 2.2 American Born Chinese Paraphrase, Develop, and Anlaysis

“Class, I’d like us all to give a warm Mayflower Elementary welcome to your new friend and class mate Jing Jang!”

“Jin Wang”

“Jim Wang!”

“He and his family moved to our neighborhood all the way from China!”

“San Francisco.”

“San Francisco!”

“Yes, Timmy.”

“My momma says Chinese people eat dogs.”

“Now be nice, Timmy! I’m sure Jin doesn’t do that!  In fact, Jin’s family probably stopped that sort of thing as soon as they came to the United States!” 

The only other Asian in my class was Suzy Nakamura. When the class finally figured out that we weren’t related, rumors began to circulate that Suzy and I arranged to be married on her thirteenth birthday. We avoided each other as much as possible.

Source - American Born Chinese P 30 - 31

 Paraphrase, Develop, and Analysis:

On his first day at his new school at Mayflower Elementary school Jin was introduced to the class by his new teacher, Ms. Greeder. She wanted the class to give him a warm and friendly welcome to make him feel more welcomed. However, while introducing Jin she introduced him by the wrong name. She called him Jing Jang and he had to correct her by telling her his name was actually Jin Wang yet she still mispronounced it one more time.  She then explained to the class that he had recently moved to the United States from China. Jin clarified that he moved from San Francisco, not China  and the teacher repeated it to the class. Then one boy named Timmy raised his hand. When called on by the teacher the boy explained that his mother told him that Chinese people eat dogs. The teacher then reminded Timmy that he needed to be nice and then made a really ignorant comment. She said that Jin Wang’s family most likely stopped eating things like dogs a long time ago due to them moving to the United States.   Jin then went on to explain through narration that there was one other Asian student in his class named Suzy. All the kids in the class spread a rumor that the two of them were to be in an arranged marriage after they learned they were not related to one another in anyway. Therefore, the two tried to never interact with each other.

In other words, this is a prime example of what many children from immigrant families must go through when they first go to a new school. Its hard to fit in, people don’t really understand you, and people often may not understand your culture at all. Even the teacher in the story seemed to be completely ignorant to Asian culture. The one boy’s rude comment was completely inappropriate but at the same time very typical of a young immature American boy. Another novel that proves this to be true is Richard Rodriguez’s “The Hunger of Memory.”  For example, his early school experiences when he first came to the United States were not the greatest and the language barrier made things just that much harder. Jin and Richard, both being from families from different background than most of their classmates, had a hard time feeling comfortable at first in their new schools.

The main purpose of this article was to show the readers what it was like to be a new Asian student in an American school where no one really understood you because you came from a family with a different cultural background than most of your peers. It seems the author also really wanted to point out some of the many American stereotypes that people actually believe about the Chinese and other Asian cultures.  The main point of view presented in this part of story is from Jin ‘s perspective who shows the reader the struggles he had to endure while growing up simply because he was Asian American. This book seems to be much like The Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez and Persepolis by Marjane Satrap because all the stories have characters going through hard times awhile trying to adapt to new places. Much of these problems are due to having personal identities that are greatly molded by their ethnic backgrounds.

Maus-Falle (mouse Trap)

 “Mouse trap” starts by Art walking into his father’s kitchen to find a distressed Mala, because Vladek’s mistreatment's, he only gives her $50 a month to buy everything she needs.  Mala and Art discuss on why Vladek is so stingy, they wonder why none of the other survivors have adopted the same habit, Art worries about how he is portraying his father in his book. Art wishes he would have gotten his mother’s story to get a more sensitive point of view. When Vladek walks into the kitchen, Art shows him the first drawings for his book; Vladek shows his interest in his son’s comic even though he never reads comics. Vladek s and Mala get into an argument; Vladek tells Art that she is constantly threatening to leave. Vladek tells Art how he thinks Mala is only with him for his money, Vladek starts telling the story of what happens after he and Anja leave Srodula. When Vladek and Anja get to Sosnowiec pretending to be polish, they try to find refuge with an old acquaintance but get turn down, Next they try Anja's father's old house. The janitor lets them in, and they are allowed to hide in a shed, as they walk towards the shed an old woman who recognized them tried to get them caught, the page ends Vladek leaving to find food. On his way out he encounters another Jew in hiding, who leads him to a black market where they can buy supplies. The next day he returns to the black market encounters and old friend who gives him information on a possible hiding place at the home of a woman named Mrs. Kawka, he and Anja visit Mrs. Kawka to see if she’ll allow them to stay in her farm, she agrees but says if they get caught she had nothing to do with helping them.  The morning after spending the night at Mrs. Kawka’s Vladek leaves to Dekerta, to try and find food and a warmer place to stay during the winter, when Vladek would go to town he would take streetcars and always travel on the German side to not raise suspicion. 

When at the black market he met a woman named Mrs. Motonowa, who with pay invites him to stay in her house with her and her son, while husband was working in Germany.   Anja builds a relationship with Mrs. Motonowa’s son teaching him German; even though Mrs. Motonowa was a nice woman without pay she wouldn’t give Vladek food. Every time someone would visit Mrs. Motonowa they hide in the closet, after one day being searched by a gestapo in the black market; she angrily kicks Anja and Vladek out of her house, thinking she would be discovered hiding Jews. After being kicked out, they walked towards Sosnowiec speaking in German, and spent the night resting in a building foundation. In the morning, they make their way back to Mrs. Kawka's and return to living in her barn; Mrs. Kawka tells Vladek of smugglers who will transport them to Hungary for the right price. The next day when he returned to the black market he again encountered Mrs. Motonowa, who again invited them to her home since the gestapo never did search her home. After living with Mrs. Motonowa her husband writes that he’s coming; Vladek and Anja are forced to hide in Mrs. Motonowa’s cellar with rats and little to no food. After spending days without eating, they are able to go back to Mrs. Motonowa’s home; but Vladek didn’t feel safe anymore, he wants to leave to Hungary. 

On his way back to meet Mrs. Kawka he passes by some children who start yelling out that he’s a Jew, instead of running Vladek acts like nothing’s wrong. When he arrives safely at Mrs. Kawka's farm, the smugglers are in the kitchen; also in attendance are some acquaintances of Vladek's, the smugglers explain their plan, and the Jews discuss it amongst themselves in Yiddish so that they will not be understood. They are not convinced of the smuggler's honesty, and in the end, Abraham decides to go and promises to write back if he makes it safely to Hungary. The rest will only travel if they receive the letter. 
Both Anja and Mrs. Motonowa are boldly against the plan, but Vladek eventually convinces them both.  Vladek goes to visit Miloch his cousin, who is hiding in a garbage hole behind his old house with his wife and child. Vladek tells Miloch that he may soon be leaving for Hungary, and that there will be room at Mrs. Motonowa's. Soon after, Vladek, Anja, and Mandelbaum receive a letter from Abraham that says that he has arrived safely in Hungary, Anja still wants to call everything off but Vladek refuses. Vladek, Anja, and Mandelbaum meet the smugglers at the train station, and they all board the train. After less than an hour, however, they are arrested and stripped of their possessions. They have been betrayed by the smugglers. 

Vladek is made to board a truck with a hundred other prisoners and is transported to Auschwitz. Vladek and Anja are separated, not knowing if they will ever see each other again. When his dad finished telling him that story Art insists his father gives him his mother’s Notebooks, but Vladek tells him there is nothing to give him because he destroyed them all.  Art gets really frustrated with his father because after years and years of collecting useless items, he destroys the most important things.  The book ends Artie walking away from his father’s home calling him a murderer. The main purpose of this chapter is to show how   at the beginning we saw that Art's frequent visits were leading to a more positive and open relationship between him and his father. However, as this chapter comes to an end, the relationship is strained it seems almost to the point of breaking when Vladek tells his son that he burned Anja's diaries shortly after her death. And to add further insult to the tragedy, Vladek recalls that Anja once told him that she hoped Art would read them one day. At this, Art furiously yells at his father, calling him a "murderer." Though he apologizes, he leaves soon thereafter and again calls Vladek a "murderer.”  In other words Artie is accusing his father of killing the last thing his mother left for him, of erasing Anja’s existence. 

They key question in this chapter I think is: why did Vladek wait so long to tell his son that he had burned his mother’s Diaries? The most important information in this chapter is when Vladek tells Art what happens to his mother’s diaries. The conclusion in this in when Artie walks away from his dad it might be the end of their stain relationship.  The main idea we need to understand in order to understand this text is how fragile Arts and Vladek’s relationship was to begin with, and how Vladek might have completely destroyed it in the end.  The main points of view in this chapter are Vladek telling his story of when he was caught and sent to Auschwitz, and Artie’s reaction to what his father did to his mother’s diaries. 

10 April 2014

Holocaust Mouse ( Maus)

It all started when Artie went too visit his father Vladek and his new wife Mala in search of information to get info for his book since both of his parents were Holocaust survivors. His father began to tell him how he was such a ladies man back in Poland. He met a young lady named Lucia who had deep feelings for him but he slowly brushed her off. He later ran into his cousin who wanted to introduce him too her classmate Anja which is Artie's mom. They began getting attracted too each other after their first encounter. Anja began writing love letters and she even sent him a photo. After a week or so Lucia found the photo and demanded Vladek to stop talking to Anja because she felt she was physically pretty then Anja and that they had future plans together. But Vladek told Lucia he was attracted to Anja's personality and that looks aren't everything. Vladek went to eat dinner with Anja's parents, he wondered off and ended up rummaging through Anja's stuff and found out she took pills for her nerves but was very tidy. Lucia was still very upset that he would not listen to her when she insist that he leave Anja. She later sent her a letter saying bad things about Vladek got that made Anja think twice about him. After he convinced her that wasn't true, He moved to Sonowiec and him and Anja had gotten married and he had moved into one of his father in laws two apartments and had gotten part time ownership and a gold watch for a wedding gift. Vladek then stops telling his story and told his son he didn't want that to be mentioned in the story because it wasn't nice

                             The main purpose of this comic is for Artie to show what his father and mother went through before during and after the holocaust as survivors.The key question for me would be how why was it so important to depict the characters as common animals. The most important information is how Artie's father acts as a survivor.

Feeder 2.2

- Maus by Art Spiegelman is the animated graphic novel of Vladek Spieglman's, Art Spieglman's father, life as a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. Through this story Art takes readers on a vivid journey of his fathers vantage point prior, during, and after Hitler's reign; living as a bachelor, getting married, maneuvering throughout Poland with his new family, escaping from Nazi capture - concentration camps, learning new techniques to hide both himself and family ( handmade constructed secret cellars and money to purchase confidential hiding spots enabling numerous connections to help get out of tight situations ), dealing with his wife's suicide death, re-marrying, and living in a new society as a Holocaust survivor. Within the story Art also gives an inside view of his own personal trials and tribulations dealing with living with his father prior and after his post traumatic stress due to the Holocaust, his mothers suicide, and how his own life was affected after such events.

- In this excerpt from Maus - Prisoner on The Hell Planet, Art expresses both his fathers as well as his own grief period after his mothers death. Within this Art specifically characterizes himself as a prisoner ( both in clothing and in a jail cell stating "Well mom if your listening...Congratulations !.. You've Committed The Perfect Crime ...... You Put Me Here ... Shorted All My Circuits...Cut My Nerve Endings...And Crossed My Wires !...... You MURDERED Me Mommy, And Left Me Here To Take The Rap ... *Other Person - Split Personality Within Mind* Pipe Down Mac ! Some Of Us Are Trying To Sleep ! ), through this he connects with the reader to show through visual imagery his mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical condition. In other words Art gives the reader insight on his own personal life which gives a sense of realism to the story.

- The main purpose of this story was to connect to the masses of people and give them key insight of the effect history can have throughout the generations of families. The way Art Spiegelman presented the actual Holocaust through a graphic novel was ingenious and ground breaking creating a passage for graphic novels and comics alike to be taken on a serious level than just for "children".

Boy who is Asian(American born Chinese)

Jin Wang is in the backseat of his parents car crying and his mother tells him an old Chinese parable. Basically it is about a Chinese boy doing weird things and his mother always decided to move because it felt like to her that he was playing right in the Chinese stereotype. Jin Wang parents are almost never home because their working. When Jin and his other Asian friends come to play they like playing with their transformers a lot. As Jin is sitting with a herbalist old wife she asks him what he wants to become when he grows up, he says that he want to be a transformer. He tells the herbalist wife that his mom says he can but the herbalist wife says"it's easy to become anything you wish......so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul." As Jin goes to schoo already some of his classmate are judging him because he Asian. He becomes an outcast quickly. He makes one friend kind of by force by a boy name  Peter Garbinsky. He realationship with him and because Peter moves away. Another Asian boy name Wei-Chen Sun. Jin doesn't like him at first they become friend because they have one thing in common,they both love transformers.

I think the key question is should people be automatically judged by what the ethical race is? Is it ok to make a person an outcast because outside they seem different?

What Maus is all about feeder 2.2

The comic Maus is about a young boy named Artie he goes to visit his father because he wants to make a comic story about his father and how he met his mother. Him and his father aren't very close. Artie's mother committed suicide and his father had to heart attacks. His father at first didn't want to speak about how he met his mother but then he gives In and starts to tell the story. He said many girls chased him and he was very popular with the girls. He first met a girl named Lucia he was very attracted to her physically but she was poor. Lucia was very into him and insisted she seen his place. Valdek wasn't into her the same way she was into him she wanted to get married he didn't he would avoid her. His cousin introduced him to a girl named Anja he fell for her personality and soon they fell for each other and talked all the time and got married. 

The main idea of this story is that Artie wants to know how his father met his mother and he wants to make a comic about it and his father explains to him what it was like for him as a young man and what it was like going through the holocaust and how he and his mother fell in love with each other. The key question should be is what makes this story about the holocaust stand out from the rest? and why does this story grab the interest of readers ? 


Artie saw his father, Vladek, and his stepmother, Mala, both Holocaust survivors, after some years to get his father's account of the Holocaust. Artie wanted to tell his father's story, although his father thought no one wanted to hear it. Vladek begins to talk about being a lady's man and meeting a young woman, Lucia. Lucia was very persistent in going to Vladek's house; finally, he invited her over. She wanted to marry him, but he wanted to his cousin's classmate, Anja, Artie's mother. Anja and Vladek had an instant connection. Lucia was clingy and found a photograph of Anja and demanded Vladek leave Anja for her. Vladek was more attracted to Anja for her personality than looks; Lucia was more attractive physically. While at dinner with Anja's parents, Vladek rummaged around her room to find that she was tidy and took pills for her weight and nerves. Lucia still didn't want Vladek to leave her. She sent Anja a letter saying bad things about Vladek that made her upset. After Vladek calmed her down, he moved to Sonowiec and they got married. Vladek stops his story to tell Artie that he didn't want this mentioned in the book because it wasn't nice.

The main purpose of this comic is for Artie to tell his father's life story before, during and after the Holocaust. The key question is what makes this story so different from other Holocaust books. The most important information is how his father acts currently due to what he tells in the story.

A New Way Of Life

Hunger of Memory

Richard mother was calling for him inside there home in Spanish before he came inside the door being assured while listening. Once Richard got in his home all the Spanish was quieting down not hearing nothing at all instead his mother bad English when she went to answer the door. He didn't find her voice pleasant to hear but he was always shy and weird when in pubic to you voices that he never did at home but was always happy to see and hear his dad while he spoke Spanish or bad English. Never spoken a new language before that allowed him to fix words together to have Spanish meaning to them but loved the families voices to hear. Not knowing another language instead of the native language taught as a kid but as other classmates could have learn to understand different language easier through the grades. Even though he would be happy to hear Spanish in class instead of public language felt more interactive. But feel that if he knew a new language he would had to put a stop on himself before saying anything. The teachers didn't care that I knew Spanish but cared that I needed to know English. But was to afraid to speak anything in class acting as if he was a mute.He noted to himself the difference of the General language to be spoken at school and how to use them in meaningful use. The teacher saw silence between Richard and his bothers and sister and came to a house visit to suggest and have the parent to teach the children more English at home instead of Spanish while whole family was in a shock for a moment. Richard well for a second thought as a game, but practice a language that felt so foreign to them to understand and try different pronunciations. Richard also had his teacher to keep him to achieve his goal.But was hearing a house that was speaking Spanish all the time to now hearing English. As days went on hearing his family speaking English he finally did something for the first time, he spoke out loud in class when he raised hid hand feeling like part of the society. Richard started noting all different English accent spoken to everyone and how it spoken and understanding the different tone in there voice. The family he knew was long gone now no more pleasing one another with great attentions greetings. No more that family Spanish speaking to everyone making separation hard. The family grew more as a public society. Richards mother knew every name she could know from the block they lived on and felt as being more English to have a telephone in the house. The way his father spoke was changing that Richard couldn't even understand if his father was trying to say a word as gringo in English or Spanish because of the practice of a new language. As knowing more English everyday was impacting the parents not being able to develop quickly on what the children was saying. Words was being misunderstood all the time with the parents where as the children would stop to what they are saying getting mad and go to the table just eating food without talking. English was now a primary language in the house hold and the words use was no longer spoken as it seemed no point of it no more. All the Americans sound of different words as to call for there parents such as mama or papa was no more. Richard and his brothers and sister was speaking less more as days comes, his parents was getting restless but doing small talks at times while the English was being improved more and spoke about his childhood growing up about his families. More silence was at home and words was spoke less and less and grew to not care about other sound that was spoken in public. Richard felt more better in public speaking English instead at home even though out in public was making him feel a little concern. Being happier with English hearing different type of voices but then encountering Spanish speaking people being aware to not listen as seeing who's around. Different speaking language became an educator to children to realize the way to be American as one and also to achieve public individuality. Bilingualists to be reminded even though the society there in and to consider themselves a part of the crowd until you believe in yourself of what you want. Knowing as an adult the name Richard was to be pronounce differently but in the public world. But achieved a language that can be spoken all around  people in any situations. The life that he once new was a loss but a new gain of an American voice that his childhood that he once new with excitement of being greeted was now a point of just as no one is there.

 In other words the different languages of different people should always be reminded of where they come from and who they come from. If your a person the always a part of a crowd or an individual will make you more a person with a creative of life. As being part of the world of English language you will be accepted of everything. On my personal experience I struggled to learn Spanish and still haven't learn how to speak a full sentence. I thought I will be more accepted to understanding what others are saying and being engaging of whats they saying. I feel that even though now I understand a little and speak a little I don't need to try to fit in the world of Spanish speakers.

The main purpose of this article was to show about a family of Spanish speaking to end up speaking English that impacted the whole family but a child name Richard more. Does having a new language as English be justified as a public language to feel more accepted ? But the child Richard grew up learning a new language that soon changed his way of life. The family became less talkative to on other as English is felt more as a primary language instead Spanish. Learning a new Language can impacted you and your family in a great aspect. It will change your emotions of how you see everything inside and outside of your home. Also it will show how learning something new can be a good change but bad if it changes how everything used to be. The author trying to make us understand that learning something new and being devoted to it and not to anything else unless your being told.The article showed what it was like to have a language that you was proud of to having to learn something that felt weird. Then to feel more public to it then any other language not feeling as their immigrants or aliens in there lives.

Liberated woman (feeder 2.2)

Persepolis: Pasta 

      All of Marjane's friends made plans for vacation where Marjane ended up deciding to read. As vacation started, she kept herself busy in shopping from supermarket and reading books of philosophers that get peers had often referred to. One day she cooked spaghetti and went downstairs with the pot of spaghetti to watch TV but a nun called her uneducated for eating in pot. Knowing Marjane as impulsive, she couldn't handle any insult and replied her back calling her a prostitute. Which cost get to get kicked out of the boarding house. However, she managed to live with her friend. Moreover, the nun/sister informed Marjane's parents that she left boarding house for being humiliated to have been red handed stealing, her parents knew it was lie though.
One part of this chapter which I find important is when Marjane started to read in order to educate herself and become a liberated woman.(Persepolis 175)
             Source (Persepolis 174-175)

In other words, she started to read about different philosopher to become more emancipated. She felt that in order to fit in the society that she was thrown into , she must had to know and study their politics and philosophers. She widened her thoughts and knowledge by reading more and more. For example, in Hunger of Memory, Rodriguez learnt English to be a part of public as an individual. As he started to use English more than Spanish , he got more involved in society and got to know how bilingualism kept him away to gain his public identity. The same way Marjane read to learn more about the society, she's a part of.

The main purpose of this essay is to deeply discuss the situations and reasons behind a specific event.  
The key question is what led marjane to read a lot of books and how'd it help her? The most important information is the environment she was living in and how it affected her to educate herself to be a liberated person.The main conclusion is if someone is determined to learn and willing to make change then there's nothing that can stop you . It's all about will power The main ideas we need to understand in order to understand this reading are that Marjane isn't so familiar with the politics and social aspects of Vienna , she's living in, and thats why she's willing to learn about it. Another would be that she's living far away from her parents in boarding house.The main assumption underlying the author's thinking is to find the truth. I mean so far , I've realized Marjane is always so curious to know about the things related to society and to stand for what truth is.moreover, the author is more focused on revealing the political and social "truth" of Iran throughout the book. However she's also focusing in emphasizing her own lifestyle in different cultures and the way she dealt with it. 

09 April 2014

Feeder 2.1 - Maus - Claim Evidence Analysis

1.              What is one of Art Spiegelman’s Claims or Purposes for writing?

Maus is an autobiographical story about the Holocaust in the form of a graphic novel. The author Art Spiegelman tells the story of his father’s experience as a Jew during the Holocaust. The story also focuses on Spiegelman’s interactions with his father when he visits him to record some of his life stories for a book he was making. One of Spiegelman’s purposes for writing this graphic novel was to help readers learn the terrible effects the Holocaust had on the families of survivors.  Not only does he want readers to learn about his father’s experiences during the Holocaust but more importantly he wanted readers to gain insight into how it affected his own life being the son of a Holocaust survivor. Art’s mother committed suicide and he also had a brother he never met that died, both due to the horrors of the Holocaust. Basically, Art Speigelman gives readers a new way to learn about the horrible realities of the Holocaust.

2.              What (kind of) Evidence does he use to support this?

Art Spiegelman seemed to use quite a few different types of evidence to support his claim. For example, he used personal stories from his life (and his fathers) to back up his purpose.  By including the sad, horrific details of their lives the reader really gets a good idea at the impact the Holocaust had on both Vladek, a Holocaust survivor and Art, the child of survivors.  We learn about the terrible experiences his father had to go through and learn that they both lost someone they loved, Art’s mother. His brother also died as a result of the Holocaust as well. The dialogue that is used in the story gives us a good idea of the type of strained relationship that Art and his father seem to have due to his father’s life experiences during the Holocaust.  Art Speigelman’s use of pictures also helps the reader get a much better picture of his purpose in their minds. The way he decided to make all the different types of people represented as different animals in the story also helped support the claim he was trying to make. By making the Jews mice and Germans cats Spiegelman successfully reinforces the horrors that Jewish families in Europe had experienced by their predators. Just like in real life, these cats(the Germans) hunt down the mice(Jews).

3.              Does he explain how this Evidence supports his Claim/Purpose? In other words, does he have Analysis or does he ask the reader to do make the connections on their own?

Due to the way this story was written as a graphic novel, I don’t feel that Spiegelman fully explains how this evidence supports his claim. Although the story in general does a great job at pointing out the horrors of the Holocaust, much is left up to the reader to connect the dots. For example, having the Germans represented as cats and the Jews as mice leaves the reader to come to the conclusion on his own that the Germans were the hungry predators and the mice were the prey.   Also the dialogue used in the story between father and son can be left up to the reader’s own interpretation. In my case sometimes I felt Art’s father was too hard on him because Vladek was holding him up to his own standards. Someone else reading this may interpret their relationship in a different way than me.

Hunger Of Memory

Hunger Of Memory" is basically about a boy named Richard Rodriguez who tells his story on how he struggles to learn English and who is also struggling to to speak his family's first language which is Spanish.  He explains how much his Public life and his private life are different. When Richard attends school where everyone speaks English he would tend to be very shy and quiet around everyone but when Richard is home and surround by his family he would be very excited and outspoken. The nuns in his school told Richard that he had a language problem that is based off his family and that Richards family need to speak English frequently among there household. While they did just so Richard would still act a little shy but he would pay close attention to the words that were being said and pronounced by his family at home. Richard also notices that his father was viewed as very shy by his siblings since he didn't speak so much but he spoke amazingly well with other family members who spoke English. Now when Richard hears Spanish it becomes a memories his family shared while speaking Spanish.
         I really enjoyed reading the story. A lot of people commonly go through what Richard went through everyday. Which is trying to learn a new language other wise from what they know. The  purpose of this story is to show how being bilingual really affected his childhood. It started out with Richard speaking Spanish and being comfortable but when at school he would be the totally opposite. He went from being happy to sad then he completed flipped to being happy he knows English but then saddened by his memory of his good times while speaking Spanish with his family. To me Richard basically has an analysis when writing this story

A Loss and a Gain

This excerpt from the autobiography, Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez discusses the journey that Richard took while learning the English language as an immigrant child living in the United States with his family.  In the beginning of the chapter’s excerpt Richard is explaining how his family, who felt like outsiders in the United States due to their language barrier, used to speak freely to one another at home while using their native language.  Richard explains that when he used to go to his Catholic school he felt like he was being forced to give up his identity.  He was very shy in class and obviously was not very confident with his English.  He rarely tried to speak in class.  Due to probably not feeling good about this, Richard was always happy to be able to go home to his family where his parents and siblings would used his native language that he was so familiar and comfortable with.  This common bond due to their language and heritage kept the family so close.  He loved to hear the gentle soft words that his parents spoke.  After not making much progress with the English language, Richards teachers/nuns decided to drop by his house one day. After meeting with the nuns, Richard’s parents agreed that the best plan of action was for the family to stop using the Spanish language at home. At first, Richard was not too happy about this. This had a drastic impact on the relationship he had with his family as well as the world around him. Richard saw English as a public language that he at first did not really want to accept.  He saw Spanish as a private language that allowed him to stay intimate with his family.  Over time though Richard gradually gave in and began to make a real effort to learn English both at home and in school.  As a result, Richard explained that in many ways his family lost that sense of intimacy.  Suddenly, it became harder and harder for him to be able to talk to his parents since they did not pick up English in the same way he and his siblings did. Also, the mother became the familiar public voice and the father became more “silent” overtime.  Many people called the dad shy but the truth is he was very outgoing whenever speaking in his native language.  The more his children became Americanized the less he was able to talk to them. Richard also mentioned that him and his siblings stopped rushing home from school because they were becoming more and more assimilated into American culture.  They had English speaking friends and other places to go. Richard also mentioned how many people have different views on bilingual education in this country.  I guess Richard feels that he may have lost some of his true identity while learning the English language. Richard basically feels that people who assimilate into new cultures often pay the price of losing some of their private individuality/identity.  However, he also stressed that this assimilation allows the individual to gain a public identity just like he did.

What is one of Richard’s claims or purposes for writing?

One of Richard’s purposes for writing this autobiography is to let readers know the impact that assimilation can have on immigrant families when they move to the United States.  Not only does he want readers to learn about how assimilating to American culture can affect an individuals sense of identity (like himself) but also the drastic effects this could have on a family as well.  Richard shows that over time he and his family become more American and that their relationships to each other and the world around them changed forever.

What kind of evidence does he use to support this?

Richard uses lots of evidence to support his claim that assimilation can have a huge impact on immigrant families when they move to the United States.  Richard uses examples from his own life to support his claim.  Most importantly he focused on how he himself changed which also directly led to his family life changing. For example, he explains that by learning English, “one suffers a diminished sense of private individuality by becoming assimilated into public society, such assimilation makes possible the achievement of public individuality” (P. 26).  Richard basically feels that he lost much of his identity by assimilating while gaining some of a new identity.  He further supports this claim by later saying ”If I rehearse hear the changes in my private life after my Americanization, it is finally to emphasize the public gain.  The loss implies the gain: The house I returned to each afternoon was quiet. Intimate sounds no longer rushed to the door to greet me. There were other noises inside. The telephone rang. Neighborhood kids ran past the door of the bedroom where I was reading my schoolbooks—covered with shopping-bag paper. Once I learned the public language, it would never again be easy for me to hear intimate family voices.”(P. 27) This quote explains how he lost a lot by assimilating while also gaining a new public identity. The unfortunate part though is that his family will never feel as intimate as they once were now that he is just another American boy.

Does he explain how this evidence supports his claim/purpose? In other words, does he have analysis or does he ask the readers to make the connections on their own?

I believe that Richard does a pretty good job explaining how this evidence supports his claim/purpose? I think basically the whole entire excerpt is talking about this purpose. The quotes I listed above are just a few of many I could have used to show evidence of what I believe his purpose of writing this piece of literature was. Through out the entire chapter, he brought up many different examples that showed the reader that assimilation could have a huge impact on immigrant families when they move to the United States.

I enjoyed this reading because it reminded me of my own family. I have hispanic blood on both sides of my family and thought about what it just have been like when my grandparents first came to live in the United States.  How much of their private identity did they have to give up to gain a public one?  This reading also made me think about what it would be like for an American child to move to a Spanish speaking country.

08 April 2014

Torn between two languages

The story called Hunger Of Memory is about a boy name Richard who is in conflict with himself on what languages he uses in his life which are his first Spanish and second is English. In the beginning he felt assure and happy that when he came home and his mother would say in Spanish " You are home now;come closer;inside. With us." How the words were said in Spanish made him really and made his family seem very close. As he starts school it shows how difficult it was for him to be in and school full of  people who uses English. As the nuns see that he is having problems they asked Richards parents to try and make English basically the primary language in his house. As he and his family slowing become adapt to the English languages he started to forgot how to speak Spanish.

I kind of enjoy reading this because I did always wanted to learn Creole which is the Haitian language because I think it would give me a better sense my mothers family origins because she is half but I am kinda of to lazy to start learning. I thought it was interesting how Richard started forgetting his own native language as well because I think being bilingual can lead to some confusion if not careful because There's no point in learning a new language if you forget your original one.


In this excerpt of chapter 1 from Richard Rodriguez Hunger of Memory he describes how he first felt being in an American school. he was shy in class and wasn't confident with his English when asked questions in class he would mumble his answer, as time passed and he learn more English he got more confident in himself. In the book he divulged  how at first his family used to always speak Spanish around the house, soon after a visit from the schools nuns; slowly it was only English that was spoken in his home. He explains how at first he could hear the American accent when people would talk around him, but when he familiarized himself with the words and how they sound he stopped noticing this and stared concentrating on what they were saying “conversations became content-full, transparent.” (pg.21)
Richard Rodriguez purpose for this story might have been to show his audience that even though it is hard to learn a new language and assimilate to a new culture it is necessary to fully gain individuality and confidence. Evidence for this is shown when “I was obligated to hear my mother and father: ‘speak to us en ingles.’” After this he commits himself to learn classroom English weeks after this he raises his hand in class to answer a question “I spoke out in a loud voice. And I did not think it remarkable when the whole class understood. That day, I moved very far away from the disadvantaged child I had been only days earlier. (pg.21)” This shows how confident he has become in himself and he no longer thinks of himself as an outsider he now knows he belongs in public. “In public, by contrast, full individuality is achieved, paradoxically, by those who are able to consider themselves members of the crowd… only when I was able to think of myself as an American, no longer an alien-in gringo society could I seek the rights and opportunities necessary for full public individuality.” (Pg.26, 27) there he explains how being part of the crowd is helpful to achieve public individuality.
I really enjoyed this excerpt because as a person who migrated with my family to the U.S. from a foreign country I can relate to some of the difficulties he went through. Unlike Richard Rodriguez I did attend a bilingual class the first year I stared school in the U.S. I think the class might have helped to some extent, but I still had to learn proper English. When I first started school I was shy to speak in front of kids who already knew the language, over time it didn't matter though because I gradually got better at speaking, writing, and reading English. Something I liked from this excerpt was when he says “The loss implies the gain.” Because I think in order to achieve something greater we might have to sacrifice something.“Ahora, speak to us en ingles.” (Pg. 20)
I find this really funny and ironic, because with my dad it’s the opposite. Every time I speak in English around the house he says “speak in Spanish around the house so you don’t forget!” 


The excerpt is about a young boy, Richard, who initially struggles to learn English and goes on to struggle to understand his first language, Spanish. In the beginning he talks of the joy he got when his family would get together and speak Spanish. He also talks about how much his public and private life differentiated. When he would be home with his family, he would be outspoken and happy, whereas when in his English-speaking school he would be shy and afraid to talk. Once the nuns at his school acknowledged it was a language problem within the family, they encouraged Richard's parents to speak more English at home. At first, Richard would still be shy but pay very close attention to English words and pronunciation by his peers. Eventually, after the enforcement of learning English, Richard and his family didn't talk much in Spanish or to each other. He also notes that his father was viewed as shy by his siblings because he didn't speak much, but, in fact, he spoke very willingly and confidently with their Spanish-speaking family members. Soon, hearing Spanish became a painful memory for Richard because it reminded him of intimate memories his family shared while speaking Spanish.

I believe the purpose of Richard's story is to show how being bilingual affected him growing up. The excerpt displays a cause and effect relationship. In the beginning, primarily speaking Spanish at home cause him and his family to be very happy at home together BUT while in school, he was shy because he rarely spoke English. Then learning English as a family was also a happy time and it encouraged him to not be as shy. Then in the end, primarily speaking English caused him to feel a sadness at home because he missed speaking Spanish privately BUT it made him more outspoken in class when speaking English. I think the reader has to make the connection between the claim and evidence because there can be many different interpretations of what the purpose/claim may be.

Overall, I enjoyed the reading. I felt sad for Richard that he couldn't find a balance between speaking both languages. I thought it was funny that he said his name was "Rich-heard Road-ree-guess" mainly because my cousin's name is Rodriguez and that's exactly how most Americans pronounce his name.

Hunger Of Memory

In chapter one of "Hunger Of Memory" Richard Rodriguez describe his childhood of the difference of speaking languages that's at home language and public language that's spoken in school. Growing up in a Spanish speaking family as a primary language spoken around the house no one as his mother or father didn't speak much English and wasn't taught as a secondary language. As he always heard the English language outside of home and at school, he was very shy to say something while he always mumbled words and avoid participating. While the teachers saw that he had hard time speaking English and ask his parents to speak it more around the home. Which eventually was a point in life where Richard and his family stared to understand and talk more English even though of there strong accent. As his childhood had change with not much education in the family later on make a great achievement of feeling he had accomplish something great in life that he finally raised his hand in class and spoke loud enough that the whole class heard what he had to say. Richard purpose is shown about how he went to speaking his primary language at home to end up succeeding English to speak it more later on in life. From "Hunger Of Memory" Pages 26-27 Richard mentions "Thus it happen for me: Only when I was able to think of myself as an American, no longer an alien in gringo society, could I seek the rights and opportunities necessary for full public individuality." In other words Richard now understand the society of public language and since he feels that it has been successfully accomplished. He doesn't feel no longer as an immigrant or illegal alien because he now can communicate with other people and get the individual rights to do what ever he wants in life and would be treated fair about it. Richard wrote this to make a connection to us the readers to show how it was to be bilingual in a society from a family that didn't know nothing about English to teach. But shows that if your motivated to something new as a language that was spoke around the people outside and was spoken in school. He wanted to gain something meaningful in life that he can express later on in life.To show that if anyone is bilingual and wanted to learn a new language or anything that just make sure your willing to give your devotion to something you would care about and carry on to. I enjoyed the reading, as I kept reading more into the chapter one I saw he was someone that was shy and scared of something new. As seeing my grandparents coming from Puerto Rico knowing Spanish and not much English. To devote themselves everyday to understand new language that is spoke all around so they can get by. But I found funny was he was spoken Spanish as a native language in his household as for me i wanted to know Spanish and wanted to know what each word meant but wasn't taught it much because it was easier to speak English so i found that to be funny as its kinda the opposite to me.

Bilingualism ( Hunger of Memory)


         In this text, Richard Rodriguez describes that how language differentiates between public life and private life. In childhood, he was used to speak Spanish, as primary language, and was so comfortable with it in his home life. While English was a public language for him which he only heard by strangers , outside the home. He started attending Catholic School. He was very shy to speak English and participate in class. Therefore, one day, his teachers visited his family and talked about Richard's and his siblings' poor academic achievements. They also asked his parents to speak English in the home. It was a turning point. Everyone at home started to speak in English and his parents had to struggle with their "broken" English. It changed everything, as Richard was so happy with his family earlier while communicating in Spanish, didn't remain the same. The interaction between family was reduced. However, in the beginning he was used to feel frustrated with speaking only English, but it changed the day he participated in class and answered in English without feeling shy/uncomfortable. As he describes his feeling,"The belief, the calming assurance that I belonged in public, had at last taken hold," (Hunger of Memory-21). Which increased his self confidence and he started to assimilate in American culture. Now, he was more comfortable in his "public" life. However, as the time passed he realized that he has lost something when he and his family became Americanized, but he also said that he gained "a public identity". Therefore, he doesn't support the bilingual educators who think that if a child hasn't being taught in his/her native language, he/she can lose his/her individuality. He also mentioned that bilingualists don't understand the need of adopting a culture where you live,"But the bilingualists simplistically scorn the value ans necessity of assimilation." ( Hunger of Memory-26)


           A purpose of this reading is to describe the affects of Bilingualism, and also how Richard's life changed from Speaking Spanish (his native language) at home and not speaking English to Speaking English all the time. That's how he gained a sense of "individuality".
For Example,(from his personal experience) in his childhood, as a student he wasn't confident at all to participate in class because he was used to speak Spanish at home all the time and he wasn't used to interact public. No one in his family was used to speak English which resisted him from speaking in public.Another evidence describing the achievement of "a public identity" is when he said "Only when I was able to think of myself as an American, no longer an alien in gringo society, could I seek the rights and opportunities necessary fro full public individuality" (Hunger of Memory- 26-27)
Richard has written the excerpt in a way that shows the connection between his claim and his personal experiences(evidences) he provided. He described that how it is like to be a bilingual and how it affects your life. As not speaking English and constantly interacting in Spanish caused him separated from public life but closer to home life. However, being quiet outside the home didn't provide him his identity. But when he get focused in learning English, he started to get involved in public life and by interacting with people he gained his personal identity.He also described that how bilingualists insist that a student should stick with his/her native language and heritage,while claiming it as individuality. But in reality its only separating a specific group of people from the rest of crowd which doesn't lead to "a personal identity". While in deviation, he started to assimilate in American culture which provided him a sense of individuality. But this Americanization kind of separated him from his home life in comparison to earlier time.
I enjoyed this reading a lot. I could relate to it because I'm a bilingual too. I speak Urdu at home with my family. But other than that , I like the way he explained everything in detail and make a clear perspective. But the only thing which I find weird that why is it so painful for him to address his parents as "mama" and "papa"? According to me, it has nothing to do with learning English.

Very bilingual.

One purpose for Rodriguez to write is because he wants people to know what it is like to be bilingual. He also wants people to know what it's like going from speaking his native laungage with his family at home to almost completely not speaking Spanish (which is his native laungage) at all anymore because he is to focused on learning English. His evidence in the story is when he speaks about his family and how he always speaks Spanish with them at home because he feels it's a private laungage and he's at ease when he's speaking Spanish with his family. Then as he continues school and leaning English he becomes more confident to speak English in public. He didn't like speaking English or trying to speak it in public because he was Un familiar with the laungage and the sound the words made. He couldn't wait to beg home to speak his native laungage with his family which is Spanish because he felt more comfortable and he felt it was a lir ate laungage and not public. It was for him and his family. He could tell everyone in his family was relaxed when Spanish was spoken. When the nuns in his school told his parents he needed to learn English his parents stopped speakin Spanish at home so he can focus on learning English. As time went by he learned more and more about English and how the words sounded. He felt more confident to speak English in public and would answer more clear sentences in his class. He wasn't in a rush to come home anymore from school. And he hardly had the desire to speak Spanish at home. I enjoyed this story because I like how he explains how his family life stays a tigt unit but changes because they are becoming more accustomed to speaking English in public. I also like the fact he is very educated and determined to learn the new laungage so he can speak English freely in public without any trouble and with confidence. I don't understand why his parents didn't encourage him to speak English and be more confident with it from the start. they should of helped him learn the laungage and push him to speak it. Overall it was a great story. I enjoyed it very much because I am also bilingual I speak Italian at home sometimes with my mom and family but English is my first laungage but I still can relate. 

Hunger of Memory

For this Wednesday's blog post, you'll be responding to the Chapter 1 excerpt from Richard Rodriguez' Hunger of Memory. For this response, you'll begin by summarizing the excerpt. Then, based on our discussion of Claim/Purpose, Evidence, and Analysis relationships, you'll identify these in the reading:
  1. What is one of Rodriguez' Claims or Purposes for writing?
  2. What (kind of) Evidence does he use to support this?
  3. Does he explain how this Evidence supports his Claim/Purpose? In other words, does he have Analysis or does he ask the reader to do make the connections on their own?
Finally, offer your thoughts on the reading. Did you enjoy it? Why? Were there any confusing, funny, interesting bits? What were they?

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?