Monday, October 18, 2010

David Mura--Where the Body Meets Memory

  • David Mura is a poet, novelist, and memoirist who has written most about his experience of being a Sansei--or third generation Japanese American whose life is underpinned by the experience of his parents and grandparents in World War II in the U.S.  
  •  The Densho project is the best place on the internet to find substantive/reviewed information about Japanese Internment and related topics.  This link is for a Reading called "The Question of Loyalty" about the two questions asked of detainees who could serve in the armed services concerning their loyalty to the United States.  The answer and response created conflict among Japanese Americans.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Narrative Threads--Writing our Story as we Read and Listen

We are focusing in our class on reading the story of Gogol and his family in The Namesake.  We are learning about another classmate by doing the cultural interview.  Next, you will write your own story as the first paper--a personal and reflective narrative.  Here are two resources to help you write and read the story of others.  More on listening from Jane in Monday's class.  We all have amazing stories to tell, hear, and write.

PEER EDITING of TYPED Drafts on Monday, Oct. 11; Return Peer Feedback on Oct. 13; 
ESSAY #1 DUE on Oct. 18th--with a 1-2 page Process narrative about your Writing Steps.

A sample student paper written by a former student, Jessica, called "The Leaky Canteen."
Another sample student paper written for this assignment.  Tom on "Saying Yes"
An personal narrative essay by Mary Catherine Bateson (two famous parents) called "Composing a Life."