In previous chapters, we have learned about the life experience that shaped the Chicana/o identity in the 1960s. How historical factors like the Chicana/o Movement opened the way for new voices to represent a multicultural groups in the United States. While new notions of race, racism, and migration began to emerge as the new concepts of human history during this era.
Now, it will be exciting to think: What are the cultural influences that have shaped your life experience? Keep in mind that family values, the community (friends, neighbors, co-workers, school, music, language, education, etc.,) are important factors that influence the construction of our self-identification.
The goal of this exercise is to celebrate Your Cultural roots.
A culture is the way in which a society interprets and transforms reality, it is the social production of a society in one specific space and time. When we study historical culture, we investigate the social production of historical experience and its objective in a community’s life. Many of us we are constantly re-creating our culture through different influences that in a way are social agents that have shaped our own identities.
1-You are to use the answers bellow add more content please, use simple wording.
You are to respond to the following questions below. ( i am typing my answers under the questions)
1. What are your cultural influences?
South American and Asian cultures because my parents are from Brazil and Japan
2. Which culture(s) do you identify with?
Brazilian, Japanese and Korean
3. Have your culture (s) influenced your identity?
Yes it helped to shape who I am for sure.
Ie: music that i listem ( KPOP, BTS, Jazz, samba)
Tv shows that i like to watch( K-dramas, Brazilian telenovelas/soap opera)
Sports that I like (soccer, volleyball
Food that I like to cook: Brazilian, Japanese and Korean typical dishes
4. Select two persons that has impacted you the most in your life and why?
My grandmothers from Japanese and Brazilian sides
Brazilian side: My grandmother was never able to attend school, she was raised in farms, never got to travel, yet was the most strong and inspiring woman that i ever met due to her hard work ethic and positivity.
From Japanese side, my grandmother took her 3 small children from Japan to Brazil during WW2. She had to leave everything behind and start a new life in a different country, learn a new language and survive.
5. Select a piece of art, music, food, book, story, image etc, that you identify the most and explain why?
My favorite comfort food is Brazilian Feijoada because reminds of “home”.
6. Why do you think is important to understand your culture?
Because is my history, is part of who I am. *Add more here please
7. After finding your biggest influences research two of those to find their top influences.
Clothing (Asian influence) I like to be comfortable doesn’t matter if the color doesn’t match or make sense, must be baggy. I just try to wear things that makes me happy.
2- You are going to use those answers above to write oral presentation ( that I will have to read to the class) One page long is good just make sure it flows, have smooth transitions and is related to my cultural roots.
After Answering All the Questions Above
1. Create your own story which can be understood as your own family history, the history of my culture, the culture of music (you just need to select specific culture.)
2. Gather all the information from the Questions/Answers above and create a short ( one page long)oral presentation to be read in front the class.
3. Add more and make those answer above to make it flow.
Keep it simple, use simple wording.