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Monday, September 6th, 2010

I did a little googling after Dr. Scanlon mentioned the hymenoplasty article in class and came across this site that belongs to an Indian doctor that performs the procedure in addition to many other sexual operations.  The site is more of an advertisement, and there are extrememly graphic photos throughout the site.

Asian Americans in the Media

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

This is a really interesting resource describing the media’s representation of Asian Americans. I thought the model minority tab was particularly applicable to the material we’re reading in class.

American Abstinence in China

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Here’s an article in the Washington Post addressing American Christina viewpoints on sexuality in Chinese culture.

Limited Melting Pot

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The term “model minority” that we’ve come across several times in our reading really bothers me.  When hearing the term, I first think of describing a model student.  It somehow conveys that the Asian Americans are not only lesser in society, but juvenile and unknowledgeable.  It conveys that they have something to learn from American culture, which is not false, but American culture has something to learn from them as well.

The American state was created to be a melting pot, but that melting pot seems selective.  It is inclusive, opening itself to European cultures that share resemblances to itself.  This practice does not increase diversity – America, as we know it, was founded by white Europeans.  We’ve discussed thoroughly in class that it is common practice for someone to ask an Asian American where they are from and expect an answer such as Japan, China, or Vietnam.  But, as a Caucasian, I can say no one has ever asked me where I am from expecting an answer such as Germany or Ireland; they are satisfied when I say northern Virginia.

By expecting immigrants to fully assimilate themselves into our culture, we are dismissing their own.  We are also severely limiting our potential diversity.  Children grow up in the school system learning very little of other cultures.