Ask Me No Questions (Ch. 6: The Flight from Ireland ( (Women being able to…
Ask Me No Questions
Ch. 6: The Flight from Ireland
Women being able to do things without their husbands--> freedom from men
The female immigrant role--> the idea of what positions of power women do or don't have vs. in their own culture, how does their home culture transfer into America?
Assimilating into the new culture vs. keeping with the "homeland" and the way that that can divide a culture--> in "AMNQ", how Uncle doesn't approve of Teraq
Ch. 7: The War Against Mexico
Borders are drawn by people who are very distant, so how do you construct that border in your culture/ everyday life? 9/11--> nothing changed, but the context moved around Nadira and caused people to see her differently. Canadian border. "Mexicans had become foreigners in their own land" (Takaki 133).
Borders--> Bangladesh, Pakistan vs. Texas. The world moved around the border and brought a war. Despite Mexicans still being in Texas, they were forced to Americanize or move. They had no choice about the change of their community--> suddenly, you're an ex-pat
Ch. 10: The Japanese and "Money Trees"
"A sense of twoness" Growing up in America surrounded by two cultures. The Nisei who are American by birth in relation to the immigrant children in Ask Me No Questions. The Nisei had an average education level that was well above the national average. Still, they were denied opportunities.
Ch. 8: From China to Gold Mountain
paper sons - feeling of insecurity, needing to hide and assimilate. Resilience
grit - constantly adapting to changes thrown at them - moving from job to job (between industries) as new pressures, laws and work-based injuries influence them. Gold filed- railway - laundry and merchants. Abba moved from construction to restaurant work.
America viewed as the land of opportunity - Gold Rush in Tataki and in Ask Me No Questions - place where their children can be successful
Ch. 9: Dealing with the Indians
not having control over their lives, outcomes
ALL CHAPTERS - wanted when needed and then abandoned
Negative stereotypes of minorities - Islamophobia and 'Indians" as savage
Ch. 11: Jews Are Pushed from Russia
Coming to America for a better life but the reality is not what was anticipated.
The desire to fit into to appear American by changing clothes and ways of dress.
"Invisible" but necessary members of society---> The sweatshop.