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Multidisciplinary Ethnic Studies Pattern

This emphasis kind of found me. I have taken a lot of courses about different ethnic groups while I was a student at City College of San Francisco and at San Francisco State. I primarily wanted courses that focused in African American and Chinese American people and cultures. I am multi-ethnic: Chinese and African American and this felt like a good fit for me.

When I sat down with my adviser, she suggested that if I really enjoy these classes, and I did not want to emphasize on anything else, I should use this as my emphasis. The classes that I have taken so far have been interesting and informative. I look forward to taking maybe one more my last semester at SFSU.

Reflections 
(11/8/2010)

I love taking ethnic stuidies courses. It is great learning about my own heritages and others.

photo by Ivette Fuentes Lugo

 photo by Ivette Fuentes Lugo

AFRS 335

Black Women: A Cultural Analysis is an Africana Studies course that focused on African American women, the difficulties in getting equal treatment and the strategies that these women used to overcome adversities. The class had discussions about the perceptions of Black women in American society and the preconceptions that American people have of Black women both negatively and positively. The professor mentioned "video girls" and different scholars to contrast the positive and negative images of Black women and some of the psychological effects of these images.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

This class gave me almost a psychological perspective as well as a social one. We looked at women with diverse background and histories. It was enjoyable to be in a women centered class.

AFRS 450

African Philosophy and Cosmology is an Africana Studies course that discussed Black philosophy which has a direct link to ancient African thoughts and religious beliefs. One philosophy that the professor discussed was the Yoruba traditions and beliefs. The professor focused on the cosmology and thought processes of African people and the vitality of liife and spirit. I do not have an artifact for this course because it is on a laptop that is not functioning but it would have been a paper that I wrote that discussed African philosophy and ideas focusing on the Yoruba tradition. In the paper, I compared it to the tradition, Lukumi, and their similarities and differences.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

I originally took this course because my partner practices an African tradition called Lukumi (similar to Santeria and Voodoo which originated from the African tribe, Yoruba). I wanted to understand more about the traditions and beliefs. This was an interesting course that opened me up to other religious practices and ideas.

AAS 550

Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage is an Asian American Studies course that focused on not just Asian Americans but Asian Americans who are of missed heritages. In this course, we discussed the psychological and sociological effects of someone who is of mixed race.

 

Below is the link to the book I co-wrote with my group

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1217339

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

This is another course I took for better understanding. In this case, I took it for me. Being a child of mixed heritages (Chinese and Black) I was able to get to look at my own life but the lives of other people who are of mixed heritages. One of the projects we had to do for this course was make a children's book with a mixed Asian American protagonist. I included a link to the self-publishing site that we used in this class to make our book.

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AIS 162

American Indian Oral Literature is an American Indian Studies course that focuses on individual Native tribes and their ways of storytelling and writing poetry as well as written stories. The class looks at specific American Indian writers and the contributions they have made over the years that give readers their personal perspectives and the perspectives of their ancestors.

Reflections 
(2/13/2011)

This is the second American Indian course that I have taken over my years in college. I found this course fun to read American Indian literature and analyze their work.

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