The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to by George J. Leonard

By George J. Leonard

Multicultural classes are usually taught by means of exposing scholars to literature or arts, on the subject of their political, sociological, and ancient contexts. This e-book is designed to aid scholars examining novels, gazing movies, and confronting works of art with info wishes particularly diversified from these of social scientists and historians.

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The idea of “too much,” tai dwole, is created by adding an extra dot to the word “big” (Fig. 2–22), if you double “too much,” you get tai tai, which, interestingly enough, is the standard word for wife (Fig. 2–23). So the symbol for woman may originally be submissive, but “wife” gets “too much” twice! Plainly, a powerful person. By the way, we can now write the symbol for the famous Gate of Heavenly Peace, “Tian An Men” (Fig. 2–24), the front entrance to the Forbidden City, the emperor’s compound in Beijing.

There were still few Asian Americans in positions higher than middle management. But, most importantly, there were also a large number of Asian Americans who still lived in poverty. Chinatowns across the country were still slums despite the glowing pictures painted by the Six Companies, and many elderly Issei—first generation immigrants—still lived in poverty in run-down dwellings in Little Tokyos all along the West Coast. Several hundred The “model minority” discourse 37 thousand new Asian immigrants had entered the United States by the early seventies as a result of the 1965 Immigration Act, and many of these people were desperately in need of help.

2–8). The graph is a compound. It is made out of tian, which is a field (a birdseye view of one as shown in Fig. 2–9) and li, which is force (we can see the flexing, sinewy muscle attached to the arm in Fig. 2–10—it looks like someone “making a muscle” with fist pointing down). The male, then, is he who spends his force in the field: a rural, agricultural society’s idea of a man. What would you pick to represent woman? Here is the traditional character for woman, nu, still in use (Fig. 2–11). C.

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