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announcements. Need names of attendees for 4/16 CARE Project Meeting Office hours: Today! By appointment from 11 to 1 Mon 4/15 – 11 to Noon and by appointment Noon to 2:30 For Mon: Be prepared to discuss paper prompt in depth.

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announcements
announcements
  • Need names of attendees for 4/16 CARE Project Meeting
  • Office hours:
    • Today!By appointment from 11 to 1
    • Mon 4/15 – 11 to Noon and by appointment Noon to 2:30
  • For Mon: Be prepared to discuss paper prompt in depth.
    • How and why is an anticapitalist critique necessarily attentive to the intersections of race, gender, class and labor?
    • While such practice is transnational, how does it also pay close attention to specific places and communities?
    • In other words what is the tension between a transnational understanding of globalization and a persistent sense of place consciousness in such a practice?
  • Film screenings @ Arts Library! Check in at front desk.
    • W 4/17, 10am-11:30 – Maquilapolis
    • F 4/19, 10am-11 – We Don’t Play Golf Here
    • M 4/22, 10am-11:30 – Maid in America
language action

Language & action

Beyond Master’s tools & master’s house

culture as mediation pt 1
Culture as mediation, pt 1
  • Narrative, testimony, oral history as powerful cultural forms of mediation because they enable understanding of individual subjectivity and larger social forces (156)
    • Cannot be valorized as transparent record of reality – reveals subjectivity of individual
    • Cannot be dismissed either as completely relative fiction – grounded in material experience of larger social forces
    • Cannot be solely reduced to individualistic experience
    • Cannot be seen as totally determined by larger social forces either
culture as mediation pt 2
Culture as mediation, pt 2
  • Narrative, testimony, & oral history make possible alternative frameworks of “politicization” (Lowe 158)
  • “The particular location of racialized working women at an intersection where the contradictions of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism converge produces a subject that cannot be determined along a single axis of power or by a single apparatus, on the one hand, or contained within a single narrative of oppositional political formation, on the other” (Lowe 164)
discussion questions
Discussion questions
  • According to AudreLorde, what are “the master’s tools”? What is the “master’s house”? And why can’t those tools be used to dismantle that house?
  • Why does Lowe insist that an attention to “difference” as evoked by AudreLorde’s speech on “Master’s Tools” is crucial for Asian immigrant and Asian “American” women?
  • How do the narratives, testimonies, & oral histories of Asian “American” women transform silence into language and action?