Traumatic History Term Paper by Mr

Traumatic History
A discussion on traumatic history, highlighting the discrimination against Asian Americans immigrating to the United States.
# 109136 | 1,960 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Nov 19, 2008 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , Ethnic Studies (Asia) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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The paper states that traumatic history can be described as a recurring bad experience of the past. Due to the nature of such experience, individuals or groups witnessing such event may periodically visualize such events again. The paper notes that the nature of such an event may also impact on the degree of trauma associated with it. There is no particular paradigm for addressing traumatic historical events, each nation or ethnic group may react to such experiences based on its perceptions and sensitivities as well as national culture. The paper uses several historic traumatic events to illustrate instances of traumatic history and reaction or lack of it by the affected groups.

From the Paper:

"Author, Yen Le Espiritu, argued in his book "Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities and Countries" that the Vietnam War was actually the beginning point of the shaping of the United States as a pacific nation. Eric Liu in his own book discussed in his personal essays, the stereotypes associated with an Asian identity. He also addressed the difficulties encountered by early Asian immigrants to the United States, until as recently as 1965 with the introduction of national immigration laws, when Asian immigrants were placed on equal footing with all the other immigrants on immigration matters. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Yen Le Espiritu, Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures,Communities and Countries Publisher: University of California Press (May 1, 2003)
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Namesake: a Novel "Mariner Books (September 1, 2004
  • Jan Lin, Reconstructing Chinatown: Ethnic Enclaves, Global Change (Globalization and Community, V. 2) University of Minnesota Press (July 1, 1998)
  • Eric Liu, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker Vintage Press, (September 7, 1999)
  • Suraina Marr Maira, Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City (Asian American History and Culture) Temple University Press (February 1, 2002)

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