This topic that you and your group decided to take upon is very important and also controversial in these times. I really like how you guys were able to give many examples of different forms of police brutality towards colored people. It was nice to see that you had them from different times instead of just one specific year. I also…[Read more]
Your post on immigration has really impressed me. Reading through this shows much you care for this situation that is going on. I loved how you specifically addressed people and gave so many examples of how the ‘zero tolerance’ order, separation of families, and the injustices that the Latino community receives. I suggest looking at…[Read more]
Dear Ariana and Alondra,
I am very intrigued and interested in your post “Creating a Change in Foster Care Health”. This topic is not really touched upon or even brought up in any case at all. And I love that you guys have brought it out into the light. We never notice or I thin even pay attention how much children suffer from being in alt…[Read more]
Folkloric dance is such a big part of history and culture in Mexico specifically. Throughout all of Mexico, we are able to find and see the many different types of dances they have that are unique and different
I really like how you describe yourself in this little excerpt. I like that you give a lot of detail and insight to the reader of who you are. One thing I would say is to remember to capitalize after every period and know what words or letter should be capitalized. One thing I also think that could add to your writing it perhaps adding metaphors.…[Read more]
This was an interesting and cool summary to read. I didn’t know that there are women today that referring to themselves as witches. But, it is interesting that they are claiming themselves as witches for a completely different reason rather than what they would typically stand for. I am interested and intrigued to see what else other information…[Read more]
It is so beautiful and amazing to see how dancing has so much affect and history throughout it’s creation. Again, here I am talking specifically about ballet folklórico and it’s beautiful creation. Although it h
I really like how you described and told the book. I have never read the book, but this gave me a little overview of what to expect if I was ever to read it. I think it is interesting how they treat black people here specifically. One thing maybe to help that comment that you made would be to compare how it was before to how they are treated…[Read more]
I think and find it very interesting that you are looking into this topic. As a society, we have turned to trying to find out every single little detail about anyone that is famous. It has even gone to a point in which t.v. shows and movies are made to document this famous person’s life. I am interested to see where this will go.
It is interesting and cool to see how there is different influences and types of music for folk dancing. It doesn’t always have to be your typical view of having guitars, trumpets and drums. It does in many c
Julissa, I really enjoyed reading your ideas about the influence of music in culture. Often I forget how big a role music plays in unifying cultures and people. Your example of artists who have used their skills to mix to culture through song is a reminder of how globalized our world has become. Music has become an essential source of unification in our diverse world today. I am curious to know if there are other examples of traditional music being combined for other purposes.
I really enjoyed learning about the influence of music. Music is so synonymous with many cultures and it is really interesting to hear about. Music brings people together between cultures and well as within.
This is such an interesting topic! I loved learning more about how music reflects a culture and can be one of the biggest defining characteristics. It was very fascinating to learn about some traditional Mexican composers. I definitely will be looking into some of their work. I look forward to reading more from you!
This is really nicely done. I liked how you stated that there are always perhaps two different feelings or emotions in your house. I would honestly love a longer poem. You stated that you are a mixed child specifically because you have the cultures of Mexico and Ecuador in you. What would be beautiful and awesome to see would be to compare and…[Read more]
This is very interesting. I personally know that I find serial killers and their stories very interesting and intriguing. It makes sense though now why many are drawn and it’s mostly because of the attention it is given on t.v, shows, and documentaries. You brought up the notion of that caring people always tend to ask and question why do such…[Read more]
I like the idea and argument that you are giving. But, I think that you can always make some improvements. For one, make your three points that you are going to talk about more specific. Perhaps saying “cyber-bullying is a problem prevalent in today’s youth” could help your reader follow a bit more. The argument you made is that schools…[Read more]
The overall issue of accepting those who are different than us has been around for a while now. We have always looked to find comfort and safety in perhaps those who define themselves similarly to you. When
I think it’s very important to learn about these problems(as they have a bigger footprint on society every day) and educate others, and posting articles anywhere and everywhere is definitely a good step. Portraying different aspects of how we as humans have neglected those minority populations rather than one specific argument really helps prevent alienation of the overly opinionated readers you will come across. My only advice would be to strengthen each talking point by showing an opposing opinion that will help you prove your point, while also showing both sides of the argument clearly. For example, when talking about the father that is trapped in sanctuary, having a sentence pointing out the governmental/law side of the argument will give you the ability to not only prove the case even more, but also appeal to a reader’s sense of humanity. Readers can easily tell how much you care about the opposition that is faced by so many unheard voices around the world, and it comes across in your writing very clearly. This was an impactful piece to read and gave me something to think about.
Hi Julissa, I am a teacher and I thank you so much for writing about this important issue. I have often thought about why we, as humans, are so afraid of “the other.” I have not done any research about this, but as you pointed out, I wonder if we humans are hardwired to be afraid of “the other” for protection? The other does not look like me. The other is not part of my community. The twist is that, with some education and experience, we humans can use our brains to reason our way out of this conundrum. We can use our brains to realize that the other looks or talks differently but our experience can inform us that there is no danger. We can also tell ourselves that the difference in skin or language does not reflect what is in someone’s heart. Thanks for starting this conversation.
Me gusta tu comentario sobre tu libro que esta leyendo. Hicistes bien tambien en comparando el libro que estas leyendo a un evento en la vida real. Me gusto como hicistes esa conexion. Me gusta tambien como todo lo dijistes directo y hablastes sobre lo importante del libro. Quizas para la proxima vez, a lo mejor puedes hablar mas sobre que mas…[Read more]
I really liked an enjoyed that you decided to write on Chicano pride. As you stated in your post above, “I believe people shouldn’t be judged or treated differently because of their skin color. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed because of where you come from. Your culture shouldn’t be hidden.” And it’s very true. It is sad to see how s…[Read more]
Me gusta tu comentario sobre este libro. Yo no lo he leido, pero se escucha interesante. En esta parte de tu comentario, “Pues yo no tengo una hermana y nunca me tocó experimentar esto, pero yo conozco a varias personas que tienen hermanas y que a veces entre ellas se pueden caer mal ya sea por que una crea que la otra es mas bonita que…[Read more]
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