• Romeo+Juliet+2017

    Yojana P.

    For this project I chose to write a poem. The poem talks about all the violence that happens in Oakland from years ago and now. Still violence has not changed instead the rate has

    • Yojana, I really enjoyed your poem, it’s short and gets the suddenness across. I like the tie in with Romeo and Juliet and your experiences. It makes the thing more well rounded and answers the ‘why’ the poem was created nicely. As I’ve read through your poem through a couple of times now, with the word “FIGHT” is it dramatic, like saying it loudly, or are you pointing out that your word choice is ‘fight’, simple, fickle, and nothing more, or that fight and gunshots are almost the same at this point? I enjoy trying to understand poems (trying being the operative word here). If I’m wrong, hopefully I got an eye roll, but thanks for posting, I’m excited to see what you do next.

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  • Dear Reyna,

    Thank you for commenting on my shadow box. I wanted to answer your questions, well the house means nothing but the things that ar in the house does mean something. All the things that are in the house are what my country uses to to cook or what is help full for them. I added the house because it came with the stuff that is inside. For…[Read more]

  • This shadow box represents who I am.  When people look at me they see that my race is Guatemalan and that I’m a nice girl that does all her work and turns her work on time. My dominant narrative is that many pe

    • I really appreciate this post Yojana,
      I like how you are able to express yourself and showcase your emotions with your friends. It is a great thing to be able to enjoy the time you have with friends/family and it is great that you love it so much. People should see you for what you believe in, and what you enjoy to do and you showed this really well by stating the things that you like and dislike. People should not be stereotyped by where they come from or how they may appear. This is a great topic and I hope you continue writing because this was an outstanding post.

    • I can really see that family is a very big part of your identity. That’s really nice to see how you feel so connected. In your shadow box I can see a little house not 100% sure if its a house but does it have a valuable significance to why it was added? You say people can see your Guatemalan do you think it’s because you are a proud of it and show your Guatemalan Culture or because of stereotypes? I’m really happy to hear you are a happy girl and like to have fun. Keep up the good work.

      • Dear Reyna,

        Thank you for commenting on my shadow box. I wanted to answer your questions, well the house means nothing but the things that ar in the house does mean something. All the things that are in the house are what my country uses to to cook or what is help full for them. I added the house because it came with the stuff that is inside. For the next question people assume I am guatemalan because of the stereotypes that they see guatemalan people. Like for example they have told me that all guatemalan people are short and I tell that is not true because some people are not that short so I disagree with there opinion. Have people assumed something about you based on your looks?

    • I really enjoyed your post Yojana, I really liked when you said, “many people assume that later in the future I will be successful because of how they see me working hard’, but Forbes.com says “If you were seeking a new role and were selling yourself, hard work is not a unique qualifier. So what makes you think it is a differentiator when seeking a competitive position? Sometimes, just like the aforementioned client, a manager or organization may take advantage. Selling your soul by working around the clock can have its down side.” Meaning, you have to do things in life in moderation. https://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2014/01/14/why-working-hard-may-not-pay-off/#186d9ed72af9

    • Haii yojana my name is jane im a freshman at Fremont High School i really like the way you put your box together, family is a really big part of me too I understand it

    • Hi dear Yojana
      What does the little house in the back means to you personally?
      From 1 to 10 how much like to hang out with your friend?
      Well I can relate with those Dominant Narrative because I’m also Guatemalan. Well something I can say is that Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

    • Julio replied 1 month ago

      Hello Yojana,my name is Julio I go to Fremont High School and I also did a shadow box.I really liked how you expressed yourself and how hard you work.I also liked how you put how hard working you are.

    • Hello Yojana,
      I am happy about your work, with what you have done with your shadow box and added on your post “Yojana’s Dominant and Counter narrative shadow box” because you weren’t afraid to share out your story of the dominant and counter narratives. I think that the explanation of your shadow box is really good because it’s clear to understand what people think about you and how you explain to us that those dominant narratives are not true. What stood out to me was how you have added objects that represent your race, for example the little house (not really sure how is it called) you have on the left corner, I really like that. I really enjoy seeing all the objects from your shadow box and also heard more about your life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it seems really interesting to read more about you or your believes. Also I would like to see how far you can go. Keep it up! – Leslie

    • Linda replied 1 month ago

      Dear Yojana,
      I am glad about your shadow box because you explained the stereotypes people have been giving you and the fact that you address your identity expression. One sentence you wrote that stand out for me is “I speak three different languages”. I think this is delightful because it is wonderful to hear someone speak another language without being afraid to address to other people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you talked about stereotyping and I want to hear more about that. Also because this will help other people want to share out more about their personal life just like how you did.

  • Hi I am a freshman at life academy. I really like your post because it talked about racism. I agree with you because I also live in oakland and there is a lot of racism happening here. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is when you said, “I wish that in the future everyone can understand one another’s culture and see things from m…[Read more]

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    • Hello Yojana, my name is Long and I attend Fremont High School where I did the same project. A question I have about your work is what does the house suppose to represent in your shadowbox? A question I have about what you wrote is that you say your race is guatemalan but were you born in America or Guatemala? I really liked that you added family…[Read more]

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