Various Aspects of Identity

On December 9th, you and three of your classmates, will give a presentation on one (of seven) aspects of identity: sexual (orientation), class, caste, gender, disability, religious or ethnic. I have assigned you to a group, selected a reading for your group to use as one of your references, along with one or more related videos.

The readings are from a variety of academic sources and were carefully chosen to help you find out some key aspects of the type of identity to which you were assigned. For your 10-15 presentation, you need not summarize the entire article. I would like you simply to get what you feel are the important points out of it that can help you explain clearly to the class what is involved in your assigned aspect of identity.

The YouTube videos are meant to give you a more emotional and empathetic understanding of the identities. You should use other video or text sources, including recent related news stories. In the course of your presentations, also try to respond to the following questions.

  • What challenges do these people face in blending in with mainstream culture or with others in their minority group?
  • What steps–if any–do they take to blend in better?
  • Do they feel accepted by members of the mainstream culture? If not, in what way(s) do they experience alienation or rejection?
  • How do the various aspects of identity (family, gender socialization, ethnicity, age, professional, or religious) come together to influence their life experience?
  • What strategies do these people use to actively cope with challenges or issues faced by problematic aspects of their identity?
  • If you were friends with people like this, how would you support them?

[Please note that some of the above questions are more appropriate to some of the aspects of identity than others. If the question does not fit what you read about or what you see in the videos, you don’t need to answer it. The important thing in your presentation is to tell your classmates what important and fascinating points you learned, through your reading and viewing, about the identity that was assigned to you.]

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****** Class ******

This group includes: ASANUMA AIRI, ISHIKAWA MAI, INOMATA MIZUKI, and WAKABAYASHI TOMOMI.

READING
CLASS IDENTITY READING

REFERENCE VIDEOS
Growing Up in Poverty in the USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98qDo59j0VM
Classism and Poverty in America’s Schools
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSgrN-XYkVI

****** Caste ******

This group includes: KANEKO AIRITHERESA, MIURA AYAKO, JIN LIANHUA, and NOTAKI HARUKA.

READING
CASTE IDENTITY READING

REFERENCE VIDEO
Part I – Untouchability & Casteism (Castes) Still EXISTS even Today in India- 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKZxAAAiJdg

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****** Disability ******

This group includes: HOSAKA MIWAKO, SAITO YUKI, WADA RIKA, and AONO KEIKO.

READING
http://www.aogaku-daku.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/disability.pdf

REFERENCE VIDEOS
Identity: Students With Disabilities at UT – Oscar Ocuto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0gHp1v81Hw
Francesca Martinez on The Frank Skinner Show: Parts 1 – 3 (jump to 04:00 in part 1)
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXE-gao8NMw
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQQ3sM85oYY
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDb22F9jldo&feature=related

****** Ethnicity ******

This group includes: AMAYA MIHO, IITSUKA KENSUKE, FUJII HIROMI, and KUMAZAWA RYUGO.

READING
http://www.cl.aoyama.ac.jp/~dias/pdfs/ethnic.pdf

REFERENCE VIDEOS
Ethnic Identity Video series
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82525F4345E53D30
Growing Up Bi-Racial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjl70UHd7d4&feature=related

****** Gender ******

This group includes: KOIDE YUKI, MORITA YU, SHIMAZU HIROYUKI, and TAJIMA MAO.

READING
http://www.cl.aoyama.ac.jp/~dias/pdfs/gender.pdf

REFERENCE VIDEOS
FULL STORY: Gender Identity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI_kcwkaNrI

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****** Sexual Orientation ******

This group includes: TSUKAHARA RISAKO, HAGIWARA YASUSHI, TAKAHASHI MARYLAINE, and MATSUMOTO KINARI.

READING
http://www.cl.aoyama.ac.jp/~dias/pdfs/sexual orientation.pdf

REFERENCE VIDEO
GLAAD President: Gay Identity Involves “Inviting People to Understand”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToobsdVbbKs

****** Religious ******

This group includes: YODA HIKARI, YONEMORI SAKI, ITOU AIKO, and HATTORI MASAMI

READING
http://www.agu4u.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/muslimIdentity.pdf

REFERENCE VIDEO
Muslim Identity documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEe5tZAsKsU
‘Disgraced’ interrogates definitions of identity and Islam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuZXPJbUx5k

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