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Week 7

ESSAY – 250 words

How did Chavez and boycott organizers strategize to use TV news coverage to gain attention for their movement and do you think the movement would have had the same impact w/o media coverage? Refer to Chapter 2 in your essay.

DISCUSSION – 200 words

People were upset about this and this (same story) . . . WHY? Perhaps these types of opinions stem from some of the historic media coverage we looked at above

Week 8

ESSAY – 250 words

Again, many mainstream newspapers helped foment national hatred and fear against Japanese Americans during WW2 or wrote rather light-hearted stories about the evacuations, like this one . How did camp newspapers show a different view of life in the camps. Do you think they were censored and did that come across in some of the news? Lastly, did the resistance of Omura and Korematsu expose you to another perspective of the treatment of these citizens during the war . . . HOW?http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341300/Sebastien-De-La-Cruz-Brave-11-year-old-mariachi-singer-shrugs-hateful-racist-backlash-NBA-national-anthem-performance-saying-hes-just-proud-American.htmlhttp://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/06/14/191697224/11-year-old-keeps-singing-in-face-of-hatehttp://fair.org/blog/2015/03/24/nyt-reported-japanese-internment-as-pioneering-chapter-in-us-history/

DISCUSSION- 200 words

Asian American college student quotas . . . is this a modern form of WW2 exclusion?

Week 9  

ESSAY– 250 words

Write about the paradox of the ‘model minority’ label. How can positive media coverage be a negative and is the label liberating or restrictive? Pull examples from above reading, video.

DISCUSSION – 200 words

Check out the links below. This was a big story in the media a few years ago and it upset many people, WHY? Post your thoughts about the topic.

Amy Chua’s controversial article

NPR story 1https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.humboldt.edu/usnews/docview/822779513/EF2CAFF689F7473APQ/2?accountid=11532http://www.npr.org/2011/01/14/132940238/A-Memoir-Of-A-Tiger-Mothers-Quest-For-Perfection

NPR story 2

Week 10  


ESSAY– 250 words

– ‘Smoke Signals’ was the first film ever produced, written, directed, acted and technically crafted (camera, sound, editing, casting, etc.) by Native Americans. In watching it, what (if

anything) stood out as different from portrayals talked about in ‘Reel Injun’?


THOUGHTS – 200 words

Arguably, one of the most famous images of Native Americans in mainstream media is in this commercial The Crying Indian – full commercial – Keep America Beautiful . Do some research

about the actor who played the ‘Crying Indian’ character and discuss the following:

– Does it matter who plays Native American characters in movies?

The Real Problem With a Lone Ranger Movie? It’s the Racism, Stupid

Does Disney’s Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them?http://www.npr.org/2011/01/11/132833376/tiger-mothers-raising-children-the-chinese-wayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OHG7tHrNMhttps://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-real-problem-with-a-lone-ranger-movie-its-the-racism-stupidhttp://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/07/02/196333864/does-disneys-tonto-reinforce-stereotypes-or-overcome-them

Week 11  

ESSAY– 250 words

Some of these stories became mainstream news, often cited and talked about. Write about how the wealth of these tribes contrasts with common assumptions about Native Americans in the historical and modern media imagination.

THOUGHTS – 200 words

Do Native Americans have an unfair advantage to acquire wealth through their sovereign/independent status in the U.S. (i.e. casinos, mineral rights, marijuana tourism)? Discuss this after reading the following articles.

Week 12  

ESSAY . . . – 250 words

– Write about the the language of the Florida article and tone of the anti-gay PSA. Note the power of language to debase and dehumanize. Next, write about the bold language in ‘One’ magazine from early 1950s pushing for same-sex marriage!

THOUGHTS . . .- 200 words

– How a same-sex wedding cake controversy made it all the way to the Supreme Court (seems ancient now with recent Supreme Court decision in favor of baker). Do private businesses have this ‘right to refuse service’?/sex-wedding-cake-controversy-made-supreme-court/story?id=55646970″>https://abcnews.go.com/US/sex-wedding-cake-controversy-made-supreme-court/story?id=55646970

Week 13  

ESSAY . . . – 250 words

(Write a paragraph or two for each question)

– What stood out about early AIDS coverage and the depiction of gay culture at the time, in the news in particular?

– ‘Boys in the Band’ was a cutting edge play/movie in the pre-AIDS era. After watching it, what basic message did it try to send to the public at the time?

THOUGHTS . . . -200 words

Discuss the reaction of the morning show hosts to this video of openly gay football player Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on national TV.

– Michael Sam kiss

– Morning talk show reactionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiBQBdV387ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPTFPzEhHIw

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