For our three “something new” assignments: a review, creative writing, and nontextual, I focused on the idea of the human. What makes someone human? Who am I to make the criteria? Does anyone have that ability? Some of these questions were given a basis during Humanities. I found myself captivated by the other, and how we put humans in distinct categories and even try to label them as nonhuman.
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Below is a summary of each one.
An excerpt of a book I created filled with photos from my childhood as well as parts of my mother’s blog. Through the photos and writings, I try to allow you to see my humanity without owning it.
A collection of four poems I have written throughout the year. The first poem grapples with the conceptual scheme of race and how the world needs to be reordered to see the humanity in each person. The other three are a response to Dr. Tamura’s unit about transgenerational trauma and using the physical body to show suffering. I try to come to terms with two competing identities, one of the oppressor and one of the oppressed. Through metaphors of the body and the contrast between physical and abstract, I examine the melancholy of not knowing what is missing except for fear. I try to see the similarities and what connections can be made. I end with a hope for in the future I can humanize both parts of myself and have them live in harmony.
A review of Dr. Kinan Azmeh, a Syrian musician, who redefines what home is. I summarize the techniques he uses to never build up glass walls between cultures and always finding a point of connection.
After reading and scrolling through these please move onto the writing pieces I wrote throughout the year (one at the beginning and one at the end).