Then, Lauren presented ground rules in order to build our vocabulary for successful dialogue.
After that, Jeffrey and Linda discussed the topics that we will be focusing on this semester, which are the: DREAM Act and Economic Development of Chinatown.
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Reflection of session:
By: Bernice Chan
I can't believe I've been so ignorant about issues facing immigrants. Mae has told me before that Chinatown is really changing-- will it be vastly different a few decades from now? I also got this feeling that I have to stay in NYC for college because there's so much work that needs to be done-- is this as extensive in other places with large Asian populations? The thing is, though, am I needed here? There's problems with gentrification shaping a new Chinatown but there are already organizations such as CAAAV fighting against it. It makes me wonder if I'm more needed elsewhere. Instead of being another somebody in an organization, I want to be the someone elsewhere. Hm.
We talked about the Dream Act and I don't know enough about it or why immigration positively impacts our economy. Immigrants clearly contribute to society but do these benefits outweigh the costs that other claim they take up? How many people would the Dream Act potentially impact?
We learned new terms and I really have a problem with the term "people of color" because that means, well colloquially, it seems to refer to white or black-- what color is Asian? I don't identify as a person of color. The idea of multiplicity-- a Japanese man's nationalism to be Brazilian and others assuming him to be from Japan is really interesting. I'm told the littlest things intrigue me.
On the train ride here, the D had a service change and stopped at Atlantic as the last stop. The train conductor made an announcement in English and I saw a Hispanic couple and an old Chinese woman still sitting there with her cart, had no idea what was going on. I've been saying there needs to be more cultural competence in health services, but there's even a need for it in the MTA especially since there's so much diversity on the trains. There's so much need everywhere.