In Yamashita’s I Hotel, she attempts to bring alive the collectivist spirit of the 1960s and 70s as a way to inspire, change and action rather than complacency. Through her text, Yamashita seeks to refresh ethnic American politics by looking back to the 60s and 70s when inter-ethnic movements first developed. Many activists are depicted as individuals who are willing to experiment and try different methods in order to bolster their perspective movement. Told through a series of historical anecdotes, Yamashita develops the deeper idea behind International Hotel. She preaches the idea to be radical, collective, and collaborative to successfully enact change. Yamashita portrays activists of the time as inter ethnic groups of people who all want equality and justice for all and are willing to work together in order to achieve it. Despite difference of heritage, most of the activists have si...
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... was not present to see. Through poetics and story telling, authors give a more emotional feeling to important events that must be witnessed and remembered. Although resurrecting the past can be a struggle and cause emotional pain, it can also help to soothe people’s spirits. In The House on Mango Street, Ceremony, “Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe,” and Zoot Suit each tell a unique story that offers a new perspective and understanding of a culture. Texts that offer a look into the multicultural world we all live in, enables us to reconfigure our understanding of diversity and allows us to revaluate the importance and the presence of race and culture in daily life. Through writing and storytelling, we can also extend our knowledge about parallel cultures by exposing ourselves to the differences and similarities between our own culture and that of other groups.
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