Mimi Nguyen Calls University Of California Asian

Mimi Nguyen Calls University Of California Asian

Mimi Nguyen Calls University Of California Asian

Answer one of the three questions below. 300 word minimum. Don’t forget
to include quotes and page numbers and to use analysis and evaluation. When
analyzing film and poetry, cite specific language that is used and analyze! I provided lecture pdf, grading rubric pdf. In addition, I provided supplemental PDFs to use to answer the question!

1. What factors, according to Yen Le Espiritu, have led to the invisibility of Southeast Asian
experiences in dominant media representations of the Vietnam War? How does this silence
perpetuate war trauma? How does storytelling/1.5 generation poetry work through and make
visible this history of war trauma? Anida Yoeu Ali seems to suggest a “debt” to those who have
been lost rather than a debt to the US for providing refuge and freedom. Closely analyze the
language and imagery of the poem(s).

2. “Kelly Loves Tony” represents the experiences of two 1.5 generation Mien youth. While this
film is produced “independently” by an Asian American film maker, how might it still be
participating in “controlling ideas” about Asian women who need to be saved from their
oppressive cultures? What other dominant ideas do you see the film supporting? For example,
explore the film’s polarization of Asian women (Kelly) as desirable and Asian men (Tony) as
undesirable? Is there a dominant image of a “model minority,” or what Mimi Nguyen calls
“refugee exceptionalism”?

3. What are some characteristics of the 1.5 generation according to Zhou and Ocampo? How do
you see these characteristics represented in the poetry of Bao Phi and Anida Yoeu Ali? How do
Phi and/or Ali re-figure what Mimi Nguyen calls “refugee exceptionalism” that is based on the
“debt of freedom” to the US? How might they refigure the idea of “debt” to include loss and
trauma? Closely analyze the language and imagery of the poem(s).