Archive for February, 2008

Do You Speak American

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2008 by ablanch3

For my next blog I am going to write about the third part of the movie that we had to watch for Friday. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the movie is the game the children played. It is extremely hard to not categorize a face when a specific language is heard. This reminds me of one of the mind games my mother plays on her Nintendo DS where the word of a color (ex. RED) comes up on the screen but the text is not printed in red but in another color but she must read the text. The mind interprets something seen or heard and immediately analyzes it to what we have known in the past. It is very rare we hear an African American speak in another language besides English but it is very possible. The movie also discusses the use of certain words that from one person to another might not mean anything but when coming from someone different might be extremely offensive and disrespectful. The word “queer” is brought up in this category. When two homosexual males are speaking and one uses the word “queer” it would probably not mean a thing. But if a heterosexual male was talking to a homosexual and either called something or someone “queer” there would probably be some problems. From this we can determine that when a common culture or group of people use their type of language it is perfectly fine. Someone looking to join this group will still not be accepted even if they decide to use this groups type of language. In fact, the group is less likely to accept that person because of this.The biggest problem that I have is someone from another country coming to our country and judging us.  I believe that every country has a right to believe their own beliefs.  I do not agree with someone from another country coming here and telling us what we do to language.  If someone had such a problem with it they should take it up with their own country; not criticize ours for their problems.  


Article Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2008 by ablanch3

The cultural information present in this article includes information on all immigrants, both legal and illegal. The article discusses the topic of legal immigrants here in America on “H-visas” being taken away from the jobs that our industry demands for or that we as Americans just do not want to do. These jobs include software engineers, hotel employees, seafood processors, landscapers, and vegetable pickers.

To find more information on this topic fieldworkers might ask first who has issued these immigrants their “H-visas”. Where these immigrants received their visas might be able to be used to keep them in America and continue their work. Fieldworkers might also ask if these visas are such a problem for America then why were they issued to begin with? Most of these immigrants receive these temporary visas to come to America and make money to support their families back home in Mexico.

For this topic, a fieldworkers question might differ from a journalists question in that the fieldworker would ask questions to gain information for a non-biased audience. The journalist might ask questions to keep his readers attention or to write an article that most of his viewers would agree with.

Fieldworkers might want to gather information on when this issue became a problem, how many immigrants will be affected by it, and when we can expect to see some changes. All of these questions, when answered, will help any reader understand what change can be expected due to this issue.

The fieldworker might want to research some of America’s immigration laws before putting together a report. Knowing the subject can help the fieldworker give a more conclusive opinion. Also, the fieldworker might want to find out how long the “H-visas” are supposed to last and if there is a “contract” involved that would prohibit the U.S. from taking these immigrants from the America.

To find these sources the fieldworker might want to start by reading up on recent congress events and maybe even traveling to Washington D.C. to find out what exactly is going to happen with this issue.