Dorinne Kondo Crafting Selves Analysis

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“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” this African proverb highlights the issue in which individuals constantly find themselves where their identity becomes threatened. Dorrinne Kondo expresses this idea in an excerpt from her book, Crafting Selves titled “On Being A Conceptual Anomaly”. Dorinne Kondo is a Japanese American Professor who research in Tokyo, but due to her place of work not being move-in ready,she was offered to stay with native Japanese family in which developed a struggle of her identity as a Japanese American and her own view of her identity. Ms. Kondo’s research which explores the strict lifestyle within the Japanese community and discrimination against Japanese Americans. This excerpt also …show more content…
Konda audience are people that have dealt with doubts due to their pictorial roots. Ms. Kondo gives in until she realizes that bowing, retaining her American persona, although she was “physically” Japanese. Dorinne Kondo, a Japanese American professor of anthropology and writer The author, Ms. Kondo has difficulty accepting herself as a Japanese American. She instead tries to re-invented herself as solemnly Japanese. The author argues that Japanese individuals have identified issues which she has personally had experience with her intergrading in the culture in Tokyo while still preserving her American culture. Asian Americans are viewed as more foreign than other kids of Americans.” I removed myself physically from their exclusively Japanese environment” Ironically, it is seen by the conversations with members of the family that they did not embrace Western culture in a welcoming manner. “I found that the desire of dissonance and distress, I found that the desire for comprehensible order in the form “fitting in” even if it meant suppression of violence against a self I had known in another context” And it was seemed clear when Ms. Kondo shared that Mrs. Sakamoto confided to me that she could never allow a” pure American to live with them. “This demonstrated the pressure in which Ms. Kondo was subdued to satisfy the temporary Japanese family that she was staying. with felt forced to embrace her Japanese heritage, although was not in touch with …show more content…
I was convinced with Kondo’s argument from her Crafting Selves excerpt that self-identity is essential to a person’s state of well-being. It was not only powerful to be put in a situation where the individual is forced to act like a stereotypical way because of their race. W.E Bois is one of the few that struggle with the double-consciousness issue in which individuals struggled to be who they really were due to outside expectations. As a Japanese American Ms. Kondo at one point gave in to the social pressure in which she was forced to act upon while being taken care of but when she saw herself in the mirror her identity was unrecognizable and uncomplicated to relate to. Meanwhile, the article written by Arceneaux was exactly less convincing because he sounded like the traditional Japanese family that did not accept individuals to the cook outs because they were not black. My issue with these types of statements is that race is in the skin but it does not validate what I should be or how I should act. Arceneaux states multiple times that white people A person who has melanin-deficiency should not be belittled based on their references. although Arceneaux states that is no “shade being thrown his satirical tone says otherwise. there is a difference between patriotism or pride for your race but it does not have to mean that belittling other races as “plus-ones” should be

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