Dance & Culture, An Introduction Into The Course
This was one of my first college classes once I graduated from high school, since I have a fiery passion for the arts and anything dance related I took an interest into taking this course. It was taught by Mr. Benington who did an amazing job at going into greater depth of this course. We were divided among each other in groups and each group had different topic to cover within each chapter and it was a great experience to learn what others thought when reading from the book. Every other day in this class a dance instructor from another culture would come in and educate us on their dance history background and what these dances mean to individual cultures.
We were tasked to upload onto our e-portfolio an assignment from this class at the end of this semester, with this being just recent I thought of just using my dance culture presentation I did. My group was assigned "dragons dance" and we were to talk about the culture behind it, the past and current oppression that Asian- Americans face today in society.
When researching for this assignment I found some very interesting articles when it comes to find out more about Asian- Americans and their culture. Asian- Americans are deemed to be "hardworking" immigrants or deemed as the "model citizen" compared to other minorities here in the states. Asians are stereotyped to be "chinks", that they are excellent at math, or they like eating live animals and it's quite ridiculous. With these hard pressures of being a "model" citizen I feel if this is the reason why Asian- Americans don't want their children to marry outside of their race, mostly due to internal racism built from other oppressing groups, but, a fear of their children not being able to pass down family traditions and dishonoring the head family name. I have always known that the world has been a harsh and tough place, I can somewhat understand why other cultures besides Asian- Americans can think this way but I don't personally agree with it due to the fact that it has a lot of external and internal racism. I think this was the most easiest but challenging assignment to do in this class but it was really fun to go and present this and I hope I can use this and perhaps add more onto it if I were to take a class on dragons dance or if I were to give a lecture on it.