I was placed to work in a group of three people. It started off as an interesting dynamic, because the project was intended to work in groups of two, but we held it down and worked very well together. I worked with Lauren and Elizabeth. Elizabeth and myself took turns in the role of the researcher, while lauren was participant both times. I found it very interesting to be both the researcher and the participant because the roles were totally different.

As a participant, I was asked very good questions that lead to detailed answers.. “what would i change about QC’s dining services?” I was also asked “what are some things that QC could offer for a healthier selection?”.. Interestingly enough, I had thought about this scenario before.. so the answers came so easily to me. I took the researcher to the Dining Hall and we took a look at the vending machines, drinking fountains and the on the go options. We saw that every vending machine and soda fountain was all Coca Cola owned, that there are not enough water fountains and the vegetables, fruits and healthy options were all disproprotionately much more expensive.. Elizabeth and Lauren said that they really didnt put much thought into it, mainly because they don’t really dine here at QC. After more conversation, the researcher was very shocked to hear the stories i shared about Coca Cola being exploitative and completely inhumane towards people in the bottling plants in Colombia, South America ( http://killercoke.org/ ). It was definately fun to interact and share some of the things we did during the project.

As the researcher, i found it a little more difficult than imagined.. coming up with questions was harder than being asked questions. The participants definately aided in showing me what they felt were highly needed improvements for the college campus. I hadn’t really placed much thought into this aspect of college life so I needed more time to come up with good questions. I felt that the amount of time we had left over was not enough. I learned with this project that i need more than 10 minutes to come up with good questions for fieldwork experiences like this one.

I’m someone who loves discussion on social stratification in our society… not to dwell on it, but to shed light to issues that affect people of color, women, queer and transgender folk, people of working class and those who are “poor”. The intersections of these communities and how they interact with media, culture, social institutions and interpersonal situations. So, i find myself wanting to focus on something of this nature.

1. One idea is to focus on the objectification, and sensationalization transwomen in our culture through media and how that influences and alters the general population’s perception of that community. So I guess it’d be along the lines of transwomen and media portrayals.

The Tyra Banks Show

Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency

2. Another idea that I have is about body modification (tattoos, peircings, etc.) and its appropriation into our present day society, without the knowledge of the meaning and significance of such practices by other societies (i.e. indigenous peoples, the aborigenese, people of Africa, etc.). Narrowing this topic down, I’d say it’d be along the lines of cultural appropriation, racism and disrespect of cultural traditions.

So, I sat in the livingroom at my mom’s place. Across from the antique chair I always sit on is a huge lump of unhollow cardboard with my mother and uncle’s personal belongings. I find it crazy how two people’s complete lives fit into 13 boxes. I see boring plain boxes, with the exception of some blue and red sticking out. I also see shiny, glossy tape holding the boxes tightly confined, restricting the contents within to spill out. The room seems a lot smaller than it really is because everything in the apartment has been placed in the livingroom. Everything seems lifeless, colorless and plain, mainly because everything that gave the room life, is no longer out in the open. It’s been packes away for relocation.

Peace folks! I’m Devin. I’m looking forward to this class because I’m a visual learner, as are many others. I hope you learn a little something about me from this post. So, I’m a double major in Sociology and Latin American Studies, with a minor in Africana Studies. I often get asked “Why Africana Studies?”. I’m kind of used to hearing that question.. just look at my picture and you’ll get a better glimpse as to why.

This picture is an extension of myself. This is my family. It was taken at the Marcia Family Reunion (my matriarchal family reunion) on August 2008. We have family reunions every year on Labor Day weekend. Our family reunions happen to be a huge deal to both the adults and the youth. Why is this picture a representation of me? Well, because family is important to me. I am a first generation Salvadoran American.

A little herstory; The most of the adults in the picture migrated to the US because to the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). My family is proudly from La Union, El Salvador a region of the Central American country that was highly impacted by the civil war. We are all “mestizo”. But I prefer to say we are of Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous descent. I love this picture because it shows all aspects of me, and explains “Why Africana Studies?”. Being of indigenous and afro-indigenous descent, I find that it plays a big role in in my identity and culture. It is evident from the food that we eat to the language dialect of spanish that we speak that our ancestry has played a big role in our way of being. El Salvador has historically denied african ancestry ever existing there. By looking at my family, that is comepletely incorrect.

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