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Muslim Americans and Border Security

Posted by litdaily on March 10, 2011

NPR gives voice to the plight of Muslim Americans who cross U.S. borders…>>

While the article is certainly interesting (and nothing new in the state of affairs for Muslim Americans or those who appear Muslim), I think the picture they have posted captures it all.  A white, male, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, looking larger than life itself, polices the border.  While his formidable expression, determined gait, and giant presence may make Americans feel more secure, it presents a threatening figure for the Others that want to encroach upon American soil.


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Narratives of Adoption and Race

Posted by litdaily on September 7, 2010

In this article, “Transracial Adoption from the Adoptee’s Point of View,” C.N. Le stresses the importance of considering issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in celebratory narratives of adoption (especially those of Asian descent) in the media…more>>

He urges the necessity of viewing adoption as traumatic and inflected by racial issues.  The article is heartfelt and boldly intervenes in the western “humanitarian” rhetoric on adopting children from “Third World” countries.  It also places emphasis on the intangible elements that are lost when adoption occurs, such as language, regardless of the age of the adoptees.

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