Memoirs of Life in South Africa

English 162: Literature and Place (A Queens College Study Abroad Course)

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Blog #13

January 29th, 2012 by mikestrianese · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Blog 12: Write about something you learned in Cape Town. Suggestion: Use images or video. On January 4, 2012 I went to the District Six Museum in Cape Town.  I was surprised by its size, my initial conception had a much larger building in mind.  One of the first things I noticed was that many exhibits […]

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Blog #12

January 29th, 2012 by mikestrianese · No Comments · Uncategorized

The post (http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/special/media/media02.htm — sorry, the hyperlink won’t work) I chose deals with a theft charge against Ms. Mayet and  Phil Timkhulu, founding members of the Union of Black Journalists, or UBJ.  Mayet and Timkhulu were charged with having stolen money from the state liquidator when the UBJ and other organizations were banned on October 19, 1977. […]

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Blog 12-Baboon Problem

January 28th, 2012 by Talisa Feliciano · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

One of the most recent things I have learned in Cape Town is the problem between humans and baboons.  I never knew that baboon raids were a problem in Cape Town.  For some reason I had assumed that baboons, like birds, dogs, rats, and cats may be some nuisance to humans but that humans learned […]

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Blog 11-TRC Testimony

January 28th, 2012 by Talisa Feliciano · No Comments · Uncategorized

The testimony I chose is by Joyce Marubini from the “Women’s Hearings” section.  Joyce Marubini was arrested along with 5 other women.  All of those arrested were part of a youth organization that Marubini referred to as the “youth league.”  At the time of the arrest Joyce Marubini was the youth organizer of this particular […]

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Blog 10- The use of humor

January 28th, 2012 by Talisa Feliciano · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Humorous subjects are often those that people feel uncomfortable talking about.  Topics can often include politics, social tensions, and racial tensions among other things.  Successful humor depends on the context.  If a comedian is speaking about an unfavorable politician, for example, it is important that the audiences/viewers understand the political situation.  In this way humor […]

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Erin & Stephanie Dancing at Moyo

January 25th, 2012 by Jason Tougaw · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Dancing at Moyo

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A way of life

January 25th, 2012 by Merzela · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Blog 8: Choose a life story you’ve encountered during your time in Cape Town and reflect on it through the lens of Eakin’s essay “Rules of the Game.” Raquel and I decided to have breakfast at a café on the main road. The others had gone shark cave diving or to the beach to surf. […]

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Blog 12: What I’ve learned

January 25th, 2012 by stephaniejeanbaptiste · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

One of the main things I learned in Cape Town is to not assume. Of course it is something I’ve always tried to learn how not to do, but somehow it seemed to have sinked in while being here. I learned how not to assume that the townships would be crawling with dirt and beggars […]

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Blog 11: TRC… What good is it in the end?

January 25th, 2012 by stephaniejeanbaptiste · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The piece I chose from the TRC website was in the Women’s hearing section was the Case of Kedeboni Dube. This testimony is the story of a woman who had been falsely accused of stealing from bodies and was then raped and contaminated with syphilis. She then describes the hassles of living with the disease […]

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Blog 10: Humor (Option 2)

January 25th, 2012 by stephaniejeanbaptiste · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

What makes something funny? I believe it is the unexpected, the vulgar, the unspoken obvious truth and if one is talented, the controversial that make something funny. Now honestly, I believe that humor is probably the safest way to counter injustice. Because of humor, the words you say, or the truth you say will not […]

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