Memoirs of Life in South Africa

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

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Blog 9: Ideas for project

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

For my research project I would like to create a parallel between what it felt like for me to be labeled colored in South Africa and what it felt like to be labeled “light skin” in Haiti. I am the same color everywhere, but my color means something different depending on where I am; creating […]

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Laughter is good for the soul.

January 23rd, 2012 by raquelabraham · No Comments · Uncategorized

Humor Laughter is good for the soul Everyone Knows It covers wounds that don’t tend show But How is Laughter good for the soul it speaks the truth and everybody knows humor hides the pain one feels inside Some keep it in because they have too much pride humor allows one to no longer hide […]

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Blog #11

January 23rd, 2012 by mikestrianese · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Blog 10: Option 1: Write a satirical account of a Cape Town expeirence or Option 2: Write about how humor may be used to counter injustice or respond to suffering.   Today was overbearingly hot.  Maybe I’m crazy but the sun feels stronger in Africa.  Dat African sun does damn burn! I wonder if the […]

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My Story Was Unheard.

January 23rd, 2012 by raquelabraham · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The testimony I chose was from the “Women Hearings” was on the case of Simon Fonko Malakoane. To give a brief summary, this case was about a couple who were separated during a tragic shooting. The couple was outside when a group of people started shooting at them. The husband managed to run away but […]

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What do Neil Armstrong and Michael Jackson have in common…..

January 22nd, 2012 by Nathalie Nieves · No Comments · Uncategorized

Humor is whatever people find funny. The jokes can be sarcastic, satirical, ironic, witty, corny, knee slappers…the list goes on. The elements behind humor are based on uncomfortable or taboo topics that are offered up for entertainment. The reason why people think it’s funny is because they are so far removed from the awkward situations […]

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HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

January 20th, 2012 by Nathalie Nieves · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The ideas of language and how individuals within different social, economic and racial classes interpret their experiences discussed in class today were really interesting. I am a strong believer in how narrative can be manipulated by an individual’s personal consciousness greatly influences how they interpret and share events in their lives. The case I chose […]

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Through translation, you are silencing me….

January 20th, 2012 by Merzela · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Blog 11: Choose a piece of testimony in the “Special Hearings” section of the TRC web site and present it for the rest of us. Be sure to use quotations from the piece you choose. Make a connection to an idea Krog writes about in her book. I will give a brief summary of KEDEBONI […]

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A memory at the Market Place

January 20th, 2012 by Merzela · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Blog 7: Tell a story about a Cape Town experience (keeping Eakin’s ideas about autobiography in mind). For the first time, I was starting to feel at home in Cape Town. The highlight of my day began when with the Mellon Fellowship, I took a trip to the market. We were encouraged to tag along […]

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Blog 9- Project Ideas

January 19th, 2012 by Talisa Feliciano · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I still want to do a video essay with visibility as the topic or theme.  Today’s class made me reflect on motive.  I think a great way of incorporating my motive and making it clear to the audience would be to introduce it in the beginning of the video.  My motive is to present and […]

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Blog 8- Eakin’s rules

January 19th, 2012 by Talisa Feliciano · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

On the first township tour I went on, the infamous terrible tour guide gave us a detailed biography of her life in District 6.  She spoke of being coloured despite “looking white,” of the official testing procedures that determined race, of the anguish of being re-located, of participating in protests, and of the divisions within […]

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