Journal 4

The article “A Personal Reflection on Chicana Language an Identity in the US-Mexico Boderlands: The English Language Hydra as Past and Present Imperialism ” by Aja  Y. Martinez is about Aja explains how her linguistic ability was blocked by the system were she was raised in. The system that was created as result of The Treaty  of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, which concluded with the Mexican-American War . She tells her personal story with her parents suffering from practically speaking Spanish and Martinez’s parents deciding that their children should only learn English  leaving her with a broken Spanish from home. She illustrates how being a Chicana assimilated in the American society,she is seen to people where English is a second language due to her race and skin color; consequently, she doesn’t identify herself as either an English speaker or as a Spanish speaker.

A good plot to me needs to have some form of driving force in the story. It doesn’t need to have a moral message, but something should be mentioned that drives the characters and story forward.  Aja Martinez’s article confirms this to me because her driving point is her personal relation with the Spanish language and how it was practically taken from her at youth and she had to earn it back in a harsh way due to the racism she kept receiving.

A story should be organized like a simple one. Beginning, middle, end. There can be some points brought up to the past in the story to explain certain points, but I feel like if it is overused in a story, it ruins and confuses the plot because you wont be able to follow when is when in a story. The article again follows this where it goes through her past chronologically.





Journal 2

In Tiffany Martinez’s journal post “Academia, Love me Back” her message is that even though she has earned and credited for ao much work to fufill her goal of being a professor, she was faced with basically racist remarks like that because of her last name and appearance, she isnt capable of making well worded and structed papers and how from this she felt destroyed, but still manages to push through. Her message is to the flawed academic system for not being able to recognize her work, but recognize her name and face and make assumptions based on one thing alone: her race.  Her progessor saying that her work “wasnt hers” and that it was just cooy and paste demoralized her at first, but soon became her motivation to write in order to be seen more than just a Hispanic, she wants to be seen for her work, not her race.

In the other reading “ Arguements based on Emotion”  the article is all about how most reactions/ emotions made in writing or arguements are the driving force in said piece. This connects to Martinez due to how heartbroken she felt after seeing her paper being basically thrown out  with the ink from her professor saying how hence “isnt her word”, which drove her emotion to want to continue in spite of her professor to fufill her dream.

While I dont have any personal moments that relate to Martinez’s examples, I can certainly agree that the academic system is flawed and may need to be reworked to ensure all students are able to acheive their dreams and goals without hassle or worry.

Journal entry 1: “Mother Tongue”

“Mother Tongue” , by Amy Tan describes an Asian-American writer who found herself realizing that whenever she was talking to her mother or husband that she would change how she spoke English, sounding like “broken” or “limited” English. I don’t personally relate to the broken English part of the story, I do relate to later part of the story where her boss tries to shut her down and tell her she shouldn’t be doing writing. I want to major in Graphic Design, but my friends and some family critized me for it. They asked about it and what the purpose of it even is and one of my family members went as far and asked “How much can that even make?” I understood why they would ask that, but it still felt odd and a bit rude in the tone she put it in.

I feel like my culture doesn’t affect my reading or writing. I was mainly raised English as a kid, only watching English Tv, being told phrases and taught in English and my family, when growing up, regretted that decision because I barely knew any Spanish to communicate with my family. Over time it has gotten better and I can try to hold a conversation in Spanish, but I still don’t feel fluent enough to where it effects me personally and I don’t think it will at all because of growing up for my entire life in English.