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This entry will be your first assignment. A colleague of mine teaches ENGL 102, which is a first year composition course. When you pass the CUNY entrance writing exam (CUNY Writing Assessment Test, or CATW), you will have to take this course. My colleague has agreed to let us look at some of the work that she does in this first year seminar. Right now her students are reading an article entitled "Paper Tigers" by Wesley Yang. This article is part of her unit on cultural stereotypes. She and her class have been talking about the following issues after reading this article:
- How "marginalized" people often "internalize" the stereotypes being spread by the mainstream culture
- How cultural misunderstandings lead to stereotypes
- How people learn to cope with these stereotypes, either by rejecting their "home" culture and assimilating or resisting (where is the spectrum of potential responses to cultural stereotyping?)