Mary Louise Pratt Edward Said

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The key tools to maintaining your identity There are many tools that one can use to maintain their identity, nationally and internationally. A nation or land is where people have established their life, their culture and their heart; sadly it has happened where people have been forced out of their homeland. Great opening sentences. Mary Louise Pratt, Kenji Yoshino and Edward Said all present very good methods of maintaining one's national identity in their essays. In Mary Louise Pratt's essay Arts of the Contact Zone she gives examples of people who are in a contact zone. Contact zones are where people are meeting other cultures, and they have to remember not to lose their own. (this was a run-on so I made it into two senteces)One of …show more content…

The purpose of his essay is to help the Palestine's rid stereotyping. He writes,
"Memory adds to the unrelieved intensity of Palestinian exile. Palestine is central to the cultures of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism; Orient and Occident have turned it into a legend. There is no forgetting it, no way of overlooking it. The world news is often full of what has happened in Palestine-Israel, the latest Middle East crisis, the most recent Palestinian exploits". (Said 613) Now point out how Said says the world labels Palestinians as "terrorists," but how in his autoethnographic text he tries to dispel this stereotype. His essay talks about common Palestinians, their families, etc. to appeal to the reader's sense of common humanity. This could then tie in with Yoshino's appeal for people to find common humanity by communicating, holding conversations about their identities. This also connects with your next paragraph. Kenji Yoshino is all for showing your true self. He believes people should not have to cover who they really are, Yoshino emphasizes the importance of creating a new civil rights, saying the