I did, however, find the sociology option very interesting. The subject matter kept my attention. It was interesting for me to think about analyzing those excerpts because I am very familiar with The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. Last year I took an Asian American literature class at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. We saw a video of the author reading parts of her book and commenting on them. This was very interesting to me. At that time I was analyzing my own position in a strange place and I felt I really understood her position.
I knew my visit to Hilo was temporary, but I still experienced some of the stages discussed in the text. Because of my own experience, examining immigrants' accounts was even more of interest to me. I understood the excerpts because I was able to analyze them.
Analyzing is an everyday activity. We analyze our options daily. Before I decide to skip a class I think up the pros and cons. Before I go out on a Monday night I analyze the consequences that may follow. This is weighing my options. It is different than analyzing the stories of immigrants in the United States. The two are connected, however. In each, points are plucked from the scenario and compared. This comparing is necessary in analyzing. One excerpt can be analyzed, but in our heads we are still comparing the events to some we have personal experience of or to other events from the excerpt itself.
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