Final Essay Assignment
This assignment asks you to compare & contrast the Traditional and Popular Cultural Beliefs in David Mura’s “Reflections of My Daughter” as to why people enter into interracial relationships. He discusses the appearance of self-hate represented in his choice of marrying a white woman. When recalling a poem he wrote entitled The Color of Desire he said, “at one point, the poem asks this question: ‘Father, mother, / I married a woman not of my color. / What is it I want to escape?’”
Traditional Belief – People of color who marry outside of their race “want to escape” from their culture, values and/or themselves.
Popular Culture Belief – People of color who marry outside of their race don’t “want to escape” from their culture, values and/or themselves, instead they are driven by love.
This assignment asks you to investigate the Traditional and Popular Cultural Belief as to why people enter into interracial relationships. The goal of this essay is for you to develop a perspective on these beliefs via your research. Additionally, consider the following when writing your paper:
Compare & Contrast – This is a comparative Essay! Be sure to compare and contrast the Traditional Belief to the Popular Cultural Belief within your paper.
Theme/Topic – Clearly share your understanding of both the Traditional and Popular Cultural Belief as to why people enter into interracial relationships in your introductory paragraph. NOTE: You may choose any group of “color” to explore, e.g. Dominican Females, Chinese men, etc. But you MUST write about the above topic and show that you comprehend the theme(s) presented therein.
Thesis – You are tasked with proposing a thesis that guides you to develop a perspective on the belief presented in the topic. Your thesis should also be included in your introductory paragraph.
Roadmap – Your introductory paragraph should describe the roadmap that you will follow to transition the belief presented in your paper into your perspective on the topic.
Perspective – In the end, the outcome of your research and examination of both the Traditional Belief and the Popular Culture Belief will lead you to a perspective.
Research – When developing your perspective, please remember to apply deductive reasoning through research and examination of the facts, rather than inductive reasoning.
Conclusion – Ultimately, you must articulate your newly developed perspective. While researching for this paper, you may find that your perspective is in sync with the Traditional Belief or perhaps your perspective is more in agreement with the Popular Cultural Belief. It is entirely possible to have developed an alternative perspective on your topic.
Directions for Paper
1. Your paper should be no less than 4 full pages
2. 12-point font
3. Times New Roman font
4. Double spaced
5. Standard margins
6. Include page numbers
7. Include a cover sheet (see attached sample provided), which is not to be included in your page count.
8. Include a bibliography (see attached sample provided), which is not to be included in your page count.
9. Endnotes (sample provided at the end of these instructions)
10. Please choose a specific citing style, i.e. MLA, Chicago Manual Style, etc.
11. *** 4 Scholarly sources (Two of which must be from outside of the assigned books “Half and Half”, and movies
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967); The Loving Story (2011); Jungle Fever (1991); Havoc (2005); The Namesake (2006); My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002); Our Family Wedding (2010); Something New (2006).”
And One must come from this class books or movies)