You will be expected to complete one 1000-1500 word (5-6 pages) integration paper that demonstrates critical thought and analysis. These papers should integrate theoretical frameworks covered in lecture and the assigned readings with your personal reflections on the themes and/or topics covered for that unit. These integration papers should be written argumentatively and academically, but should also provide an opportunity for you to dialogue with the author(s) being covered for that unit and with me to demonstrate your engagement in the course and course materials.
Each integration paper should address questions of:
- What are the issues/problems that the author(s) are engaging with and what are the questions driving their research?
- What are the key terms, concepts, and arguments that the author(s) discuss? Why is this material relevant to Vietnamese American identity?
- What is the evidence that the author(s) provide that substantiates their argument? How do they make their case?
- How do the readings for this unit connect to lectures and other readings in the course that have been covered so far? How does this material frame or shape Vietnamese America?
- What points do the author(s) make that you find most compelling or that you have critiques of? What questions are you left with? Does the material counter any preexisting dominant notions of Vietnamese America and/or Vietnamese American identities?
- How do the themes/topics that are covered relate to your personal experience/prompt you to reflect upon your experience in a particular way?
- PROMPT: Viet Thanh Nguyen begins Nothing Ever Dies with “All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” Drawing from course material from Weeks 1-6, articulate in a 3-4 page (at least) essay why it is important, or not, nearly 45 years after the end of the Vietnam War on April 30th, 1975, to revisit histories and narratives of the Vietnam War. Is it necessary to continue to fight this war in memory? What are the relationships (cultural, social, economic, etc) that Vietnamese refugees, immigrants, and their descendants have to the memory of Vietnam?
Provide examples from at least three (3) readings/evidence from the films from class, and at least two (2) from The Best We Could Do that support your points.
Some additional questions to consider: How have narratives of this eponymous war been told, and how do the authors that we have been reading counter or support these narratives? Why might it be necessary to understand war to understand Vietnamese American communities? How has the plight of the refugee subject served to shape a Vietnamese American identity?
Please submit your essay as a Google Document link
following are the linkOh, Saigon: A War in the Family Film Screening
and I will attach the two article of nothing ever dies.