Fadwa's Story, Intergenerational Mourning, and My Take Away from Persepolis

  Fadwa's Story Fadwa’s story matters because she represents many of the national protests that are not being acknowledged by media. Moreover, she represents the women who are being oppressed, yet are bold enough to speak out against dictatorship. Kristen McTighe stated in her article that Morocco is described as country where “unmarried mothers are ... [Read more...]

Forced Religion and Misogynistic Iran

In Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, religion is controlling rather than liberating. The main character, Marji, and other muslims within this story have tensions with the forcing of religion on society from the government, and in result, they begin to lose their Muslim faith. Mrs. Nasrine, the maid of Marji's family, is displayed taking off her religious ... [Read more...]

Masuji Ono's Post-Prime Age

Masuji Ono spends  a lot of time reminiscing about his days as an artist. I sense that he is feeling melancholy as he remembers the better days of his past when he was an artist under Master Takeda and with his colleagues. The following quote is of Masuji Ono remembering exploring with his colleagues to ... [Read more...]

The Common Inaccurate Depiction of Witches and Witchcraft + Yale Minority Student Protest

In western culture, witches are often depicted as ugly, evil, and old women, which is--in most cases--an inaccurate picture of the practice of witchcraft or witches. These images and perceptions arise from the display of witches in movies, Halloween costumes, and many sources of media. Although the topic of witchcraft may seem insignificant to many ... [Read more...]

Healing of Songs and Image

How do songs heal people?   Music can bring people to mutual understanding of each other, progressively freeing the hearts of individuals who are in need of healing. Dr. Segall's Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa demonstrates the reconciliation of different groups of people through music; as Monwa talks about how remembering and singing songs ... [Read more...]

Preface and Introduction Questions 1 and 7

Preface: What stories had been "largely forgotten" by the western press, in this example? How do the highlights of the western press influence a sense of global memory/forgetting? The stories that have been largely forgotten by the western press are about the young democracy of Kurdish women formed in Iraqi Kurdistan; the women who advocate ... [Read more...]