Write a blog post of your impressions so far of the main character(s) in the novel you are reading. What do you know about this person and how do you know this – through dialogue, descriptions or in other ways? What about their relationship to other characters you have been introduced to? Write 2-3 paragraphs by Monday, January 28.
Comedians Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj use their own experiences and background in their stand-up shows «Homecoming King» and «Son of Patricia».
Write a blog post in which you discuss how they use examples from their own lives to illustrate their experience as immigrants in the USA.
Choose one or two of the sub topics they include in their shows and comment on the questions below:
Do you think other immigrants can recognise the challenges the two talk about being an immigrant or part of an immigrant family? Why? Why not?
Can we learn something about being an immigrant watching these shows? Explain.
Elin and Hanna
Ever since it became an independent country, the dream of a free America “for all” has been present. America had much “empty” land, and people could seek refuge and new opportunities there.
It has always been a country of many cultures, more and more as time went on.
Today we read about the “Disunited Peoples of America” – how people are divided in their views on multiculturalism and how inequality and racism continue to cause problems in the US.
Here you will find letters written between Eddie Glaude and his son Langston in 2016, after a brutal incident of police violence in Louisiana.
Read the letter and write a blog post where you comment on the following:
- what are the events Eddie and Langston are referring to?
- What is the message in each of these letters?
- What kind of impression do you get from the unity, or disunity of the American society from reading these letters?
Democracy is under pressure in many parts of the world. Take a look at this video to find out more.
Another sign of threats to the freedoms associated with democracy, is the number of journalists killed while carrying out their job. According to CPJ, Committee to Protect Journalists, 53 journalists were killed in 2018. Read about some of them here and pick one story that you share and comment on in your blog.
As we are finishing The Kite Runner, the main character has spent many years both in his homeland and as an immigrant in the US. Through Amir we are introduced to both an Afghanistan before and under Soviet rule, and then finally, we get a glimpse of a devastated country under the Taliban.
How did the descriptions of Afghanistan agree with or differ with the ideas and impressions you already had of this country?
What cultural differences become evident in the parts set in the US?
How easy is it for Afghans to settle and find their place in the US?
Write a ONE paragraph blog post answering these questions.
Are multicultural societies doomed to end in conflict? Watch this documentary by Deejah Khan to learn about right wing extremism in the USA.
Listen to 15 year old Greta Thunberg from Sweden address the UN climate plenary in Poland – you are stealing our future
According to the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, the countries represented are getting close to a climate accord.