Medium Post #1

For my Digital Story, I have decided to choose option number one, representing meaningful campus engagement. I chose this in particular because I want to discover more about my heritage (Tibetan), so that I’m able to preserve my culture and make my country proud all while being a refugee. I joined my first student club called TASA (Tibetan American Student Association) and I plan to ask them a few questions. Some questions would be:

  • What were the motivations behind joining this club?
  • How could you use what you’ve learned outside of campus?
  • How will you bring together your academic career and your identity?
  • What has your college experience taught you about your identity?

Medium Post #2

I have decided to change my digital story to option number one, auto-ethnographic project.

The following would be additional questions (not revised):

  • What do you as an individual or as a family do to preserve our identity as a person on an everyday basis? For example, how often do you speak your native language? Do you attend social gatherings? (This question would be towards someone from TASA and from a different culture.)

From this video link, I have learned that the younger generations of Tibetans living in India are finding peaceful ways to preserve their culture. They do this by wearing traditional clothes called chupa and choosing to eat at a Tibetan restaurant every Wednesday. For many Tibetans, this ritual called “Lhakar” will be as close as they get to feel like a Tibetan living inside Tibet. Although I’ve heard of “Lhakar” before from my parents, I thought it was meaningless because wearing your culture’s clothes isn’t going to win our country back. However, after hearing the children in the video, I had great respect for the idea of Lhakar because this shows that we are doing the right thing by peacefully spreading awareness of how our culture is at risk of vanishing. Espiecialy in the countries outside of India, where we have less opportunity for interacting and speaking with other Tibetans. http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/tibetan-culture-identity-lhakar/2547877.html

Values:

One important idea I value is happiness in life. I’m talking about the long term happiness. I think the first step into finding happiness is being self aware. This can be done by the technique of meditation where it allows you to critically think about not only the chair you are sitting on but how you are a small tiny dot in the galaxy. Once you are self aware of your surroundings and within, you will soon realize that traveling across the world for happiness is a waste of time and money because ultimately, it’s within you. But I’m not saying that you shouldn’t travel because traveling is full of fun and exciting things although it’s temporary happiness.


Medium Post #3

I AM FROM

Directions: Please compose a personal reflection utilizing the statement “I am from” before each phrase below. Then type and edit without questions, so that you final draft resembles the example provided on your course Moodle site.

I am from . . . (list familiar places, sites, sounds, smells of the neighborhoods you grew up in)

I’m from Tibet, India, Bloomington, Minnesota, Indian Mounds Elementary, Valley View Middle, Kennedy high, peaceful, diverse neighborhoods.

I am from . . . (familiar foods, especially associated with special occasions or family gatherings)

I’m from places where we eat dumplings, rice, hot Cheetos, spaghetti and bagel.

I am from . . . (familiar sayings, expressions, sayings used in your family, or others you heard growing up, think about messages you received about what it means to be a man, woman, and/or religious and cultural messages)

“you are your own master”, “treat others the way you want to be treated”, “karma”

I am from. . . . (family members, ancestors, role models, mentors, heroes)

Dalai Lama, Buddha, Mom, Dad, sister, aunts

a) I thought writing the “I am from” responses were easy because I felt like I didn’t have to think that hard to come up with the responses. It made me think about all the places I’ve to and the wonderful people that have taken part of my life.

b) How we identify ourselves influence who we are because our roots and origin make us realize how we came to be here and allows us to possess a unique perspective to different things.

  1. Our identity is affected in a positive way when we move to different places because it helps us broaden our views on specific ideas however, your values don’t change just because of moving to a different place.
  2. The value of knowing and reflecting on where I am from is huge to me. I can’t imagine not knowing my roots and identifying that person as me. I believe that we can only understand other’s perspective and culture only once we understand our own because this shows that you see each person is also going through the same experience as you.
  3. My attitude towards other types of minority for example, African Americans, Middle Eastern countries, gay couples, disabled people, have gone from ignorant to a little more knowledgeable in terms of the struggles that they face. It’s a completely different feeling between hearing about their struggles through reading books, where I found myself having pity for them, whereas when I got to listen to their experiences during discussion sections had risen a feeling of empathy in me.

c) This would definitely help me in my final digital story because the digital story is supposed to be about my identity. My identity should show how I differ from other people and the “I’m from” excercise helpped me realize this.


Medium Post #4

Topics I plan to cover:

  • Role Models- the poeple I look up to up
  • My ethnicity- the heritage
  • My happiness
  • Family
  • My life in India and United States
  • Career

Quotes/interviews

  • “We can never obtain peace from the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” -Dalai Lama
https://simplelifestrategies.com/quotes-dalailama/

Flow:

  • My transition from life in India to one in United States.
  • Realizing how I was a minority.
  • Finding myself in others (best friends in highschool)
  • Where I see myself in the future, in other words, finding my source of happiness.
  • I want to keep growing and developing my mind.

Medium Post # 5

I think this would be useful in my digital story because it talks about how Minnesota’s graduation gap is increasing more than any other states espiecially for students of color. This would be an important aspect of my story because I’m the first in my family to be attaining a bachelors degree.

Staff, MPR News. “Minnesota’s Graduation Gap: Sources.” Minnesota Public Radio News. N.p., 07 Mar. 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

2.

This article would be useful because it shows how my country is doing everything it can to protect its culture. My heritage is very important to my family and this help me articulate on how Tibetans are close to loosing its culture.

“The Survival of Tibetan Culture.” Cultural Survival. N.p., 19 Feb. 2010. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

3.

Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Howard C. Cutler, and Dalai Lama. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. New York: Riverhead, 1998. Print.

Long term happiness is very important thing I value in my life. By reading this book, I think it will enhance my knowledge of what happiness is and how it could afffect your daily life.

4.

The main reason for going to college is so that I will able to work in a career where I can put forth my best effort and succeed in the future. This is crucial for my identity since your occupation is seem as the biggest part of who you are.

@harvardbiz. “The Key to Choosing the Right Career.” Harvard Business Review. N.p., 07 Aug. 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2016

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