Unit 1 Assignment 1 by Jordan Satch

Group A

Q. To what extent can one determine their own identity despite the environment they live in? (political, social, geographical…)

Agree: All 3 authors agree that stories are told by those in power, those who have the opportunity to speak. Identity is multi-faceted and cannot be determined by one factor. Identity can be affected by the powerful particularly with how stories are told. The generaralisation of immigrants is problematic (eg Africa as a country, or the tokenisation of immigrant speakers)

Disagree: Maalouf discusses the hostility that immigrants can receive for embracing their cultural roots, whereas Adichie was expected to fit in to her national stereotype once arriving in the USA. They seem to have different theories on why cultural identity is still an issue today, whether it be a lack of education or an active choice. 2

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