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February 21, 2010

Taranga and stereotypes

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In order to open space for you to leave comments, I have decided to duplicate the post that I did on this outing for 1st ESO students. The show was exactly the same, but your perspective and understanding is surely different.

What is a stereotype?

A limiting preconceived idea that many people have about a culture different from their own.

If you run a search in Google and you write “Spanish man”, and then “Spanish woman”, and you click on images, this is what pops up in the screen.

According to the stereotype, Spanish people would be lazy; food lovers (Paella) ;bull fighters; always late; “know how to live”; wine-drinking and ham-eating; temperamental; affectionate; look like Antonio Banderas; everybody smokes and talks all the time; proud and patriotic and  temperamental.

Do you feel all the people you know fit in this  pattern? do you think stereotypes limit our understanding of things?

Did “Taranga” question or contribute to the stereotype of Africa and African people?

We have already seen how big Africa is. What are some of the most extended stereotypes about Africa?

If we do the same google search about “African man”, this is what pops up:

Africa is associated with certain images

This is a stereotyped image of Africa, a limited one, it leaves  many aspects out and emphasizes others.

In this You Tube video, a young man from Guinea, a West African country like Senegal,  is living in the USA. He feels American people have an stereotyped image of Africa and he talks about it.

What are the stereotypes he mentions about Africa?

In the next video, some American university students are interviewed about Africa. This is how little they know and how stereotyped their knowledge  about Africa is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoJ_BQK3skU

These are the degrees the students interviewed are studying.

  • Anthropology
  • Accounting
  • Social work
  • Finance
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Education

These are some of the misconceptions, generalizations  and stereotypes about Africa they say they’ve heard:

  • Everyone has got Aids
  • Everyone is poor
  • Poligamy
  • Wild life
  • Genitals mutilated
  • Africans have lions living in their house
  • Everyone is poor
  • Aids in children
  • They are savages and uneducated
  • Poor sanitation and water supply
  • Everyone is starving
  • No running water
  • People ride elephants
  • They are not as intelligent as Americans
  • Uncivilization
  • Everybody goes around half naked and screaming
  • Great dancers
  • A lot of superstitions
  • The only thing Africans can do is dance

Is their vision different from the one Carmen transmitted to you in her talk? Why?

Did you like “Taranga” Why?

What are the things you liked about it?

Have the previous videos made you look at “Taranga”  from a different perspective?  Why? Why not?

Watch the videos , reflect on the title of this post and write your comments on the blog.

December 15, 2009

More information about Rhodah Mashavave, PEN Català and the ICORN

Filed under: Uncategorized — mloredo @ 2:00 am

You have already read one of her articles and looked for information about her country. Now you can read some details about her career as a journalist and about the organization that supports her during her stay in Majorca.

Rhodah Mashavave és una jove periodista de 30 anys en llengua shona que al seu país havia treballat per a la premsa independent (The Daily Newspaper, The Daily News, The Financial Gazette) i que ho ha continuat fent malgrat haver hagut de fugir el 2005 de Zimbabwe, a causa de la vulneració continuada de la llibertat d’expressió i de la repressió a què s’ha vist sotmesa. Havia estat Portaveu de Premsa i Relacions Públiques del Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). El seu suport no violent a  aquest moviment li comportà la persecució i l’empresonament el 2002 i, també, el 2003. Havia destacat la seva tasca dins la WIPSU (Unitat de Suport a les Dones que es dediquen a la Política). A l’exili, ha continuat els seus estudis i la seva carrera professional. Compromesa en la recerca sobre dones immigrants i sobre la situació de les periodistes a Zimbabwe, els temes que li interessen per damunt de tot són els que tenen a veure amb aspectes socials, quasi sempre referit a les dones.

Abans de ser acollida a Palma, Rhodah Mashavave ha  viscut  a la ciutat alemanya de Darmstadt (2005-2007) amb una beca oferta per la ciutat,  i a la ciutat italiana de Grosseto (2007-2009), ja en el marc del programa de la xarxa de ciutats refugi ICORN.

Què és el PEN

El PEN Català és una associació d’escriptors creada l’any 1922 –un any després que l’escriptora anglesa C.A. Dawson Scott fundés a Londres el centre PEN Anglès.

Agafant les inicials de les paraules en anglès de poetes, assagistes i novel·listes (Poets, Essays, Novelists) Dawson creà aquest PEN Club amb la voluntat que esdevingués lloc de debat entre escriptors.

Actualment, hi ha uns 140 centres PEN a tot el món connectats entre ells a través del PEN Internacional amb seu a Londres. Les delimitacions dels centres PEN no són les fronteres politiques dels diferents estats, sinó que cada centre s’agrupa entorn d’una llengua i una literatura.

Des de la seva fundació, el PEN Català ha estat una plataforma per a la projecció  internacional de la literatura i dels escriptors i escriptores dels territoris de parla catalana. Aquesta projecció internacional s’ha fet a través de la seva implicació activa en les múltiples activitats del PEN Internacional, fonamentalment la defensa de la llibertat d’expressió i la lliure circulació de les idees, així com  la protecció del patrimoni cultural i lingüístic de les persones i els pobles.

Què és l’ICORN

Com a desenvolupament natural de la tasca de suport als escriptors perseguits, el PEN Català  ha treballat  per la implantació a Catalunya del Programa ‘Escriptor refugiat’, sota l’aixopluc de l’ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network). Aquesta xarxa de ciutats refugi, constituïda legalment  el juny del 2006 i que es postula com a hereva del dissolt Parlament dels Escriptors, neix amb la convicció que és imprescindible un organisme que coordini amb eficàcia tant les ciutats que tenen l’estatus de ciutats refugi com els escriptors que han de buscar refugi fora del seu país.

Les ciutats refugi, o les entitats que assumeixen el programa, com és el cas del PEN Català, tenen la responsabilitat de fer-se càrrec de l’escriptor o escriptora seleccionat durant un període d’un o dos anys. Durant aquest temps se li facilita un habitatge i un sou, es vetlla per la seva integració en els cercles socials i culturals de la ciutat, i es promou la traducció i la difusió de la seva obra .

Nadine Gordimer, PEN International, “the Ultimate Safari” , PEN Català and Rhoda Mashavave

This year you will have to read as part of your reading assignments a short story ,” The Ultimate Safari”,  by Nadine Gordimer, a writer from South Africa, who received the Nobel prize in literature in 1991.  The Story is set in Kruger Park, which is situated between South Africa, Zimbawe and Mozambique.

In order to understand the story you will have to investigate on Nadine Gordimer’s biography, the themes of her novels and her political stand.

In this video you will be able to listen to Nadine Gordimer talking about racism and her experience of growing up as a white person in a society marked by apartheid.

This coming Thursday, Rhoda Mashavave will talk to you about the situation of her country, Zimbabwe.  Her talk shall give you further insight into the themes  Nadine Gordimer presents in her novels and short stories.  You will also have the opportunity to ask her about this writer. It is also worth mentioning that Nadine Gordimer,is one of the vice presidents of   PEN international, an association of writers that promotes literature, freedom of expression and international literary fellowship. The Catalan branch of this association is responsible for hosting and giving support to Rhoda Mashavave.

In this video, you will be able to listen to Nadine Gordimer reading part of the “Ultimate Safari”, in one of the events that took place in 2007 during PEN world voices festival.

Find out more about  Nadine Gordimer by clicking  here

December 2, 2009

Veil

Filed under: Uncategorized — mloredo @ 2:10 am

In this BBC site you can find some information about the different kind of veils. It might help you comment the article we read in the Daily Bulletin. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/05/europe_muslim_veils/html/2.stm

November 28, 2009

Caixa outing: Gervasio Sánchez’s Mined lives project

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Some of the students of 4th ESO B have chosen as part of their global issues tasks  to investigate on war conflicts and children soldiers. Having the opportunity to talk and listen to Gervasio Sánchez during his visit to Palma, helped them gain further insight and find ways to take a stand. They learnt a lot and enjoyed meeting him. Here are some photos of the group waiting  for autograph signing after the talk:

Just a few days after meeting him at “la Caixa”,  he received   the 2009 National Photography Award. Congratulations, Gervasio  from  Ramon Llull 4th B students !

You can read about it clicking in the País article

This is the speech he pronounced when he received the  Ortega y Gasset photography award in 2008. His speech  made the headlines and had a great repercussion in the media. It was translated into English and I found this slideshare for you so you can  read the whole text and reflect on its content . This way you will also remember his talk. At the end of the slide presentation you will be able to see some of his works.

HOMEWORK: send your comments on his presentation and on the talk at la Caixa to the blog

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November 27, 2009

Great sites with plenty of on line activities

Filed under: on line activities,world news — mloredo @ 7:54 pm
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Hello everyone,

We are dealing with global issues and the list of topics is endless. In these two American sites you will find texts that are perfect for your level. Most texts have been taken from the news and some of them are a bit outdated, but that is not really a problem if what we are looking for is not just the piece of news, but to get used to the way news are presented in the press, to build up our vocabulary,  and improve our reading and listening comprehension skills. Both sites cover a variety of topics from health to technology and they target an adult audience. The best thing about them is that they provide audio, listening exercises, vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing exercises. The texts are not very long either which is even better.

Choose one from every site and do the exercises. Then, write a post to the blog telling me your opinion; difficulty, interest, or any other comment that you feel can help your classmates in their choice of topic.

http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/suicide/home.html

http://www.cdlponline.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=homepage

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November 26, 2009

Some images and information about Mtkudzi country

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Daniel Hrstich, a teacher from New Zealand, uploaded  to Slide Share this power point presentation about Zimbabwe. However, it might be outdated, as it was sent two years ago. Have a look and use the internet to check if there have been any changes since that time. Concentrate only on one aspect, for instance, the inflation rate.

It might also be biased and information should always be contrasted. When  you meet Rhoda Mashavave, you will be able to ask her whether she believes the information and facts described in this presentation match with her experience when she had to leave her country.

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Zimbabwean music : Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi

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According to Wikepedia, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is one of the most beloved performers from  Zimbabwe. His husky voice has made him the most recognized voice not only in his country but across Africa.   A member of Zimbabwe’s Kore-Kore tribe he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language.  He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions giving his music a distinctive “Tuku Music” style.

He lives in Zimbabwe and has not  directly criticize the repressive government of  the country’s president, Mugabe.  However, some of his most emotive hits prodded the aging authoritarian ruler, including “Ndakuvara,” which disapprove the political violence of Mugabe’s party and “Wasakara (You Are Getting Old),” which most Zimbabweans took as a direct petition for Mugabe to retire.

Investigate a bit, and post your answers and comments to the blog.

  1. husky is the adjective used to describe his voice. do you agree?
  2. How many languages are there in Zimbabwe?
  3. Why is Mugabe described as an authoritarian ruler?
  4. How long has Mugabe been in Power?
  5. What are some of the violations of human rights his government has been accused of?
  6. Do you like his music?
  7. He has also written some songs in English, like this one called “Street kid”. Which one do you prefer?


And, enjoy the music

Post your comments to the blog

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November 25, 2009

Rhoda Mashavave will talk at the Ramon Llull about women in Africa

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Read this article by Rhoda Mashavave,  a  journalist from Zimbabwe, about the situation of women in her country.

Source:

www.zimbabwejournalists.com

in http://www.zimbabwejournalists.com/story.php?art_id=4901&cat=3

AS Zimbabwe faces one of its worst hunger year, women have taken much of the burden as they fight to feed their children.

Acute food shortages in the country’s urban and rural villages have resulted in people going for days on end without food while some villagers have resorted to eating tree roots and wild fruits to survive.
Three quarters of Zimbabweans, about six million face starvation in this inflation ridden country. Schools have virtually shut down because both the teachers and pupils are hungry and cannot manage to walk to and from school.

Universities remain closed because they cannot afford to feed students. Boarding schools for secondary and high education have sent children back home.

This year’s examinations have been shelved owing to the disruption of classes across  the whole education system. With children not going to school anymore, it is the women, as mothers who have to see that the family is fed.

And the government has not helped either. Over the last six monthsnon-governmental organizations which used to feed the hungry were barred from operating after government accused them of campaigning for the opposition political parties.

The non-governmental organizations have also been barred from helping those with HIV/Aids, who need the food and the much needed HIV/Aids vaccines.

Across the country the number of starvation-related deaths continues to mount. In big hospitals there is no food for the sick. Relatives of the sick are asked to bring food and those who can’t afford risk death. The health sector itself is on its knees as doctors and nurses continuously refuse to work in such environs.

Drinking water is one of the biggest problems for those living in urban areas. Some areas can go for months without a single drop of water as local authorities fail to raise enough forex to buy chemicals to treat water. And when the water returns, it is so smelly and tasteless. A chorela disease outbreak has been reported throughout the country because of the untreated water.

Inflation is in millions (251 million percent as of July) and prizes of food continue to rise every minute. For the poor it is even worse as food can only be easily accessed by those who have the US$. The government has licensed shops to sell their goods in US$. While the shops for the US$ have food in their selves, those selling in the local Zimbabwean currency are completely empty.

For those using the local currency, it is a nightmare to get money from the bank as the country faces a severe money shortage. The money one is allowed to withdraw each day is not enough to buy a day’s basic breakfast of bread, milk and tea.

A number of women have now resorted to cross-border deals where they travel to neighboring countries like South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique in search of food. But not without any challenges. Some women while in these neighboring countries have resorted to the oldest profession for survival.

They sell their bodies so they can raise enough cash to buy food which they then bring back to Zimbabwe.

So dire is the situation that back home in Zimbabwe young girls have been forced to turn to prostitution so as to help supplement their families’ food budgets.

And the rainy season is just approaching now, but  the government is not at all prepared to provide the seed and fertilizers for farmers. There is no forex.

Food shortages began in 2000 as government forcibly took over thousands of productive farms which they shared among landless people. But without infrastructural backing and clear policies to crop production, food shortages have hit the country which used to be called “Africa’s breadbasket”.

Most of the productive farms have been shared among government cronies who have no idea about farming. The land remains idle.
Corruption within government has also added to the chaos on the farms. Farm inputs and equipment meant for the farming programme have found its way to the black market.

At the moment all hopes have been pinned on a proposed new all inclusive government between the ruling government and opposition political parties.

It is the hope of the nation that the  proposed new government will urgently address the food shortages, once everything the political parties are fighting each other for have been resolved

Here  you can  find the links to the press conference  in Palma  last week
http://psmdepalma.balearweb.net/post/79975

http://dbalears.cat/actualitat/Cultura/for-ada-a-fugir.html

http://www.diariodemallorca.es/cultura/2009/11/21/zimbabue-gente-siente-perseguida-nadie-fia-nadie/523520.html

http://www.ultimahora.es/segunda.dba?-1+10+494559

http://www.nanda.cat/post/79974

http://www.abc.es/agencias/noticia.asp?noticia=181866

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November 24, 2009

Hello everyone!

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Welcome to our new blog!

I have decided to open this platform to complement our work during the lessons. I hope it’ll help you improve your English and communicate with your friends in English.

My first post will be  a song Molly taught you. After her lesson I decided to use it with my first year students, who actually were your students for a day too.  Some of you might have seen it in their blog “Castígate”, but if we are going to use this all4that It might be a better idea to post it here again, don’t you think?

First the lyrics

Johnny wanna be a big star

Get on stage and play the guitar

Make a little money, buy a fancy car

Big old house and an alligator

Just to match with them alligator shoes

He’s a rich man so he’s no longer singing the blues

He’s singing songs about material things

And platinum rings and watches that go bling

But, diamonds don’t bling in the dark

He a star now, but he ain’t singing from the heart

Sooner or later he’s just gonna fall apart

Cause his fans can’t relate to his new found art

He ain’t doing what he did from the start

And that’s putting in some feeling and thought

He decided to live his life shallow

Cash in his love for material

 

[Chorus]

And its gone… gone… going…

Gone… everything gone… give a damn…

Gone be the birds when they don’t want to sing…

Gone people… all awkward with their things… gone.

You see yourself in the mirror

And you feel safe cause it looks familiar

But you afraid to open up your soul

Cause you don’t really know, don’t really know

Who he is, the person that’s deep within

Cause you are content with just being the name-brand man

And you fail to see that its trivial

Insignificant, you addicted to material

I’ve seen your kind before

You’re the type that thinks souls is sold in a store

Packaged up with incense sticks

With them vegetarian meals

To you that’s righteous

You’re fiction like books

You need to go out to life and look

Cause… what happens when they take your material

You already sold your soul and its…

[Chorus]

You say that time is money and money is time

So you got mind in your money and your money on your mind

But what about… that crime that you did to get paid

And what about… that bid, you can’t take it to your brain

What about those shoes you’ll wear today

They’ll do no good on the bridges you burnt along the way

All that money that you got gonna be gone

That gear that you rock gonna be gone

The house up on the hill gonna be gone

The gold purse on your grill gonna be gone

The ice on your wrist gonna be gone

That nice little Miss gonna be gone

That whip that you roll gonna be gone

And what’s worst is your soul’s already gone

 


and then a nice video to illustrate the story

Do you remember the slang Molly taught you?

If you have any other suggestions of music you would like Molly to present to you, post a comment to the blog and we’ll see what we can do.

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