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Why I Care About Sports: They are a Metaphor for the Workplace

February 20, 2013 by

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I wrote about why I, and by proxy we, as adults in American society, cared about sports before.  I was a bit negativish in ultimately saying that I cared about sports mostly because sports has storylines rife with hateable or loveable characters.  I suggested that community organizations or NGOs or other people trying to do […]

Proud to Be an American?

June 13, 2012 by

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Two songs in my head from Two Angelenos from two different backgrounds and experiences. “God Bless the USA” vs. “America” One of the songs is by Lee Greenwood from 1984, a tribute to soldiers that I most recently heard at a Balloon and Wine Festival in Temecula.  “God Bless the USA” The “other” song (pun […]

Numbers: A Limited License to Membership for the Weak and A License to Dismiss for the Powerful

May 31, 2012 by

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As I was riding the Metro a few months ago, I was reading the book Technopoly by Neil Postman, courtesy of Savudgery Enchantarak. I started thinking about how I was slave to numbers in my own daily life.  Checking how many people visit this blog.  Checking how many followers I have on Twitter.  How many […]

What Anthropology Means to Me

March 21, 2012 by

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In this the 2nd year of g-school, it means a predisposition to understanding different worlds with a tendency towards the weird, the marginal, those at the borders a predisposition to understanding exclusions and inclusions in the field, observing every little bit of information that you possibly can in real time the work of “making” the […]

Metaphor for Positionality and Learning in Mathematics Classrooms in the US

March 7, 2012 by

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My research project nowadays is a bit of a personal redemption project, somewhat reconciling two worlds that I’d been a part of — the successful math student and the marginalized math student. A “mixed” hybrid identity, if you will. I’d been wondering how a student gets marginalized in mathematics. In real life, there are tons […]

Running Is Re-Socialization and Acculturation of the Body

February 16, 2012 by

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I have not run much in the past 6 months since Fall Semester started, but am slowly getting back to it. Before Fall Semester started, I was running almost every day, religiously following Hal Higdon’s Advanced 5K schedule, en route to trying to become a medal winner for the Historic Filipinotown 5K runs in August. […]

Reversing Downward Spirals: My Cognitive Potato Chips

October 3, 2011 by

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You give me a bag of Lays BBQ chips, I’ll give you an empty bag of Lays BBQ chips. They once had a marketing line  “you can’t just stop with one”, something that circulates my mind each time I open a fresh bag, planning to eat “just a few.” I eat that few.  I don’t […]

Making Pain Shared and Communal

May 25, 2011 by

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Read through Ralph Cintron’s Angels’ Town. An ethnography that shed light onto the logic of violence in gang life. So the question is basic:  why retaliation and why use a mode of violence? A question stated so easily, yet so complex to address especially in the context of urbanized LA.  Here’s Cintron’s explanation captured in […]

At the Borders

May 24, 2011 by

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As I’ve been exposed to more research and political agendas relating to immigration, I’d been thinking about the concept of boundaries and borders. I have not been thinking of boundaries and borders as a means of keeping people out as we tend to use in immigration discourse.  Instead, I perceive borders/boundaries as these fronts, these […]

What Waves Are You Lost in?

April 29, 2011 by

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Waves are something in the English language we get “caught up” and “lost” in. Perhaps more poignant, 2 months removed from the tsunami in Japan, just 2 months ago. Lost in “waves of gang violence.” Caught up in a “wave of misunderstanding.” Lost in a “wave” of this “sea” of immigrants. The implication in this […]