Reflection paper


Please write 150 to 200 words on the video below. Be sure the paper answers the three questions.

1. In the video “The danger of single story” Transcript of The Danger of a Single Story Chimamanda Adichie discusses her experiences of judging and misunderstanding others and in turn being judged and misunderstood by others. She connects this to having only one narrow, incomplete story about oneself and others. Please answer each part below:

  1. In what way are the insights of Franz Boaz from his fieldwork and the observations of Chimamanda Adichie from her time in the United States and Mexico related? For example, how does what Adichie says help to support the approach taken by Boaz and other anthropologists who use travel and participant-observation in exposing racist assumptions and supporting equality and complex appreciation of the cultures and people of the world. You must talk about both Boas and Adiche in your answer. How does what Adichie says encourage the study of anthropology and of other cultures and peoples other than your own?
  2. How often do you think about what you expect from people from your own culture or even different group within the USA? Here is a chance to practice. Make a list of adjectives you would use to describe the indigenous peoples of the Americas (a.k.a. Indians or Native Americans). What kind of title would go with a story based on that list?
  3. How do we go about broadening our stories about ourselves and other peoples in the world?
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