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1. How would you characterize the author's politics?
2. How might you respond to the work's "call to action?"
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Cultural studies
Posted by: Cliff (
Date: October 27, 2004 04:29PM

I found the mention of Marilyn Monroe and the description of her father with use of economic metaphors and the immigrants arrival at Ellis Island historical references.
I think materials that describe the 1930's would lend credence to the contents of this poem.

Re: Cultural studies
Posted by: Lynn Burke (204.57.47.---)
Date: March 30, 2005 09:41AM

That's true, especially the Angel Island reference. It strikes me that this poem could be a great introduction to Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club, or to Laurence Yep's Dragonwings, both of which involve Chinese immigrants coming to the US.

There's some good, basic info here:

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