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Title:Romantic or Problematic
Subject(s):interracial relationships
interracial marriage
RHET105M5 S08
Abstract:in this paper, I will explain the issue of interracial relationships in the context of conflicts and difficulties, advantages and disadvantages, interviews with different races of students in UIUC and most importantly, why interracial relationship is so controversial. In order to understand interracial relationship clearly, I will explain the reasons why interracial relationship is so difficult to achieve. There are many reasons such as family opposition, societal intolerance, language barrier and child bearing problem.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 105, Principles of Composition, Race & the University, Instr. Kristin McCann: This course entailed continual negotiation of three primary focuses: academic writing, introduction to ethnographic research methodologies, and critical inquiry into issues of race and representation. I approached this course as a semester-long conversation with students, the texts with which we engaged, and the kairos of the physical and ideological spaces in which we were immersed. I encouraged students to draw upon their expertise as current UIUC undergraduates and to consider their stake in the university’s narratives. Students were, of course, not expected to produce a complete ‘ethnography’; rather, to consider what combination of ethnographic research methodologies might be most useful to their specific essays and research projects and what issues they deemed most exigent for their inquiries. Students also had the opportunity to present at the bi-annual EUI conference, alongside other EUI undergraduate and graduate students. The course syllabus is available at:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-10

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