Kenji Yoshino Questions

A.)   “Covering has enjoyed such a robust and stubborn life because it is a form of assimilation.  At least since Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s 1782 Letters from an American Farmer, this country has touted assimilation as the way Americans of different backgrounds would be “melted into a new race of men.” By the time Israel Zangwill’s play of that name was performed in 1908, the “melting pot” had acquired the burnish of an American ideal. Only with the civil rights movement of the 1960s was this ideal challenged in any systematic way, with calls to move “beyond the melting pot” and to “celebrate diversity.” Yoshino also says in paragraph 7 that “covering is a hidden assault on our civil rights.” When I think of covering I really think of a way to hide your true self and being distant from people or something.

B.)  ” Makes a distinction between a True Self and a False self that usefully to tracks the distinction between the uncovered and covered selves. The True self is the self that gives an individual the feeling of being real, which is “more existing; it is finding a way to exist as oneself, and to relate to objects as oneself, and to have a self into which to retreat for relaxation. “The True Self is associated with human spontaneity and authenticity: “Only the True Self can be creative and only the True self can feel real.” The False Self, in contrast, gives an individual a sense of being unreal, a sense of futility. It mediates the relationship between the True Self and the world.” One Positive thing about the False Self is that you can use it to hide your True self until you are ready to show your true self. The False self can protect the True self. 

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