grandmasters words “ quick mix theory ” H u m a n i t i e s

grandmasters words “ quick mix theory ” H u m a n i t i e s

Student 1


1b. What are you? (How would you answer if you participated in the Hapa project?) OR: If you like, you may include here any other responses/comments you have from either of the activities.

Mexican, American, Irish, Australian, German

I am a person who is just trying to live life. I don’t need to be labeled. I am me and that is all that matters.

  1. What have you learned this week, what else do you want to share about race, ethnicity, and nationality!? I’m really interested to hear what your perceptions are because this is a big deal for many Americans and part of our current national discourse.

I found the Hapa Project super interesting because it brought up a lot to think about. I started to think about how we as humans are so quick to label. For example I have a good amount of mexcan in me but when people see me they try to argue that I don’t, just because I look 100% white. I am just curious why are we so quick to label people especially when it comes to race, ethnicity, and nationality? Why can’t we just live our lives without being put into a box? Why do we assume things about other people when we know nothing about them? I am proud to have mexican be part of my culture however, when people try to argue that that’s impossible, it makes me question who I am. And that should never be the case for anyone. We can’t look at someone and automatically know everything about them.


  1. Now that you have thought about how anthropologists define (or don’t define!) race, how would you say ethnicity is different? Is ‘ethnicity’ a broader or more discrete category than ‘race,’ usually? Explain.

From what I know, race tends to focus on physicality or genetic identity while ethnicity has more to do with culture, nationality, religion, and language. The commonality of these things can help determine someone’s ethnicity. I personally think that ethnicity is broader than race because when you look at race it usually focuses on just physical characteristics. While ethnicity comes from culture and ancestry background, bringing in more than just the physical aspect. For example I would consider myself as being white however my ethnicity could be from all of these different countries and cultures.

  1. Think about the radiolab podcast where they discuss the translator in Iraq who tries to help get his friend’s father’s body out of the morgue. What ethnic boundary markers can you identify? In this case, is ethnicity fixed, or negotiable?

In this example the friend was trying to get his dad’s body out of a morgue. However, he is Sunni while the morgue is strictly Shia this is why he needed the translator to help him. If he went alone they would have looked up his name and started to ask him deep Shi’ite religion questions to verify whether he was Sunni or Shia. I would identify this as being an ethnic boundary marker because his ethnic background stopped him from being able to complete this task on his own. The Shia put this in place to keep their ethnic group pure from others.

  1. In the Radiolab podcast, they cover a genetics lab. Do you think racial information gathered from genetic testing should be used to solve crimes? What are your thoughts on the fact that the guy whose race appears to be ‘Black’ to the hosts (and to himself) tests for 0% African in his genetics? Is he still Black?

Personally I think that any information that is gathered from genetic testing should be allowed to be used to solve crimes. If your genetic testing is on file somewhere and that happens to be a benefit towards solving a crime I honestly don’t see an issue with that. I believe that yes, he still falls into the Black race but ethnically he wouldn’t fall into the traditionally Black ethnic group of African Americans.


Student 2

  1. Section A

B: What are you?

World identify me as a black man but I identify myself as a guy born in the Democratic Republic of Congo from both 100% Congolese parents, from a tribe of Fulero(Fuliiru) who are being said to originate from Uganda, despite my name, being French, but I am not from France; my father is fluent in French, a language that was brought by Belgians who colonized African heart.

  1. BONUS:

I learned that Ethnicity and race are different. It often complicated to distinguish between these two. However, ethnicity is the way we identify ourselves based on nationality, language, culture, and religion, For example, I am Congolese. While Race separates us from different physical traits such as height, hair color, nose, skin color, and shape of the face. For example, I am black, I am 5’ 7. The race is based on biological, while Ethnicity is based on cultural or origin settings of ancestors and believes of that particular region.

Section 2

1.Physical Anthropologists Identity a ‘regional ancestry’ to describe ethnicity since it is very complicated to distinguish race and ethnicity. However, more into biological anthropology, they would define Ethnicity as Nationality or Country of origin and Race as physical characteristics that include face shape, height, eye color, face color, and skin color. I think race is more considerate than ethnicity since people don’t really care to learn about their ancestors but they care about the way their body changes over time or how to sharpen their bodies.

  1. A second issue in the Gish Jenn interview that comes up is the idea of social vs. individual living. Where an American may value privacy, Jenn suggests an Asian may feel isolated and alone. How might these feelings be related to core values, enculturation, language ideologies, or other cultural norms?

It is really related to Culture norms, Americans value privacy the most that even a close person can not be close to you. Based on the way I was raised I will just feel alone just like Asian since cultures differ from each other. I feel like most Americans were raised to do things individually and that why I feel like they’re being locked in their house so. For kids when they’re growing up, parents would buy toys for their kids then everyone has it’s a unique toy to play with and everyone in their rooms. Thus in other parts of the world including Africa, parents would always want to see kids playing together. Also, siblings of different ages for example 25 and 9 would sleep together on the same bed even tho one is an adult and won’t scare since they all of the same gender. Separated from each other will cause one to speak differently or not learning what others think or behaviors.

  1. I don’t think anyone was born black, the world has just referred to people in the wrong manner, It would more formal if the host pronounce his race appeared to be of African descent. We should distinguish people based on their skin tone as either light or dark brown. It’s very controversial to deny your own color race I think he’s still black overall based on how we have been described by the community.


Student 3

Define the following terms that emerge from Grandmaster Flash’s focal vocabulary:

the break: The break is when there was a break in between songs. Grandmaster called in the get down part.

quick mix theory: In Grandmasters words “quick mix theory” was, taking a passage of music or two duplicate copies of vinyl and sort of moving the disc back and forth and repeating a section of the passage, you know, between duplicate copies of the record.

needle drops: You put the needle down on exactly the right part of the record with the rhythm that you wanted to hear

punch phase: Punch phase. This is Spoonie Gee, “Monster Jam. I am too sure what this means but maybe it is close to a punch phrase.

cut/rub: Cut is something that was used in the song “Freedom”. I am not exactly sure what rub means but in context, Grandmaster said, “I’m using “Good Times” to rub the rhythm against Queen.”

How is language use related to social status? How do speech patterns change within the same language? (use examples from your textbook if you like)

Language use is related to social status because people will change the way they talk based on the people around them and where they are in life. Consider the way maybe someone who is a doctor would talk, compared to a 7-11 employee. Speech patterns change within the same language over time. A lot of the time there are changes that correlate with cultural changes.

If you are monolingual: how has your language ability helped you or hindered you in your life? Do you have any fears or prejudices against learning a second language? Do you feel that being monolingual has helped you academically?

And for both mono and multilingual students: Think of a time when you heard people speaking in a language unfamiliar to you. How did you react, or how did that make you feel? What about if someone tries to speak to you in a language you do not understand, how do you handle it? OR, if you have tried speaking to someone and found that they cannot understand you. Have you ever traveled to a place where the language(s) you are familiar with is not used? If so, how did you communicate?

My language ability has hindered me because I can not speak another language so I can’t communicate with some people who I wished I could. I would like to learn Spanish in the future because I live in America and Spanish is the second most spoken language. I think the only fear I would have learning another language would be sounding bad or not pronouncing something correct and embarrassing myself. I have never thought about if being monolingual has helped me academically or not, so I would say no. If somebody is speaking another language in front of me, it does not bother me at all. My initial thought is how cool other languages are. The only time people try to talk to me in another language is in Spanish and I learned how to say I do not speak Spanish.


Student 4


3. Define the following terms that emerge from Grandmaster Flash’s focal vocabulary:

the break: the most exciting part of a reggae

quick mix theory: taking a passage of music or two duplicate copies of vinyl and moving the disc back and forward and repeating a section of the passage between duplicate copies of the record

needle drops: finding the area where you can put the needle on the vinyl

punch phase: using short segments of the music and repeating it rhythmically

cut/rub: taking the section of the rhythm and rearranging it


  1. Bilingual

Saan yang pagkain ko? This means “where is my food?” in Tagalog.

Being able to speak both Tagalog and English has helped me speak with a lot more people. Here in San Diego, there’s a lot of Filipinos here so I can easily interact with them if they have questions and such. But because I speak both languages, I don’t think I am fully fluent in both languages. As a kid, I was learning both at the same time so it was quite a lot to remember. I’m not sure if learning a second language has helped me academically but if I ever had a Filipino professor, that could help me understand things in class in a different way. I was never embarrassed about speaking two languages, I’m more proud than ever actually because people like it if you know more than one language. The only time I felt like someone was talking about me was when I got my nails done, they were all talking in another language but it made me feel like they were talking about my nails or something. Whenever someone tries to talk to me in another language that I don’t understand, I try to show them with hand signals that I don’t speak their language or try to look for someone that might know what they’re saying so they could help them out. I have not traveled to place where people weren’t familiar with any of my two languages that I know.

3. How is language use related to social status? How do speech patterns change within the same language? (use examples from your textbook if you like)

In the Philippines, when someone knows how to speak English, they think of you in a higher regard. They think that you’re in the upper class, went to private school, is more polished than most people etc. They also joke around if you ever speak English to them, they always say “Hold on, you’re making my nose bleed” because they don’t understand too much.

I’m not sure if I understand this question but I would say that the way I speak to someone who is very intelligent will be different from how I speak to someone who doesn’t know too much about the subject I’m talking about. Another example would be me talking to a parent versus me talking to a kid, my speech pattern would be different for both situations.


Student 5

  1. This Halloween will likely be different from most or all Halloween holidays in the past due to the pandemic. Is it cancelled? Who decides? Since the key Halloween rituals are social in nature, how can/should we celebrate with social/physical distancing? On this question, feel free to vent or describe your usual Halloween rituals.

Every year Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to dress up. I think about my costume 8 month is advance. Every Halloween I get together with all my friends and we do something epic for that year. But with this year being a pandemic I have not had the same enthusiasm as I normally do. I did not plan my costume this year. I am not doing anything extravagant this year and I am okay with that because that is just the way things are this year. I do feel bad for the kids though. How disappointing the kids are going to feel when they can not go trick or treating because it is better for their health and safety. I have a child and he LOVES candy. He rarely gets candy so when Halloween comes around this is the holiday he looks forward to as well. In our home Halloween is not going to be canceled but we are doing something different this year. Family and friends are going to come over and we are going to set up a spooky Halloween scavenger hut around the backyard so the kids can still have fun, get candy, but also be safe.

  1. Here in Southern California, as well as many other areas, Dia de los Muertos is also celebrated together with, or just after Halloween. What do you know about this holiday’s symbols and rituals, and why do you know? What, if any, is the connection between these two holidays?

Dia de los Muertos is the day of the dead which is on November 2nd this year. The day of the dead is a Mexican holiday that involves family and friends getting together to remember and pray for their family who had died. Dia de los Muertos is not a Mexican version of Halloween. A description of Halloween is being dark and scary, and Dia de los Muertos is about joy and celebration. I know about this holiday for a couple of reasons. One, because I live so close to Mexico, and have heard multiple people talk about it over the years. Second, because I have seen the Disney movie Coco.


Studnet 6

1. This Halloween is certainly different from any other in the past. I don’t believe that any one person or organization can truly cancel Halloween, however many kids around the country won’t be celebrating this year. Since many Halloween rituals are social in nature, I believe that most people should change the way they celebrate this year. Families can still do things like carve pumpkins and eat candy together, but activities like partying and trick-or-treating shouldn’t be practiced. Friends and families can dress up and communicate through zoom or other modes of online communication, but it definitely won’t be the same as getting together in a physical space. That being said, many are still choosing to celebrate Halloween as usual this year, so it won’t be so different for everybody.

2. The Halloween tradition began as an ancient Celtic festival where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as All Saints Day to honor the saints. October 31st became All Hallows Eve, and then Halloween. The first celebrations of American Halloween were called play parties where people celebrated the harvest, shared ghost stories, told fortunes, danced, and sang. Dressing up and Trick-or-Treating began around the 19th century, as many new immigrants came to America and the idea of modern American Halloween was popularized.

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