The Danger of a Single Story

This longer essay (approx. 700-800 words) is a chance for you to reflect on what you have learned in this course. Think back to the Start Here Module where you watched author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story.” While she was not discussing Asia specifically, as you discussed in your self-introductions, she was asking that we look at different societies and cultures beyond the stereotypes. Using Adichie’s call as a starting point, imagine that you have to tell a “new” story of Asia, to a friend or family member. What is that “new” story?

As you are reflecting, thinking, and writing, you must discuss the following:

1. What was your original story? What made you think this way (media, friends, etc.)?

2. From what you have learned (be specific!) in this course, how has this story changed?

  • Be specific and discuss specific topics (religion, festivals, history, etc.)
  • Reflect on what you did not know before this class and on the new (specific and general) things you have learned?

3. What is Asia to you now?

There is no correct answer, but rather I want you to be thinking about whether why stereotypes persist about Asia and why.

The paper must be AT LEAST 700 WORDS



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