Racial Imposter Syndrome by: Leah Donella - Though this image original intent was to symbolize the struggles of biracial children, I think it can also be applied to immigrants and their children being confused about their identity.
In the context of Cherry’s quote about memory, this can be linked with the definition of performance. Throughout the semester, this class has been connecting events, people, and social movements to analyze them with the idea of performance in mind. In Richard Schechner’s What Is Performance, he states, “...a performance takes place as action, interaction, and relation. In this regard, a painting or a novel can be performative or can be analyzed “as” performance. Performance isn’t “in” anything, but “between”’ (Schechner pg.3; CR 15). Under this definition, memories are the backbone of performance; they formulate the blueprint for a series of actions and encounters between people. The accumulation of these “memories morphed into performances” combine to become an identity. Whether it is a lone identity or a collective one is a conundrum: “The habits, rituals, and routines of life are restored behaviors. These strips of behavior can be rearranged or reconstructed, they are independent of the causal systems… that brought them into existence” (Schechner pg.7; CR 19). Memories are created, yet recycled, taken in, then thrown away. Keeping this juggling act balanced is vital to solidifying identity. Unfortunately, immigrants and their children struggle with this, and may continue to do so for the rest of their lives. What do they retain and what do they forget? Should they pass on everything to posterity, or relinquish the reins and allow their children to become the “all-American”? This internal battle is universally present in both fictional characters and real people.
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