• Looking for a change of pace this morning? @cpatell will be lecturing on Chang-Rae Lee's NATIVE SPEAKER starting at 9:30. Tweets TK. #wny11 #
  • Don't know Chang-Rae Lee's novel? Penguin has a reader's guide here: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/rguides/us/native_speaker.html #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell writes abt NATIVE SPKR in our @CambridgeUP Comp to NY Lit. & here: http://ahistoryofnewyork.com/2009/03/one-book-one-city/ #
  • .@cpatell's intro music for today's lecture: Mary J Blige, "Family Affair." #wny11 #
  • Returning to Spike Lee's DTRT to wrap up/transition to the other Lee. Re-watching the trash can thru the window scene. #wny11 #
  • Sal: "You do whatcha gotta do." Mayor calling for calm. (Wow. This film reads really weird after last night.) #wny11 #
  • Now watching the final confrontation btwn Sal and Mookie. #DTRT #wny11 #
  • I love it when the scene turns the corner and Sal expresses some concern abt how Mookie's doing, vice versa. #wny11 #
  • "There's no end in sight from this heat wave so the Love Daddy word of the day is CHILL." –Saml L Jackson/Love Daddy, DTRT #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell asking class how they interpret Mookie's actions at film's end. What's at stake in throwing the can thru the window? #wny11 #
  • One answer: Mookie targets property rather than people. Deflects violence from Sal & his sons? #wny11 #
  • Stuff is insurable. @cpatell reminds class of Bronx Is Burning: insurance collection & 70s arson epidemic. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: What makes Mookie return to the scene the next day? Film is deliberately complicated. Not easy to disentangle emotions. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell giving a run-down on theories of possessive individualism, from John Locke to Spike Lee. Lee opts for cosmopolitanism instd #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Mookie insists on being paid, per contract. Sal throws money in his face. Remember Buggin Out's wadded up bills too. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: The film's end is a return to banality, to a certain normalcy. Sal's sweeping up. Heat wave rolls on. We need to CHILL. #wny11 #
  • Love Daddy notes that the Mayor focuses on property rights, not lost life. Reminds people to get out and vote. #wny11 #
  • Now breaking down this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShgXC62a09o & this photo: http://bit.ly/lh9atP #wny11 #DTDR #
  • Brothers on the wall: http://bit.ly/kVPo5x #wny11 #
  • One take on the Malcolm/Martin quotes at film's end: http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/138 #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Lee implies in production notes that he's down w/ Malcolm. Patell thinks the film itself is more complicated than that. #wny11 #
  • Moving on to Chang-Rae Lee. #wny11 #
  • .@captell: Reading Leila's list against a series of orientalist stereotypes that have riddled our readings, tho mostly unremarked. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell Asks us to think abt NATIVE SPEAKER as positioning itself in a tradition of American yellow peril fiction. #wny11 #
  • Now watching clip from doc on history of Chinese in America. 19th-c racism leading up to Exclusion Act. #wny11 #
  • Clip from BECOMING AMERICAN: THE CHINESE EXPERIENCE: http://www.pbs.org/becomingamerican/ #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell reviewing history of race, immigration, and citizenship rights in America, esp re: Chinese immigrants. #wny11 #
  • On the ways ideas abt the East shaped the reception of first Chinese immigrants, we highly recommend this: http://amzn.to/mHKSBJ #wny11 #
  • Reading this letter from 19c Chinese immigrant to CA governor: http://www.weareca.org/index.php/en/era/1850s-WWI/stories/14 #wny11 #
  • Much of today's lecture on Chang-Rae Lee spent setting up history of Asian presence in US immigration law/concepts of citizenship. #wny11 #
  • In 19c, racism against Chinese, incl Exclusion Act, opens space for yellow peril fiction to emerge as a genre. #wny11 #
  • That's it for today. More on Chang-Rae Lee's novel Wednesday. Exit music: Pavement, "Speak, See, Remember." #wny11 #
  • Norman Mailer's BK Heights apt up for sale: "quirky cross btwn a Victorian parlor and the cabin of a sailing yacht." http://nyti.ms/l5OmDT #
  • .@insidetheapple & @writershouses Thx for the RTs! #
  • @jeremoss We'll always take the opportunity to link to this song: http://youtu.be/o3qJA-onjj0 cc @gothamlostfound #taxidancers #
  • .@cpatell finishes lecturing on Chang-Rae Lee's NATIVE SPEAKER starting at 9:30. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell's intro music for today's #wny11 lecture: Springsteen, "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City." http://youtu.be/1fwaS01Zg5k #
  • Picking up the yellow peril thread. 19c pols feared "amalgamation" of whites and Chinese. Borrows template frm racism against blacks. #wny11 #
  • #wny11 @cpatell: Chinese were thought not to be able to adopt American individualism. Can't fit into the Alger narrative. At the same time, #
  • American workers resented the exemplary industry of Chinese workers, their willingness to work meanest jobs. #wny11 #
  • Yellow peril: the racist fear that an Oriental hive might take over the West. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/yellow-peril.html #wny11 #
  • A timeline of American immigration law: http://bit.ly/fd9y9I 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act first US law to ban immigrants based on race. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell glossing the writer Sui Sin Far: @dmcampbellwsu's page on SSF: http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/far.htm #wny11 #
  • Exclusion Act (in place thru WWII) creates bachelor societies in American Chinatowns. #wny11 #
  • Now screening a terrific clip from Wayne Wang's EAT A BOWL OF TEA to illustrate idea of Chinatown bachelor society. #wny11 #
  • "Chinatown was dying. The men just kept getting older. There were no families. WWII changed all that." — Eat a Bowl of Tea #wny11 #
  • Wang's EAT A BOWL OF TEA, based on novel by Louis Chu. Film & novel both highly recommended: http://amzn.to/mTWDyh #wny11 #
  • Victor Wong is so fantastic as the dad in Eat a Bowl of Tea. Love his chuckle. Also, can we revive the phrase "lucky so-and-so"? #wny11 #
  • Sure @cpatell would dig that. RT @lwarr Fun little children's book about Chinese immigration and baseball http://bit.ly/k7mvWR #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell Equation in the subterranean depths of Chang-Rae Lee's novel btwn language, speech training, & femininity/domesticity. #wny11 #
  • In becoming something like a "native speaker," Henry Park asserts masculine control over his identity/fate. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell using a clip from Spike Lee's DTRT to talk about perceptions of Korean industry. Economic tensions btwn social groups. #wny11 #
  • Spike Lee's chars Coconut, Sweet Dick Willie, & ML debate race & economics. Seem to riff on this classic: http://youtu.be/zKfZYgHm8So #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell shows another scene from DTRT: Korean shop owner, fending off mob, claims to be black to protect himself. Prevails. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: S Lee's BedStuy should be a site for cosmopolitanism. If so, it's tenuous. Film prescient, anticipates Rodney King. #wny11 #
  • Shout-out to Anna Deavere Smith's TWILIGHT, LOS ANGELES, 1992: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/stageonscreen/twilight/twilight.html #wny11 #
  • Animus in Native Spkr agnst Asian immigrants comes from pop culture representation as "model minorities": too good at American dream? #wny11 #
  • RE: Native Speaker's literariness: positions itself/its audience via American & Romantic literary traditions. Epigraph from Whitman. #wny11 #
  • Comes from Whitman's "The Sleepers," one of his darker poems. Read more abt it here: http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/whitman/sleepers/ #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell encouraging students to pursue the intertextual reference. Read Whitman's poem, figure out why it's being used by Lee. #wny11 #
  • Patell relates Whitman's poem to wreck of the Golden Venture, issue of illegal immigration. More here: http://www.thesnakehead.com/ #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell on tension between the novel's literariness & its "ethnic" content. How embedded is it in specific immigrant contexts? #wny11 #
  • RT @lwarr: @pwhny Weird resonances between Golden Venture and Amistad incidents #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell thinking abt Lee's narrator, Henry, as "native informant." Conflicted position, exploited by anthropologists, colonists. #wny11 #
  • Cf. Lee and Abraham Cahan on that point: framing immigrant cultures for outside audience. #wny11 #
  • To what extent shld Native Speaker be considered auto-ethnography, attempting to let outside readers in? Strategy for entering canon? #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Part of this novel's brilliance is its participation in many trads: immigrant novel, NYC novel, detective fiction, etc. #wny11 #
  • At end of 20th century, Lee still dealing with central problems of earlier immigrant lit: assimilation, hybridity, consent/descent. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Novel ends w/ a return to Whitmanian promise, cosmopolitanism, even as it has questions that promise throughout. #wny11 #
  • Lecture over. Exit music: Odyssey, "Native New Yorker": http://youtu.be/W9M6gXIqlfI #wny11 #
  • Another take on "Native New Yorker": http://youtu.be/apIhc63NMKo Haven't seen this whole film. You? #wny11 #
  • Twitter is suggesting that we follow @cjloobyspants. Can anyone confirm that this would be a good idea? @jsench @cjlooby #
  • .@cpatell mentioned Golden Venture this morning in #wny11 @wnyc discussion here http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2009/jul/21/the-snakehead/ #
  • That link is to a Leonard Lopate discussion w/ Patrick Radden Keefe abt his 2009 book THE SNAKEHEAD, which my #PoNY11 class is reading now. #
  • #wny11 RT @hudsonette This is outrageous! CUNY Blocks Honor for Tony Kushner – http://nyti.ms/lZzA1c #
  • Welcome to @waxlyricalent, our 900th follower! #
  • More on Kushner degree debacle. RT @blackburnrecs http://bit.ly/kIiXZQ #wny11 #
  • RT @cire_e #nycfilms RT @vulture Name the 91 Films on This Awesome New York City Movie Map http://nym.ag/iW9xn6 #
  • Word. RT @cire_e would have preferred this as taxi of the future http://twitpic.com/4trkdm #
  • We're in! RT @jsench: @pwhny @cjloobyspants @cjlooby Become a member of the Sisterhood of the Tweeting Pants! #
  • Just realized that @harlembespoke, one of our favorite NYC blogs, is on Twitter. Awesome! #
  • Nice company! Thx! RT @fiona_rachel #ff with a disappearing NY theme: @friendsofbowne @pwhny @tenementmuseum @evgrieve @AFBurialGrndNPS #
  • MT @NewYorkDiner He who touches the soil of Manhattan & the pavement of New York, touches, whether he knows or not, Walt Whitman. L Mumford #
  • Glad to see @friendsofbowne on Twitter. A photo from last night's fundraising event via @hragv: http://tumblr.com/xi62eh2f7m #
  • More info on @friendsofbowne here: http://bit.ly/mIHZX7 also via @hragv #
  • #wny11 MT @40AcresBrooklyn Tomorrow at 2:30PM @SpikeLee DVD/book signing @powerHouseArena in BK #IfGodIsWilling http://say.ly/QiniNw (RT) #
  • cc @jennpelly RT @flavorpill olek yarn bombs a studio apt http://ow.ly/4P5rG AMAZING. #
  • @slstalter We've been thinking of you! Hope all is well. #
  • #wny11 MT @caleb_crain RT @benpolitico RT @greenhousenyt: CUNY board likely to reverse itself & give award to Kushner http://nyti.ms/lxR1HM #
  • @slstalter Thx! Glad to hear it. #
  • Word up. RT @mcnallyjackson If you've ever been to or heard of New York, you probably should've read Low Life by now. #
  • Festival of New @IdeasNYC in on! Lots of cool stuff going down on the Bowery, e.g. the Time Traveler's Guide to the Bowery from @travelgoat. #
  • Also this: RT @boweryboogie Reminder: Hester Street Fair Begins Today http://goo.gl/fb/Scmzm #food #hesterstreetfair #lowereastside #
  • @jennpelly @flavorpill There's some hot Olek action in front of the @newmuseum, part of @IdeasNYC. A whole bedroom set. I'll nab pix later. #
  • The brains behind the @IdeasNYC festival: http://t.co/ojIPdze #
  • Great acct of @IdeasNYC Keynote. RT @TeriTynes Preservation and Its Discontents: The Word According to Rem Koolhaas http://goo.gl/fb/939gu #
  • @TeriTynes Yes! Tweet me @_waterman & I'll find you somehow. @KiangaEllis, are you going to be @IdeasNYC? #friends #
  • Loving the diversity of ideas displayed on the Bowery right now. Switching over to @_waterman after a few RTs. @IdeasNYC #ideasnyc #