California Dreams and Realities : Readings for Critical Thinkers and Writers

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-27
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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California has long been a bellwether state -- a place where crucial trends that eventually spread throughout the U.S. first take root. Its national and international influence is driven by one of the largest economies in the world, by its extraordinary technological and cultural innovations, and by a disproportionately affluent and activist population larger than that of entire countries. In short, the issues of California are the issues that are likely to have an impact on the rest of America, and college students in California are well served by studying, thinking, and writing about their home state in their composition courses.California Dreams and Realitiesis the one composition reader that allows students to do just that.

Author Biography

The coeditors are successful textbook authors who, between them, have over forty years of teaching experience in the California college classroom. SONIA MAASIK, a lecturer in the UCLA Writing Program, has taught writing from developmental to advanced levels. JACK SOLOMON, a professor of English at California State University, Northridge, teaches literature and critical theory and is often interviewed by the California media for analysis of current events and trends in the state. The two together also have published Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers, Fourth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003).

Table of Contents

   Preface for Instructors
    California: The Bellwether State
       [Developing Active Reading strategies: Jack Lopez, Of Cholos and Surfers]
  1. California Dreaming: Myths of the Golden Land
    Frontispiece: Sunkist CA Dream box label
    James J. Rawls, California: A Place, a People, a Dream
    Garci Rodriguez Ordonez de Montalvo, The Queen of California
    IMAGE: William Grent, Map of North America showing California as an Island (1625)
    Anonymous, Notes of a California Expedition
    Denise S. Spooner, A New Perspective on the Dream
    Joan Didion, Notes from a Native Daughter
    Richard Rodriguez, Proofs
    Deborah Miranda, Indian Cartography
    IMAGE: Judith Lowry, Roadkill Warrior: Last of His Tribe
    Michael J. O'Brien, Orange County Historian
  2. The Great Migration: Immigrants in California History
    Frontispiece: Dennis Keeley, Strip Mall, Los Angeles
    Jewelle Taylor Gibbs and Teiahsha Bankhead, Coming to California: Chasing the Dream
    Yeh Ling-Ling, State Needs a ‘Time-Out' from Mass Immigration
    IMAGE: Ricardo Duffy, The New Order
    Editors, Contra Costa Times, Revamp Immigration
    Connie Young Yu, The World of Our Grandmothers
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Manzanar, U.S.A.
    IMAGE: Group of young Japanese girls
    Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Maid in L.A.
    William Langewiesche,Invisible Men
    Donald E. Miller, Jon Miller, and Grace Dyrness, Religious Dimensions of the Immigrant Experience
    Nayereh Tohidi, Iranian Women and Gender Relations in Los Angeles
    Nancy Wride, Vietnamese Youths No Longer Look Homeward
    Mario Garcia, My Latino Heart
  3. The Best-Laid Plans: Education and the California Dream
    Frontispiece: Paul Fell, Tuition Increase
    Frank Norris, The ‘English Courses' at the University of California
    Mike Rose, A Visit to Edwin Markham Intermediate School
    Carol Jago, Something There Is That Doesn't Love a List
    Sylvia Fox, Testing, Anyone?
    Sandra Nichols, A Win-win for the High School Exit Exam
    Lesli Maxwell, Cuts Crush College Promise
    Ruben Navarette, Jr., ‘Well, I Guess They Need Their Minority'
    John McWhorter, It Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad
    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Yuba City School
  4. The Geography of Desire: California and the Sense of Place
    Frontispiece: New California State Quarter/John Muir at Yosemite
    Dana Gioia, California Hills in August
    IMAGE: Willard Dixon, Petaluma Fields
    J. A. English-Lueck, Identified by Technology
    KQED, The Castro Q & A
    David Mas Masumoto, As If the Farmer Died
    Gary Snyder, Cultivating Wildness
    Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy
    James D. Houston, In Search of Oildorado
    IMAGE: Oildorado Days
    Ramon Garcia, Suburbia
    Judith Lewis, Interesting Times
    Joel Garreau, Edge City: Irvine
    Gary Paul Nabhan, The Palms in Our Hands
  5. Exporting Culture: California and the Popular Imagination
    Frontispiece: The Hollywood Sign
    Blake Allmendinger, All about Eden
    David Fine,Surviving Apocalypse
    Nathanael West, from The Day of the Locust
    IMAGE: Thomas Hart Benton, Hollywood
    Dana Polan, California through the Lens of Hollywood
    James J. Flink, The Automobile Age in California
    Alice Kahn, Berkeley Explained
    Patricia Leigh Brown, The New Chinatown? Try the Asian Mall
    William McClung, Arcadia and Utopia
  6. (Mis)Managing California: Politics, Environment, and the State of the State
    Frontispiece: Monarch, California's Last Wild Grizzly and Symbol for State Flag
    Andrew Murr and Jennifer Ordonez, Tarnished Gold
    Mark Baldassare, Regional Diversity
    IMAGE: Sunset Magazine Illustration, Life's Best Mixture -- Sun and Air and Gasoline
    David Carle, Sprawling Gridlock
    Gerald Haslam, The Water Game
    Marc Reisner, Things Fall Apart
    IMAGE: Warning Sign, Almeda Qucksilver County Park
    Richard Steven Street, Battling Toxic Racism
    Gary Soto, The First
    Victor Davis Hanson,Paradise Lost
    Anita Creamer, We're Only Confirming [California's] Flaky Image
    Glen Browder, Guiding the Great Experiment: California's Recall and America's Democratic Destiny

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