I thought some more about the exercise we did in class “Another word for Donald’s Dreams is ______” Thinking along the lines of “corrective history,” I think it’s really important to consider how Donald’s age plays a role in understanding his history, and thus understanding how to correct it. It kept bothering me why Donald was so reluctant to listen to his father when he talking about how “Donald Duk may be the very last American-born Chinese to believe you have to give up being Chinese to be an American” (Chin 42). His conflict lies within his indentity crisis and as we said in class his double conciousness. However, I do not think Donald would be having this identity crisis if he were not twelve years old. He is on the brink of teenagedom, the Chinese New Year is placing emphasis on his transition to adulthood, he is worried about his sexuality; Donald, to put it lightly, is going throughhhhhh it. All of this transistion makes him fight authority (his teacher and his dad). Donald will not listen to anyone, let alone his father, because he is trying to grasp any sort of identity he can hold onto, and giving into authority of any kind would be to lose his own autonomy. His dreams then are his own way of understanding what everyone is throwing at him from all directions and making sense of it in his own head. In short, it makes it seem like his own idea and that is something Donald can make peace with. The journey that Donald took would not have occured if it were not for his dreams. Thoughts? Interested in what you all think about how critical his age is to his story. I feel like we brushed over that aspect of Donald’s identity.
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