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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 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 Realities is the one composition reader that allows students to do just that.


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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 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 Realities is the one composition reader that allows students to do just that.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    April

    Reading this again now was like a time warp. Some of the issues discussed are still very much issues today, even 15+ years later. Which reminded me that although 15 years is quite a long time, in the scheme of history, it's not very long at all. Some of these issues I don't hear being discussed any longer, like affirmative action and bilingual education. But this reminds me of our growing ethnic heritage intermingling, with so many young kids now being born of mixed heritage. I was trying to thi Reading this again now was like a time warp. Some of the issues discussed are still very much issues today, even 15+ years later. Which reminded me that although 15 years is quite a long time, in the scheme of history, it's not very long at all. Some of these issues I don't hear being discussed any longer, like affirmative action and bilingual education. But this reminds me of our growing ethnic heritage intermingling, with so many young kids now being born of mixed heritage. I was trying to think of any go-sei (fifth generation Japanese American) kids who are full Japanese. My friends are mostly yon-seis and they are either mixed themselves or are married to or seriously dating people who are not of their same ethnicity. Soon, the only place you'll find 100% Japanese kids are in Japan--definitely not in the US. I enjoyed the poem by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni called "Yuba City School" and it was educational for me to read more about California's history and comeuppance. An essay by Lary May called "The New Frontier: 'Hollywood,' 1914-1920" had a line that reminded me of an ex-bf: "As the homes in the city began to emulate this style in small with Spanish or Moorish motifs, a real estate developer, Abbot Kinney, took the next logical step. Near the Pacific Ocean he created an entire community modeled on Venice, Italy, complete with canals, gondolas, and a doge palace, surrounded with flamboyant homes in wished to sell to new comers in search of fun and safe living." pg. 309 This reminds me of my ex because he moved to Venice Beach, we spent time together on Abbot Kinney (and I didn't know that referenced any person at all, let alone the person who developed that entire area of LA), and he used to refer to his dog as "doge" which I'm not even sure what that means without looking it up. In any case, this was another read from a college era book that I wanted to do justice to before abandoning to Goodwill. I almost want to keep it for posterity's sake--to read again in another 15 years to see what has/hasn't changed about California land, politics, and demographics.

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