Good Tidings and Greater College and University Outreach for All

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Sarai Koo Launches Media Tour for Seoul Food: Short Stories of A Korean American Living in Los Angeles


Sarai Koo, an American woman of Korean ancestry, interrogates the myth of the “model minority” with poignancy and humor in her first book, Seoul Food: A Korean American Living in Los Angeles. This book is a contemporary memoir of a young woman’s ability to define herself despite pressures to conform.

Among the topics Koo takes on include body image and beauty standards, educational institutions, overcoming the aftermath of the 1990s LA riots, and, of course, food — Seoul food.

Although my personal opinion of this book may be biased due to my acquaintance with the author, the book’s biggest strength is that it shows the complexity of the LA-Pico Rivera community during the 1980s and 90s and beyond making this book a natural read for historians and urban planners, as well as anyone interested in culture.

I’m looking forward to chatting with Sarai Koo about what prompted her to write her memoir, so “stay tuned”.

The book is available at Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena and Hasting’s Ranch, and on Amazon.

Get a copy!

Urban Planners Sharing Stories: thrdPlace Meets The Edge at Base Camp

Silicon Beach, CA — Among the kind and talented who converged on NextSpace for the Immigration reform talk sponsored by this past Tuesday, was a representative from thrdPlace, an urban planning/community organizing team led by DeKoven Ashley and Mike Colosimo. As this interview with Carrie Norton, founder and CEO of Green Business Base Camp, demonstrates, Ashley and Colosimo prove that growth is a social and a local process of engagement. I wore my OFA hat, to listen and learn about how urban initiatives are re-shaping the world of work. The new world, I learned, is built on the simple premise, as Ashley and Colosimo state, of showing up and not being afraid to share stories in an effort to build a bright future.

Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogies


The Cultural Studies Association’s 13th Annual Meeting is May 21-24th in Riverside, CA.

This year’s theme is “Another University is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy”.

General Submissions due December 15th. (See Working Groups tab located on website under “Working Groups” for specific deadlines for specific working groups.)

Notifications sent out February 15th.

Early registration begins February 15th.

Early registration ends and late registration begins April 15th.

View #CSA ( website for more information.

Teaching Vocabularly: Providing an Academic Lifeline


How is vocabulary integrated into your reading and writing composition curricula? I am constantly searching for new ways to incorporate vocabulary. Ideally, it would be great to spend at least 15 minutes per class period on vocabulary-building activities with my writing and reading students. I learned something new when I integrated vocab-building into my classroom teaching. Students are excited to hear new words.

That is why I have decided to spend more time crafting vocabulary building activities into my Spring semester courses. In the meantime, I recommend all of my students get a copy of The Ultimate Book of Words Students Should Know, the text that I use to build vocabulary.

I shared a few words from the “A” section of this book with my current students. I noticed two things: they were completely and totally silent as a read the words. The exception was when some students asked for clarification. And at least one student seemed to like to predict the next vocabulary word on on the list.

It is too early for me to tell how these activities impact students’ overall learning and comprehension, but I do know that my students are excited about filling their notebook with new words from this book.

Mindful Outlining

Mindful Outlines –

Creating an outline need not be difficult. Think of an outline as a frame for your wonderful ideas.

For more on outlining, consult C: 12-14; C: 13-14, A: 73-74, and MLA: 426 in your Diana Hacker guide.

Outlines take on various forms. I like to tell students that my favorite metaphor for an essay outline is a restaurant menu.

You can even create your very own style of outline. But the important thing to remember is that the purpose of an outline is to organize your thoughts. Without a method for organizing your thoughts, you may find it difficult to start writing. You may, for example, worry about what to say, or what to analyze. An outline prevents you from scrambling at the last minute for evidence to back up your thesis statement, or commentary to explain your assertion. An outline shows all of the items that you will discuss in your essay. Therefore, an outline lists the selections that are offered in the menu. The menu is your essay. There are several different ways to approach writing an outline. The following section provides examples of how to create two different kinds of outlines: A). An informal, or sketch, outline and B). A formal outline.

Informal Outline (aka, a sketch, or a sketch outline)

How to write a sketch outline

Place your working thesis on the top line.
Each subsequent line contains a discussion of your thesis.
Present your discussion with bullet points.

For example:
Working thesis: College students formally educated in the United States of America may benefit from studying the governmental structures of other countries.

— By studying the various ways other nations organize governments, college students will broaden their understanding of organizational structure.
— Students will learn that not all governments have the same expectations for public participation.
— Democracies may, or may not, be absolutely democratic.
— Forms of democracy have pre-dated the United States of America and therefore, students can appreciate how concepts such as equality have evolved over time.

How to write a formal outline

Place your actual thesis on the top line.

I. Use the Roman Numeral or the Harvard Numeral system to organize each part of your essay.
Make sure to use complete sentences, or at the very least, phrases that are clear and descriptive.
II. You must include at least two items per level (or section).
Keep your major sections to a minimum.
You may add more subsections if necessary.

For example:
Thesis: Aristotle laid the groundwork for the way modern scholars analyze governmental structures. Researcher Dante C. Simbulan’s book The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy (2005) echoes Aristotle’s study of of oligarchies and democracies by focusing on 20th Century elites in the Philippines. Students of politics and government may appreciate the examples provided in this text in order to gain insight into oligarchic governance.

I. Aristotle writes about the various forms of government in the essay, “Democracy and Oligarchy.”
A. Aristotle defines oligarchy as rule by the rich (63).
B. Aristotle defines democracy as rule by the free (63)
II. Ironically, this binary implies that under an oligarchy, although the rich may not, necessarily be free, they are able to use their resources to control society.
A. One example of a modern-day oligarchy is the pre-21st Century governmental structure of the Philippines chronicled by scholar Dante C. Simbulan in the book, The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy (2005).
This book details the cultivation and recruitment of people from elite families into the political life of the Philippines, mostly during the 1940s and the 1960s.
B. Simbulan examines wealth, privilege, educational, and land-owning status of native and immigrant populations in the Philippines in order to come up with a theory of modern-day oligarchy.
C. Simbulan asserts that an oligarchical structure, in this case, does not facilitate democratic governance, but instead facilitates dysfunctional societal and cultural norms.