Made in L.A.
The film Made in L.A. is a documentary that follows the lives of three Latina immigrants named Maura, Lupe and Maria. The documentaries shows their struggles and abuse working for the trendy retailer Forever 21, and also provides a deep look into their personal lives and the connection of hardship that bonds them together. The film touches on how they all came to the United States and why the women felt the need to move from home to a foreign country. All women possessed similar factors that got them to make the great exodus. They wanted a better life, fell into financial hardship that could be solved in the United States or left because of a personal disaster.
These women are undocumented immigrants but are no different than documented American women. They have felt abuse, distress, empathy, and love. Two of the women have children, the only difference between them is that Maria’s children lives in the United States with her and Maura’s children lives in Mexico. They become united, along with other latino’s, working for Forever 21. They found solace together in L.A.’s Garment Worker Center to make a stand for their rights.
The Latino immigrants worked along with the Centers Kimi Lee, Julie Su, and Joann Lo. Kimi Lee was the Centers director and became inspired to help the movement because her parents were also immigrants. Kimi’s mother in particular worked in very similar conditions to these women. Her mom was a seamstress in San Francisco, and would occasionally take Kimi to work with her, and thats when she personally saw the mistreatment of immigrants. Julie Su was the lawyer that represented the Center and was also an immigrant. Joann Lo was the former lead organizer at the Garment Worker Center and appeared the least in the documentary compared Kimi and Julie.
I chose the documentary because it was the most captivating piece of work I’ve seen or read about since the last thought response paper. I loved how the documentary...
...A Thing Called “Love”
The difference between two separate opinions of love could be very similar, yet could be drastically contrasting. In the story "Love in L.A.", written by Dagoberto Gilb, Jake has, what would appear to a normal person, a skewed vision of love. Out of everything in his world he could chose to love, it is his car that he loves. His car means everything to him and it seems as if nothing else matters. In the story "The Love of My Life", by T.C. Boyle, two teenagers seem to love each other so passionately that they are willing to risk the life of their own child to keep, what they consider in their eyes, a perfect life. Like Jake in “Love in L.A.” and the teenagers in “The Love of My Life”, people’s view on love can sway many different ways, sometimes clouding their ability to make the proper decision.
In “Love in L.A.” Jake has a deep love for his car and everything about it. Even as he rides in his car, he thinks of ways to make it better. While he describes adding accessories such as "crushed velvet interior...warm heater and defroster...and cruise control," Jake falls even further into a daze. To the reader the car is just an old piece of junk. This old piece of junk is more than enough to keep Jake happy. Without any friends or someone to talk to, his beat up Buick is the only thing he is able to connect with. For example, his awkward encounter with Mariana shows how strangers perceive him, which could...
...June 1, 2011
“Love in L.A.” by Dagoberto Gilb
Selfish, deceitful people exist throughout America. Yet, from reading the short story “Love in L.A.” the rest of America would probably view the way the city promotes it’s lifestyle as disoriented. The story is centered on a man born a raised in the city of L.A. rear ending a young woman, but lying to her about every facet of his life. Reading the story you would know that it is not about love as its title states but about how everyday people lead their daily lives, using trickery, schemes, and lies to get what they want, how they want it, by any means necessary. Stereotypes of the city drive this whole story.
L.A. is an extremely fast paced and callous city. The city as a whole is superficial just as the people that live in it. Numerous relationships in this city have been foreseen as reckless. Most familiar Hollywood icon displaying this behavior is Elizabeth Taylor. This woman married eight times to seven different men, divorcing every one. Most recent Arnold Schwarzenegger former Governor of California and Maria Shriver’s recent split, with him fathering a son with their once nanny from over a decade.
Thus, the location and time that the accident took place in the story plays a significant role in providing insight of the individuals whom live in L.A. The fact the collision took place on a crowded highway during rush hour tells us that during...
...Love in L.A. Abstract
Traditional love stories have honest, generous, and sometimes wealthy men who show up on white horses to sweep women off their feet. These stories demonstrate how two strangers can meet unexpectedly, fall in love and live happily ever after. Most romantic associations these days don’t follow this pattern and the only time you can see it nowadays is in movies. This story goes against the tradition from the beginning when Gilb defines Jake as a self-absorbed, unemployed playboy. The lies that ensue just go on to exhibit the differences between usual love stories and this love story. Throughout the entire story the audience is able to understand and identify gender roles associations and stereotype characterization through the dialog between characters, the thoughts of characters and how Gilb wants us to insert our own conceptions of the male and female stereotypes.
Dagoberto Gilb does an excellent job at demonstrating gender classifications and the use of stereotypical characters in the short story, “Love in L.A.” Whether it is the thoughts of the characters that Gilb includes for us to read or the dialog that takes place between them, we are able to see that the characters are not exaggerated in any way from the people we meet and greet everyday. The portrayal of the characters is outstanding because from the moment we are introduced to them to the time they separate, we can see where each character is...
...Made in America
The Movie, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, is a documentary that informs people outside of the projects of LA, just what life looks like from an insider’s perspective. Many people don’t understand gangs and what it is that started the huge uprising of them. Growing up in the projects and being turned away from many youth groups took a large psychological toll on many of the kids growing up in LA in the 60’s. Instead of Boy Scouts, and other youth groups, the youth turned to making groups that eventually resulted in gangs. Not only were they turned away from youth groups but also unfairly treated by authority, which triggered African Americans to search for more of a sense of belonging. Gangs started small and seemingly harmless until the Bloods and Crips came into the picture. These two gangs being the first to turn violent with each other started a cycle of violence that may never be broken. The major things Peralta revealed to the viewers of this movie was that from all the unfair treatment coming from authority it lead to a cycle of violence that took a large psychological toll on the youth who were involved in these gangs. Other outside sources bring in more information that furthers what Peralta claims by revealing examples of violence, inequality, and an unbreakable cycle.
Those living in the projects, either gang affiliated or not, often received unfair treatment from authority. In the article released in 1988 in the...
...Made to order, E style
1. What was Dell’s original strategy?
Dell’s strategy is to sell directly to customer and build computer thru customer’s own specifications, which they made a dominant share on the market on made-to-order PC’s. This strategy also encompasses customer service which they entailed an ordering system through phone. These steps made by Dell are to make the customer comfortable.
2. Why is Dell losing the competitive edge of its original strategy?
As technology arises, a variety of PC configurations also arises in the market. This allows customers to choose in an infinite number of configurations which makes Dell lose its advantage. Another thing that made Dell lose its competitive edge is that the competitors adopted their idea having the customers to choose in a wide range of configurations and preferred brand.
3. What is Dell’s new strategy? How does the new strategy use IT? Has the new strategy replaced or supported the original strategy?
Dell’s new strategy is to use the web as way of commerce. This strategy supports Dell’s original strategy to make customer comfortable. A better relationship with Dell’s customers were cultivated through E style since inquiries and other customers questions can be answered within a minutes. Also, this gives Dell a more comfortable way of ordering system, cut cost in Phone calls.
4. Competitors ( such as IBM, Compaq) have adopted...
“Made in America”
The trend towards outsourcing overseas and the slowly decreasing of American manufacturing has made it very difficult to find American-made goods, but not impossible. There are a few small businesses that are still dedicated to manufacturing goods in the United States, but in today’s society, they are hard to come by. Buying goods manufacturing in the USA is something that us consumers, business owners and even the government can do to support these businesses that manufacture their products in America.
1. No Language Barrier: Communication with your suppliers would be much easier if you’re manufacturing in the United States. There would be no language barrier, no cultural conflict, and overall much easier communication.
2. Product Quality: Product quality would definitely be less of a concern since United States based companies are generally more reliable and quality expectations are much higher in the US. When a business outsources it’s manufacturing, it has to consider its ability to oversee and regulate the production process. Unless you can afford to pay one of your own employees to be on site for every shift, you won’t be able to observe and control the quality of your product and the overall production.
3. Shipping: By manufacturing in America, there is obviously a quicker turnaround and shipping for products. You wouldn’t have the risk of product damage associated with shipping or even...
...Drama Critique: The L.A. Complex
The L.A. Complex is a relatively new drama broadcast on the CW network. Now in its second season, the show has quickly become a favorite of mine as well as many critics, being referred to as the CW network’s “hidden gem.”
The show’s main characters are: Abby Vargas (Cassie Steele), Sean Dugan/Kaldrick King (Andra Fuller), Connor Lake (Jonathan Patrick Moore), Nick Wagner (Joe Dinicol), and Raquel Westbrook (Jewel Staite).
Abby Vargas is a young Canadian girl in her early twenties who packs up a single bag and moves to L.A. in hopes of becoming a successful actress. Abby has fallen into and out of the arms of a couple of the main characters, including Nick and Connor; Abby was even involved in a recurring threesome among fellow cast members of a Christian show, but she is now involved with and suddenly married to a charming soldier, Gray, who is soon shipping out to duty.
Sean Dugan, better known by his stage name Kaldrick King is a successful rapper, in his mid-20s, living the high life, but struggling with being a closeted homosexual and the pressures introduced by his fame, wealth, success, and rough past. Kal is struggling to be in a healthy relationship with a new interest, lawyer Christopher Taylor, because of the guilty scars left from his violent attack on ex-boyfriend, Tariq.
Connor Lake is a British actor who has just landed the star role in a new medical drama, but is deeply...
...LAWS420 – Professor Williamson |
Week One Case Studies |
Case Study 1.1, Case Study 1.2 |
Christina Youmans |
Case Study 1.1: Made in the U.S.A.-Dumped in Brazil, Africa, and Iraq... Question #4: If no law is broken, is there anything wrong with dumping? If so, when is it wrong and why? Do any moral considerations support dumping products overseas when this violates U.S. law? Case Study 1.2: The A7D Affair Question #4: Do you think Vandivier was wrong to work up the qualification report? Explain the moral principle or principles that underlie your judgment. |
Case Study #1
“Dumping is a term apparently coined by Mother Jones magazine to refer to the practice of exporting to other countries products that have been banned or declared hazardous in the United States (Shaw, 2012).” The question is; if no law is broke, is there anything wrong with dumping? My answer would be that there is no real right or wrong. There seems to be many stipulations, when it comes to dumping, especially in multimarket and industries that deal with trades.
First, we must consider why dumping takes place. “A wide array of situations can give rise to dumping. These include price discrimination, divergent market structures at home and abroad, multimarket oligopolistic interaction, entry...