Video Package for Grades 5-12
Routledge – 1998
Since 1992, Teja Arboleda has traveled to schools around the country presenting his one-man performance-lecture Ethnic Man! Teja is the quintessential multicultural American. Born in New York City and raised primarily in Germany and Japan, Teja's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage have combined giving him a unique perspective on the American identity crisis.
Throughout his travels, Teja Arboleda has met thousands of other Americans who are struggling daily to understand their cultural and national identity. His insightful discussions with audience members about their heritage and cultural perspective has confirmed Arboleda's assertion that people are rarely what they seem, and that race and culture are ultimately subjective matters.
Elements of the Ethnic Man! Educational Package:
Ethnic Man! videotape: Approximately 35-minute videotape containing the Ethnic Man! performance program specially produced for today's visually acute middle and high school students. Contains more personal photographs, super8 footage, and National Archive images, embedded in an exciting blend of special effects and animation.
Video Teacher's Introduction: Sit back, relax and enjoy this lively 10-minute introduction to diversity and the Ethnic Man! program presented by Teja Arboleda.
Teacher's Guide: Approximately 16-page teacher's guide containing program-specific vocabulary, discussion questions, a transcript of the audiotape program, and classroom activities. Contributing editor: William A. Howe, EdD, Associate Consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Audiocassette: Five minutes each side, the Ethnic Man! audiotape contains idioms and rhymes familiar to young people in the countries where Teja grew up.
Cultural Objects Flash Cards: Six eight-and-a-half by eleven flash cards containing an image of an object that will be unfamiliar to most American students. The cards are a tool to help students understand what it's like to be presented with unique objects from a foreign culture and to learn how they might use their intuition to figure out the purpose of unfamiliar objects they may encounter. These lessons can be related to the acculturation process faced by newcomers to the United States.