Thoughts on “The Crossing”.

After reading the article, I had more questions than answers.

The one question that kept coming to mind was; has anyone ever returned back to his country? And if so, what are the social implications of their returns? Are they ostracized and abandoned by their families? Do they have a family to go back to? How are the younger siblings of these boys surviving, unless they are already dead or have run away themselves?

Other questions that come to mind are, how did the writer of this article (Dr. Alexander), come to interact with these boys? What is her story and how did she leave and enter the camps? How long was she there for? Through what means was she able to enter? What did it take for her to leave? What privileges and advantages of mobility did Dr. Alexander have, besides being an American citizen that the boys did not have? What are the implications, disadvantages, advantages of a woman, and a foreign white woman, living amongst young boys and men in such conditions? Although, incorporating some of these answers in the article may take away from the focus of Bambino’s story, I think it is important for the writer to briefly discuss her positionality and how the relationship changed as the boys revealed their stories to the author.

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  1. Thank you for raising these important questions, Lindita, which I hope we’ll take some time to address is class… “How did the author come to interact with these boys? What is her story and how did she leave and enter the camps? How long was she there for? Through what means was she able to enter? What did it take for her to leave? What privileges and advantages of mobility did she have, besides being an American citizen that the boys did not have? What are the implications, disadvantages, advantages of a woman, and a foreign white woman, living amongst young boys and men in such conditions?” Important for us to think about these in the context of building your research projects this semester!

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