Selected Projects

“The Futility of Identity: Reflections of Class in Cultural Appropriation and Assimilation” presented at the Honors Research Symposium for Religious Studies at The University of Alabama in February 2019. Advised by Dr. Merinda Simmons, this presentation complicated the ownership of “identity” by analyzing claims of cultural appropriation through the lenses of race and class. Specific cultural examples discussed included Kendrick Lamar’s 2018 Music Midtown performance and Chinese American immigrant assimilation into US culture in the late nineteenth century.

Standing at a lectern, Jade presents his paper "The Futility of Identity." An image of Kendrick Lamar as "Kung Fu Kenny" is shown on a screen behind Jade.
Jade, at the lectern, presents his paper “The Futility of Identity.”

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