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to pass on family traditions, according to
Mamadou Diouf, an Afroamerican and Afri-
can Studies professor.
"(Griots) are called 'the people of the
word,' men and women with extraordinary
memories and rhetorical talents," Diouf said.
"They are the repositories of traditions and
history of families and communities."
Like the traditional griots, James's grand-
mother inherited the stories from her own
family, although she never performed them
to anyone outside her family.
"She never really performed in public, but
I took it to the public," James said.
Storytelling inspires children to find out
more about their ancestry, which in turn
helps strengthen their identity as African
Americans, James said.
In 1977, the tradition garnered wide-
spread public attention after Alex Haley
published "Roots," a Pulitzer-Prize win-
In "Roots," Haley uncovered his ances-
try in Africa through the griot in the vil-
lage where his ancestors came from.
James said the book, along with the
Civil Rights Movement, inspired African
Americans to become more interested in
their family histories.
"People wanted to go back and find out
more," she said.
Storytelling has also become increas-
ingly popular among other minority groups,
She used the example of "Memoirs of a
Geisha" to signify the importance of story-
telling in other communities.
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The book was written by Arthur Golden,
a white man.
James said although she did not want to
discredit Golden's talent, she felt that a Jap-
anese woman's story could not be correctly
portrayed by anyone other than a Japanese
"Until the person who's a member of the
group tells the story, you really don't get
the fullness of the beauty," she said.
James's story began when her grand-
mother visited Belle Isle and saw two men
walking on the frozen river.
"My grandmother knew they couldn't
possibly get through the water. What were
they going to do?" James said.
The two men then dug a hole when they
stopped walking, and her grandmother real-
ized that they were ice fishing, something
she had never seen before. The two men,
James said, never caught any fish when her
grandmother sat on the shore and watched.
Later on, a young man came to fish.
Unlike the two old men who arrived first,
the young man caught one fish after anoth-
er, James said. Desiring to catch more fish,
one of them went to talk to the young man,
hoping to obtain some tips on fishing. But
the man only came back with some unrec-
Exasperated, James said, the other man
took on the mission to talk to the young
man. During the first try, the man only
heard the rambling. He took off his ear-
muffs and asked again, but the young man
spitted out a string of rambling. The man
was confused by the young man's language.
He stood there and didn't know what to do,
James said. Eventually, the young man
spitted out his gum and said: "I said you
gotta keep the big worms!"
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American men are married to white
spouses and 37.1 percent of Japanese
females have a white husband.
Japanese interracial dating is com-
mon compared with other Asian Amer-
ican groups, especially South Asians,
Chinese and Vietnamese, which all
had interracial marriage rates below
American culture Prof. Phillip
Akutsu said Japanese Americans are
often more assimilated in the United
States than other Asian groups because
they tended to immigrate earlier.
"If you live three, four generations
in the U.S., you're much more accul-
turated," Akutsu said. "(The Japanese)
have come to see themselves as being
Music school senior Luci Kagaya,
who is half Japanese and half white,
said Japanese immigrants she knows
engage in interracial dating because
they think it's "cool" to date someone
who is white, black or from another
Chinese Americans and Indian
Americans have relatively low rates of
Akutsu said both groups recently
immigrated, and that this may contrib-
ute to low rates of interracial dating
because they are more likely to have
stronger ties to their heritage.
Statistics also show that Asian
women are more likely to marry out-
side of their race than Asian men.
For example, 83.1 percent of Filipino
men marry Filipino American women,
while only 62.7 percent of Filipino
American women marry within their
LSA junior Stephen Lin, who is a
Chinese American, said he believes
one reason is that negative stereotypes
of Asian males are prevalent in the
"You definitely see more Asian
women with a non-Asian guy and
not the other way around," Lin said.
"(In the media), white guys are more
confident, more aggressive than
Asian men are often portrayed as
nerds who are asexual, quiet, socially
awkward and good at martial arts,
Akutsu said. He said stars Jet Li and
Jackie Chan have never acted in mov-
ies where they had serious romantic
relationships with non-Asian women.
He said these stereotypes persist
because white Americans usually
don't have much interaction wifh
Asian Americans, especially since
they only make up 4 percent of the
Kagaya said Asian females are also
often stereotyped in the media.
"Some white guys think Asian girls are
more exotic and subservient," she said.
Akutsu also said Asian women are
portrayed as hypersexual in the media. lie
used actress Lucy Liu as an example.
"A lot of non-Asians ask (Asian)
women out hoping that they will fulfill
these stereotypes," Akutsu said.
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period has passed. Showing the house to prospective
tenants would be allowed after a quarter of the lease
period has passed.
The staggering of the dates is intended to allow
students a month to look at houses and make a more
informed choice before signing a lease.
It would be illegal for the city to set specific dates for
when renters can enter into a lease.
The ordinance has underlined the tension between
students and landlords in Ann Arbor. "It's a blame
game right now," said Laura Van Hyfte, MSA's City
Council liaison. "Students and landlords blame each
other for the market pressure."
The language would only affect September-to-Sep-
tember leases. Though the committee feels that most
leases are designed in this manner, there is some con-
cern that landlords may begin changing their lease
dates to a May-to-May format.
Van Hyfte said if landlords make the change, it will
prove that they are intent on creating market pressure.
"It would show they were trying to destroy the ordi-
nance," she said.
Cith Council and committee member Leigh Greden
(D-Ward 3) said he is in favor the ordinance.
"The negative impact on landlords will be min-
imal, but the positive impact for students will be
substantial," he said.
The committee also said the University could aid its
cause by shifting the housing fair back to fit the new
"I think this ordinance will be even stronger if the
University moves the date it holds its housing fair,"
committee member Wendy Woods (D-Ward 5) said.
Much of the meeting was consumed by partisan ten-
sion between Students 4 Michigan, the dominant MSA
party, and the Michigan Progressive Party, which plans
to challenge S4M in next month's elections.
MPP member Matt Stoker spoke repeatedly about
a Feb. 3 meeting that MPP members had with Mayor
John Hieftje. Stoker's comments were dismissed as
partisanship by some S4M members.
"It was just supposed to be students meeting with
City Council members," said Van Hyfte of S4M.
S4M members said MPP was trying to take tQo
much credit for the ordinance.
"If we want to get technical about it, S4M was there
from the start," Van Hyfte said. "MPP met two weeks
ago on something we've been working on for months."
Walter Nowinski, MPP's vice presidential candidate,
said the party invitedVan Hyfte and MSA President Jesse
Levine - a former member of S4M who became non-
partisan after being elected president - to the meeting.
Van Hyfte, though, said she had never been contacted.
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For Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006
(March 21 to April 19)
This is a good day for serious discus-
sions with close friends and partners.
Now is the time to make long-term
plans. You might also want to decide
how to shoulder the responsibility for
(April 20 to May 20)
You can get a lot done at work today.
In particular, choose tasks that require
great attention to detail. You have the
necessary patience to attend to this now.
(May 21 to June 20)
Discussions about the responsibilities
of children will go well today. You might
also be in a position to give children
advice. Possibly, someone advises you
about these matters as well.
(June 21 to July 22)
Whatever you buy for your home
today will be practical and long lasting.
Discussions with a parent or someone
older will be fruitful.
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
You're not in the mood for trivial
activities today. You want to work. You
want to accomplish something. You're
taking a long-range view of things, and
you want results.
(Am.?3to Sent 22)
from others. If you want this, you'll get
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Work alone or by yourself if you can
today. This is how you will get the most
done. This is a good day to research
things or dig deep for answers and solu-
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Someone older or more experienced
can offer you advice today. Quite possi-
bly, you're the older, more experienced
individual handing out advice. Either
way, it's a good thing.
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
You will say something that impresses
people today. They'll notice you. You'll
be viewed as wise, practical and the
voice of experience (no matter what your
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
This is the day to make serious, long-
range plans about travel, especially with
a partner. You might also come to an
agreement about legal or medical mat-
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
You will be very fair if you have to
divide something with someone today,
You take your responsibilities and obli-
gations seriously today.
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February 18, 2006
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