LETTER TO THE EDITOR | For Some of Us, This Isn’t Ideological

Re: “‘Disenchanted’ Students Seek Alternative to Clinton and Trump,” News, Nov. 6

To the editor:

Yesterday, The Cornell Daily Sun published an article titled, “‘Disenchanted’ Students Seek Alternative to Clinton and Trump.” Cornell Political Union member, Nate Baker ’17, states that, “Growing up in the era of gridlock has disenchanted many young voters from tradition party affiliation, We don’t feel loyal to a party, but rather to values, to candidates and to ideology.”

While Mr. Baker offers an interesting perspective, he fails to acknowledge another reason why many young voters are disenchanted with the current state of politics:

For many of us, this election is not a matter of values, appealing candidates or ideologies in abstraction, but rather, a matter of survival. Though values and ideologies are highly important, we also must fully consider the perspective of those who are not just disenchanted by the political system, but also disenfranchised by the system as a whole. As an undocumented student my life changed drastically in 2012, when President Obama issued an executive action that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which I was able to get a work permit and driver’s license. DACA has given me the ability to attend Cornell and have bright job prospects upon graduation; however, since the primary days, Donald Trump has vowed to end DACA, something he could easily do given that it is under executive power.


Seoul Searching: Stereotypes, Authenticity, Diversity

Seoul Searching (directed by Benson Lee) starts in black and white, old reels and footage of Korea as a narrator gives a quick historical background to give us the setting for the film. After a devastating war, many Koreans left the peninsula in search of a better life, bringing their young children to America and Europe. As so often happens in immigrant stories, the children inevitably experienced a distinct loss of heritage and understanding of Korean culture. In an attempt to mitigate this, the South Korean government implemented a program during the ’80s to bring children of immigrants to Korea for a summer camp to learn about their Korean heritage. This movie revolves around a set of these kids — Sid (Justin Chon), Klaus (Teo Yoo), Sergio (Esteban Ahn), Grace (Jessika Van), Kris (Rosalina Leigh) to name a few — going to this camp.

Eilis, the film's heroine, is forced to choose between two men.

Romance and the American Dream in Brooklyn

In the midst of a controversial Oscar season, one that is plagued by criticism for its lack of diversity, we can assure ourselves of one thing — Saoirse Ronan deserves her place as an Academy Nominee for Best Actress in a Lead Role, for her gripping performance as timid Irish immigrant Eilis (AY-lish) Lacey in John Crowley’s Brooklyn. The film, based off Colm Tóibín’s novel of the same name, centers on Eilis and her voyage to the gilded United States — specifically Brooklyn — during the 1950s. Eilis lives in an Irish boarding house, shared with other immigrants and owned by the cheerfully senile Mrs. Kehoe (Barbara Walters) and works at a high-end department store. As she settles in, emotional turmoil ensues and the transition of leaving her sister, Rose, and her mother proves to be almost unbearable. It’s at this point of weakness that she’s intercepted by charismatic and stereotypically Italian Tony (Emory Cohen), who inevitably becomes her cross-cultured love interest.

Unjust Punishment for Immigration Detainees

With an ever-growing rate of immigrants entering the United States, detention centers are quickly filling up. Last year, more than 300,000 people were held for administrative purposes, rather than for punitive or criminal reasons. Under international law, all detainees are eligible for healthcare and must receive necessary medical care to ensure an individual’s life is not at risk. While required, the majority of detainees receive little if any medical care. In considering that some have died because of this maltreatment, the neglect may have an underlying motive to discourage immigration.

Prof Explores Migration in Late 19th Century America

A sizeable gathering of students and faculty assembled yesterday afternoon in Kaufman Auditorium for the annual Rabinor lecture, hosted by the American Studies Program. Prof. Derek Chang, history and American studies, spoke on the topic of migration and population dynamics in late nineteenth century America.