Category Archives: HISTORY

Quotes related to Nacirema, immigration, identity, etc.

~ Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery. ~ Jack Paar

~ Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists. ~ FDR

~ Our true nationality is mankind. ~ H G Wells

~ A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common fear of its neighbors. ~ WR Ing

~ We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race. ~ Cicero

~ The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself. ~ Saul Alinsky

~ As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports. ~ Eric Hobsbawm

~ Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

~ I think we Americans tend to put too high a price on unanimity, as if there were something dangerous and illegitimate about honest differences of opinion honestly expressed by honest men. ~ J William Fulbright

Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else?
~ Budd Schulberg


Your Papers, Please: What the Real ID Act Means for New York

England Announces National Identity Card

Surrendra Santoki on National Identity

Anna Deavere Smith

Conversations with Studs Terkel

A People’s History of The United States (Howard Zinn)

So What is or who are Nacirema?

It depends…

A video by NAT GEO ADVENTURE explains one concept

Welcome to the land of Nacirema

The official blog for Nacirema, A multimedia, theatrical performance and experience that will be featured as one of the “Artistic Blind Dates” award recipients through the Source Theatre Festival 2011. Developed and written by Tewodross Melchishua (Filmmaker/Visual Artist), Debbi Arseneaux (Performer) and Martín Gendelman (Musician).

Nacirema is about identity, culture and control, set in a alternative society that is intent on maintaining all levels of control and thought. It is a visual folktale told from the perspective of a young female artist, and incorporates performance with music, visuals, and dance to weave a narrative that encourages the audience to not only participate, but to consider the reality of being a “citizen” and a member of the larger society.

This project is kindly funded through a grant by the Source Theatre/Cultural Development Corporation.