Does Diversity Mean Equality?

Around the world, teens are told by their parents that if they come to America, they’ll have the opportunity to live the “American Dream”. They tell them that opportunities for success is abundant and all it takes is a willingness to adjust to a change of environment and culture. What they don’t realize, however, is that merely arriving in the country as an immigrant and receiving citizenship does not always guarantee equal opportunities for true assimilation is a dream laden with difficulty.

In a novel by Irene Blemraad called Becoming a Citizen, it states that ,“foreigners’ political incorporation is not just a question of the type of people countries receive, but of the reception given to them.” Tolerance and diversity aside, there are challenges faced by immigrants in everyday life that greatly differ from those of society’s norm. It is no surprise that political integration is difficult for immigrants since job opportunities are limited and poverty rates are higher even for those who have acquired citizenship.

Civic cohesion and political integration are the things that define citizenship, yet they make up the greatest roadblock faced by immigrants and foreign citizens. Statistics from the Census Bureau show that the poverty rate for immigrants and their U.S.-born children is 17 percent; 50 percent higher than that of natives. Integration into a new society and progress can be made, but even those who have been here for 20 years are more likely to be in poverty, lack insurance, or use welfare.

This leads to the question: can unity develop from diversity? Even if citizenship is acquired, when will a chance for a life equal in opportunities and equal in political voice be made possible for the majority of those born outside of the country?

The lives of Millennials who have come from foreign countries may not exist in the ways they are often expected. Living in a different country demands numerous adjustments and the prospect of having the same opportunities as natives does not always meet reality. However, living in the Millennial generation means living amongst diversity and the greatest divergence of culture to date. I believe that immigration is something that cannot exist without the strenuous strive for incorporation. Nationality differences will always stand as barriers, but with a love for diversity and multiculturalism, national equality will soon make its way.


Doctor Reunion

When will we see another Doctor reunion? We have only had one in New Who so far to this point. Actually, I am not sure about this Christmas special or whatever the episode was where the twelfth Doctor meets the first Doctor. I also just remembered the children in need mini episode where the tenth Doctor met the fifth Doctor.  It would be interesting to look at how many times in classic who did doctors meet other incarnations of themselves.

Well, I looked into it. The answer is 4 times. I thought it would be higher than that but it makes sense. So now the show has been running form its continuation for about 13 years. Classic who ran from 1963 to the late 80’s. Let’s say around 25 years. Well if we don’t count the children in need episode and we don’t count the recent episode than we really only have one true storyline that includes multiple doctors in new who. I, as a fan, am not satisfied with this. I want more. I don’t just mean the Doctor either, I want the companions to come back too. I want River back the most. I know she was just in the Christmas special last year but I hate that now we have basically closed the character. Who knows though. I still have hope.

Now, I know that if we have multi-doctor storylines all the time then they cease to be special but I just really want a nice storyline with Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen. Just imagine it. The Day of the Doctor but way better! I have seen some interviews with David Tennant and Matt Smith where the interviewer asks about a possibility of returning to the show. Each time that is asked I see David or Matt responding that they would love to but it needs to be the right time. They don’t want to come back too often otherwise it will not be as good. This gives me hope that in the future I will see an awesome multi-doctor episode. This is probably likely to happen on the 60th Anniversary of the show in 2023. That may seem like a long ways away but I can remember 2013 like it was only yesterday.

All that being said, I think the fans would love to see more crossovers between the different Doctor incarnation. I am torn between the possibility of the scenario getting too boring but also the fact that it would mean my favorite characters would be coming back.



Just Say NO…to Clara Oswald.


Today, I want to talk to about my thoughts on Clara Oswald, the 11th into 12th Doctor’s companion. The main things that I have decided about her are that she idolized the 11th Doctor and the way that he looked, was very much a damsel, and didn’t fully develop into a good companion until we see the last of her, in this class, in the episode “Hell Bent”.

The reason that I claim Clara idolizes Matt Smith’s version of the Doctor is the way that she grieves the loss of him by being rude to Capaldi’s Doctor in “Deep Breath”. This is seen as Clara is in disbelief that Capaldi could actually be her young and dashing Doctor, whom she grew to love. She states, “Where did he get that face? Why’s it got lines on it? It’s brand new. How can his hair be all grey? He only just got it!” This proves, to me, that Clara is struggling to realize that the Doctor changes and that she truly does not understand that he has no control over the changes that he undergoes. This disbelief and grief is seen again when she is speaking with Madame Vastra. Vastra looks at Clara with pity and says, “But he is The Doctor. He has walked the universe for centuries untold. He has seen stars fall to dust. You might as well flirt with a mountain range.” I enjoyed this part of the episode as it was filled with Jenny and Madame Vastra trying to make Clara understand that she needs to move on and let it go. And Clara does move on, eventually, but for a few episodes, at least the ones we watched, she is just angry at the Doctor for his change.

My second opinion about her is her being a damsel. This is seen time and time again as the Doctor has to save her from most of the “bad guys” that they encounter. I thought Rose was bad and I thought Martha was worse, and even Amy, or Rory, but Clara definitely takes the cake for the companion that gets caught. Thankfully, the Doctor is there to save her, or at least comes up with a plan to save her. However, I will give credit as toward the end of season 9 Clara finally became an independent character that saved the Doctor’s life and helped him to get away from the planet Gallifrey. One must also remember that Clara was in charge of helping the Doctor throughout all 12 of his lives, from escaping from Gallifrey the first time, and then again in the final episode of season 9, “Hell Bent”.

Hey There Rose Tyler


The idea form this blog post came from a video on Youtube that was a mix of Hey There Delilah entitled Hey There Rose Tyler. Parody songs where an individual changed the lyrics have always fascinated me and the ones centered on Doctor Who are so creative and cover so many Doctor Who bases, I was amazed at the quality of some of them. Particularly in Hey There Rose Tyler, the singer uses lyrical techniques that closely mimic the original song. In this post, I will compare lyrics of the original song to the parody and then do a lyrical analysis. Beginning with Hey There Rose Tyler, in the original song Hey there, Delilah, the song begins with,

“Hey there, Delilah

What’s it like in New York City?

I’m a thousand miles away

But, girl, tonight you look so pretty

Yes, you do

Times Square can’t shine as bright as you

I swear, it’s true”

The cover song begins like this:

“Hey there Rose Tyler

What’s it like in your dimension

I’m a thousand worlds away

But I’m still seeing your reflection in the blue

My hearts are broken without you

I swear, its true”

Both songs obviously start with addressing the one who the singer longs for, then they move on to the loved one is a distance away from them and their longing for them from a distance. Both lyrics reflect their love and their longing in a parallel, which I believe is a great technique for song cover lyrics. People who listen to the original song or know the original song will relate more to the cover song if it parallels a similar storyline. I believe that Hey There Rose Tyler is a successful cover because of how it uses the parallel to form its own story.  The comments are a tribute to its success as no one is questioning the quality of the song, and all are able to reflect on their feelings that it gives them in correlation with the show.

Another song that is well done, is a parody of Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, done to the tune of Take’em out in reference to Doctor Who fighting the Daleks. The parody’s chorus goes like this:

“ and the Daleks always say say say say

Exterminate nate nate nate nate

But I just wanna take take take take take

Take’em out Take’em out”

Taylor Swifts Chorus is written like this:


“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off”


In this parody, the Daleks are equal to the players and the haters. The Doctor and his companions are the ones who are shaking it off (or taking them out in this case). This works so well because of the popularity of the Daleks and their juxtaposition against the Doctor and his companions. The comments in this video are as positive, with reviews that admit they are subscribing because this parody was so well done and of viewers feelings excitement from the feeling they get from the original song and the parodied version.


Overall, well-done parodies are ways for fans to relate to the show and create their own song using their own feelings. Using parallels to the original song amplifies the effect and the overall feeling of the parody, giving it a professional and comfortable experience.

One Month Later

Yesterday I attended my first ever rally here at Wartburg. The rally was for the 17 kids that lost their lives to a shooting a month ago and for stricter gun laws. Personally I only went to the rally for the remembrance of the 17 kids who lost there lives. At first when I heard about the “walk out” rally I told myself their was no way I was going to go and put myself in that situation but as the last couple days went on I found myself still thinking about it so I decided to go. For me I am not one that thinks guns is really the problem in this situation so that was another reason I felt like I shouldn’t have gone but in my mind I thought going even if I was a little against what they were protesting meant that I was with the 17 kids and to let them know that they are not alone. So yesterday I walked out for them, I walked out for their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and coworkers who have lost someone very important to them. To see all of these different people from campus come together to fight for something they believed in was actually really amazing, even though I felt out of place and very anti-social I still was really happy I decided to go.

After attending this walk out I then went back to my dorm and sat down to watch some tv before going to my next class, I got on my usual social medias and started to see all of the news reports about different colleges and schools also walking out, I thought it was one of the coolest things I have ever seen, I actually got goosebumps thinking about how my generation is going to make such a big impact on America. Just last year I didn’t think any of this would be happening, I wasn’t planning on attending a walk out to protest things that are happening so close to home for some people, I always thought growing up that eventually everything will become normal again and things will get better after about a month or two but as of right now I have a feeling of worry, that this will only get worse. I’m so glad people are taking a stand, and i’m so glad I got to be apart of it.

Diversity in Mulan

I know this movie came out twenty years ago, but it is a classic, so I have to mention it. The movie “Mulan” is full of gender diversity, specifically gender roles. The Chinese culture in the movie depicts women as being inferior to men as well as having women live in the private sphere (staying within the household). There are many scenes in the movie where this is seen, so I will only talk about a few.

At the beginning of the movie Mulan is being dressed and made up to meet the Matchmaker. The Matchmaker will find her a husband if she is worthy, which she doesn’t end up being to the Matchmaker. She brought great dishonor to her family, even though it wasn’t her fault that the meeting with the Matchmaker went wrong. It was the worst possible thing that could happen because her purpose in the Chinese culture was to marry a man, have children, and take care of the home.

Later on, Mulan’s father gets drafted into the army for a second time and she speaks out against it. First, it was in public where she was told to “hold her tongue” by the man who gave the orders. The next time she speaks out is when she is having dinner with her family. She doesn’t want her father to go, especially since he is hurt. As she argues with him he states, “I know my place, it is time you learned yours.” Soon after this Mulan takes her fathers suit of armor and goes to take his place in the army. When her parents find out they run outside to try to stop her, but she is already gone. Her mother tells her father, “You have to go after her. She could be killed!” Her father responds, “If I reveal her, she will be.” Women weren’t supposed to leave home at all, much less impersonate a man and join the army.

At the end of the movie, Mulan tries telling men in the city that the Huns are there and are going to take the Emperor. They ignore her and wave her off. Even Shang doesn’t listen to her when she stops him. Mulan is a woman and the men in the movie don’t feel the need to listen to the women because they are superior.

As you can see, “Mulan” has many scenes where gender roles depict women as being inferior and living in the private sphere. Although, Mulan starts to change things at the end when the Emperor gives her his crest and Shan- Yu’s sword in gratitude. He even offers her a position on his counsel. If you can get past the gender roles, this is actually a really great movie.


Diversity through Service

I had the opportunity of participating in a service trip through Wartburg College over Winter Break and was inspired by the diversity I saw in just a small part of America. I traveled to New Orleans, LA to assist with hurricane recovery. (The fact that we are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which occured in 2005, is unbelievable.) We volunteered at many different organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, the Food Bank, Camp Restore, and YLC Recycles. I am very thankful that I was giving this eye-opening opportunity and able to see how diversity is displayed in NOLA’s culture.

We were exposed to many different types of people walking around the French Quarter on our free day. I was unprepared to see the amount of homeless people that live there and I was extremely saddened. I feel as an Iowan homelessness isn’t a huge issue that I think about, it was a humbling experience to say the least. I was also exposed to many different races and languages being spoken around me in the more touristy parts of the city. I loved getting to see all of the different cultures merge into one.

Volunteering at YLC Recycles was probably my favorite part of the entire trip. YLC stands for Young Leadership Council, this organization works toward helping New Orleans become a more green, sustainable city by collecting and recycling mardi gras beads. The organization also employs adults with intellectual disabilities and pays them minimum wage and offers wages to those who earn it (which they are not required to do). I was able to interact with some of the adults that worked there and it seemed that just having someone new to talk to really brightened their days. I also noticed some of them take a leadership role when showing us how to sort the beads and I think that made them feel very valued.

Overall, I am very thankful I was given the opportunity to participate in this trip. It was super interesting to see different types of diversity merge together into one community. It was a very eye-opening experience for me coming from Iowa and it made me think a lot about diversity in general and the lack of it in the Midwest. I would 10/10 recommend a service trip to everyone at Wartburg. I was able to see a new place and learn about NOLA’s culture in such a short amount of time.