California has long been a bellwether state — a place where crucial trends that eventually spread throughout the U.S. first take root. Its national and international influence is driven by one of the largest economies in the world, by its extraordinary technological and cultural innovations, and by a disproportionately affluent and activist population larger than that of entire countries. In short, the issues of California are the issues that are likely to have an impact on the rest of America, and college students in California are well served by studying, thinking, and writing about their home state in their composition courses. California Dreams and Realities is the one composition reader that allows students to do just that.
The coeditors are successful textbook authors who, between them, have over forty years of teaching experience in the California college classroom. SONIA MAASIK, a lecturer in the UCLA Writing Program, has taught writing from developmental to advanced levels. JACK SOLOMON, a professor of English at California State University, Northridge, teaches literature and critical theory and is often interviewed by the California media for analysis of current events and trends in the state. The two together also have published Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers, Fourth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003).
California: The Bellwether State [Developing Active Reading strategies: Jack Lopez, Of Cholos and Surfers]
1. California Dreaming: Myths of the Golden Land Frontispiece: Sunkist CA Dream box label James J. Rawls, California: A Place, a People, a Dream Garci Rodriguez Ordonez de Montalvo, The Queen of California IMAGE: William Grent, Map of North America showing California as an Island (1625) Anonymous, Notes of a California Expedition Denise S. Spooner, A New Perspective on the Dream Joan Didion, Notes from a Native Daughter Richard Rodriguez, Proofs Deborah Miranda, Indian Cartography IMAGE: Judith Lowry, Roadkill Warrior: Last of His Tribe Michael J. O'Brien, Orange County Historian
2. The Great Migration: Immigrants in California History Frontispiece: Dennis Keeley, Strip Mall, Los Angeles Jewelle Taylor Gibbs and Teiahsha Bankhead, Coming to California: Chasing the Dream Yeh Ling-Ling, State Needs a 'Time-Out' from Mass Immigration IMAGE: Ricardo Duffy, The New Order Editors, Contra Costa Times, Revamp Immigration Connie Young Yu, The World of Our Grandmothers Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Manzanar, U.S.A. IMAGE:Group of young Japanese girls Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Maid in L.A. William Langewiesche,Invisible Men Donald E. Miller, Jon Miller, and Grace Dyrness, Religious Dimensions of the Immigrant Experience Nayereh Tohidi, Iranian Women and Gender Relations in Los Angeles Nancy Wride, Vietnamese Youths No Longer Look Homeward Mario Garcia, My Latino Heart
3. The Best-Laid Plans: Education and the California Dream Frontispiece: Paul Fell, Tuition Increase Frank Norris, The 'English Courses' at the University of California Mike Rose, A Visit to Edwin Markham Intermediate School Carol Jago, Something There Is That Doesn't Love a List Sylvia Fox, Testing, Anyone? Sandra Nichols, A Win-win for the High School Exit Exam Lesli Maxwell, Cuts Crush College Promise Ruben Navarette, Jr., 'Well, I Guess They Need Their Minority' John McWhorter, It Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Yuba City School
4. The Geography of Desire: California and the Sense of Place Frontispiece: New California State Quarter/John Muir at Yosemite Dana Gioia, California Hills in August IMAGE: Willard Dixon, Petaluma Fields J. A. English-Lueck, Identified by Technology KQED, The Castro Q & A David Mas Masumoto, As If the Farmer Died Gary Snyder, Cultivating Wildness Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy James D. Houston, In Search of Oildorado IMAGE:Oildorado Days Ramon Garcia, Suburbia Judith Lewis, Interesting Times Joel Garreau, Edge City: Irvine Gary Paul Nabhan, The Palms in Our Hands
5. Exporting Culture: California and the Popular Imagination Frontispiece: The Hollywood Sign Blake Allmendinger, All about Eden David Fine,Surviving Apocalypse Nathanael West, from The Day of the Locust IMAGE: Thomas Hart Benton, Hollywood Dana Polan, California through the Lens of Hollywood James J. Flink, The Automobile Age in California Alice Kahn, Berkeley Explained Patricia Leigh Brown, The New Chinatown? Try the Asian Mall William McClung, Arcadia and Utopia
6. (Mis)Managing California: Politics, Environment, and the State of the State Frontispiece: Monarch, California's Last Wild Grizzly and Symbol for State Flag Andrew Murr and Jennifer Ordonez, Tarnished Gold Mark Baldassare, Regional Diversity IMAGE: Sunset Magazine Illustration, Life's Best Mixture — Sun and Air and Gasoline David Carle, Sprawling Gridlock Gerald Haslam, The Water Game Marc Reisner, Things Fall Apart IMAGE: Warning Sign, Almeda Qucksilver County Park Richard Steven Street, Battling Toxic Racism Gary Soto, The First Victor Davis Hanson,Paradise Lost Anita Creamer, We're Only Confirming [California's] Flaky Image Glen Browder, Guiding the Great Experiment: California's Recall and America's Democratic Destiny