Deaf Culture in America

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ASL-1 Thoughts on Voices from A Culture When I finished reading the book I realized that I had just learned way more than I had been expecting. Just reading the first chapter was enough for me to be awestruck by the intricacies of the Deaf culture, but as I continued reading I realized that the depth and many levels of social structure are so detailed that being able to fully understand them would be simply impossible. I was very impressed with the amount of respect that the word Deaf conveys among the Deaf community. The first chapter to me seemed to be the most interesting. The many stories about Deaf children meeting friends and interacting shed a new light on the way that Deaf people learn to communicate. The word Deaf itself is…show more content…
The story about the football game where the one Deaf school played another shows the complexity of the deaf culture. Even though the both teams were Deaf teams, the one team called the other team hearing. Now whether or not this was intentional or not I do not know but if it was It shows that the one team clearly saw something about the other team that they could recognize as being foreign and maybe that's why they associated them with the hearing. The rest of the book goes into extreme detail about the lives of Deaf people and their living in the everyday world. Dealing with hearing people and other matters. The one story in chapter four about the bartender and the educated deaf man was funny to me. I read it and saw some characteristics of my group of friends. The educated man was out of place at the club and did not fit in into the Deaf culture; he was an outsider to the way of life and signing ability. His signing was more refined and noticeable to the people at the place. Similarities among some of my friends exist but in different context. The next chapter confused me a little with the songs and poems but I think that it was essential to have in the book in order to be able to more understand the thinking of a Deaf individual and how it can be different from a hearing individual. Sometimes the hearing people cannot understand the way in which a Deaf individual interprets things. All in all I believe that this book did a very good job of

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