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Journal #3: Jasper

Posted on: November 3, 2010

Courtney Banko

Professor Summerour

English 111

03 Nov 2010

In an interview on National Public Radio Kenji Jasper said, “Your neighborhood, growing up in the city, is pretty much the boundaries by which you define your life, and that’s your frame of reference.” By saying this he is implying that we become accustomed to the way we live as we grown up and that is how we expect to live. This is significant because in “The Streets Change, But Memories Endure,” Jasper writes about the community in which he grew up in and what his friends had done with their lives. They were in and out of prison and on the streets while he was doing better things with his life.

Where you grow up shapes you as a person, and that is how we merge self and community. No matter what you do a part of you will always be what it was made into while living in that community. If someone grows up in a remote location that is far away from a town, or city, they do not know what it is like to live in a big town or city so they may see no interest in moving to a bigger place in the future. On the other hand, someone living in a city may wish of not ever moving to a place set apart from the city. This is due to the boundaries that we mentally set by living in these communities. Growing up a person makes their own boundaries, and one person’s boundary may not be the next person’s boundary. Noone is the same so noone will have the same boundaries.

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