Rhetorical Analysis

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Rebecca James Instructor James ENG 111 3ZQ 28 Sept. 2010 Lia Hardin's Comments on Suicide in Asian American Women: A Rhetorical Analysis Lia Hardin composed the article “Cultural Stress Linked to Suicide” as a staff writer for Stanford University's campus newspaper, Stanford Daily. Her article deals specifically with the issue of depression, anxiety, and suicide in Asian American women. Though the article has shortcomings, overall, it makes a strong appeal for the specific group and even for the issue as it pertains to a wider audience. Hardin wrote the article in 2007. Her article was timely because, according to “Virginia Tech Massacre” it appeared just weeks after the Viriginia Tech murders and suicide. Undoubtedly, mental health of young adults had become major concerns in the United States in general and on college campuses in particular. According to “Virginia Tech Massacre,” the perpetrator at Virginia Tech, Seung-Hui Cho, happened to be South Korean. It is possible, then, that Hardin was responding to what might have been a new, unconscious suspicion toward Asian Americans on college campuses. It is interesting that she chose to focus on women when many students and professors were probably keeping a close eye on young men for signs of distress. Hardin makes no mention of Virginia Tech in her article, but it was certainly part of the world in which she was writing at that time. Hardin's article contains no formal documentation of sources. This can damage her ethos with readers. However, as newspapers typically do not use formal documentation within the periodical's pages, and because Hardin does credit her expert sources in text, this may not seriously damage her claim. People in the academic or research world in particular may take issue with this omission. Hardin strengthens her ethos, however, by introducing the credentials of her
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