|Plot Summary of Don't Ever Tell Me You Can't|
|"During the Vietnam war, Celia Ruiz, already an established civil engineer in the Philippines, responds to the United States' announcement of engineer shortages. She comes alone, confident that $300 and her civil engineer's diploma are enough to establish a new life in the land of opportunity, or so she thinks. When she sets out to look for work, she is told she can never find a job as a civil engineer. She braces herself for a hard fight that she is determined to win.
Celia traces her strength to her upbringing and experience in the late 50's when females were openly harassed in engineering school. For two decades, Celia formulates strategies and stays the course, fighting absolute poverty, language barriers, gender discrimination, and racial prejudices. Finally, before age becomes yet another hurdle, Celia finds the way to clear the path to the American Dream – for her, owning an engineering company!
The book closes with pointers on how to pursue a dream to fruition.
Celia Ruiz Tomlinson, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Don't Ever Tell Me You Can't|
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Political/social rights fight
- women fighting for rights
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- Asian, other
If this is a culture clash:
- minority culture living in majority area
ethnic of society (outside)
- American (general)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- Other Asian
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- Southeast Asia
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Is book humorous?
Commentary on society?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
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