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Here is an assignment from a CUNY college that calls for students to trace the origin of something:

Queens College
English 255: 20th Century Postcolonial Literature
Christine Timm


In "A Bedtime Story," Mitsuye Yamada relates an attempt to keep ethnic / national / family values vibrant in the face of overwhelming foreign influence.

What are your family stories? Have your older relatives passed on to you any traditional or family stories? Can you trace the ethnic roots of these stories? How have these stories influenced your life? - or have they?

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