...accomplished the assimilation into one race, it consists of people sharing a similar identity.Several years ago, America was taught to be a 'melting pot,' a place where immigrants of different cultures or races form an integrated society, but now America is more of a 'salad bowl' where instead of forming an incorporated entity the people who make up the bowl are unwilling to unite as one.Assimilation in any society is complex.Most people come to America voluntarily, but very few come unwillingly.In American society, learning to speak English properly is a crucial factor in assimilation.
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In an essay that Gordon leaves the author anonymous in this chapter defines assimilation as “the process by which different cultures, or individuals or groups representing different cultures, are merged into a homogenous unit.Here Gordon talks about assimilation as positive, whereas Steinberg takes a different approach.Steinberg, Gordon, and Lee all discuss how assimilation has issues when it comes to preserving ones ethnic traditions and identity.As there are differences within Steinberg and Gordon’s readings, they do agree upon their understanding of the nature within assimilation.Steinberg suggests that assimilation is not always a positive aspect simply because it can result in the loss of a cultural identity.
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Gordon talks about these “ethnic meetings” which refer to assimilation.Throughout Gordon’s chapter titled, The Nature of Assimilation, he gives a numerous amount of definitions from theorists and writers that differ in various ways.Steinberg, Gordon, and Lee all discuss how assimilation has issues when it comes to preserving ones ethnic traditions and identity.Here Gordon talks about assimilation as positive, whereas Steinberg takes a different approach.In an essay that Gordon leaves the author anonymous in this chapter defines assimilation as “the process by which different cultures, or individuals or groups representing different cultures, are merged into a homogenous unit.
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Americans have often resisted assimilation, especially if it meant race mixing or cultural blending.However, in spite of this resistance to assimilation, Rodriguez believes that Americans actually prefer a Canadian model or definition of assimilation which focuses on diversity.Bringing America to a whole new playing field full of new people that have the desire to work hard and achieve greatness, translating to a more prosperous country, economically and socially.Rodriguez says “America has so readily adopted the Canadian notion of multiculturalism because it preserves our preference for thinking ourselves separate ( ).America has often ignore other races of people and only tends to talk about the different between black and white Americ...
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My paper will demonstrate the distinction between these two types of assimilation, arguing that language assimilation is necessary, but cultural assimilation can be problematic or damaging.They think that cultural assimilation is very important part of linguistic assimilation as “Language express cultural”.After going through the essays of Rushdie’s, Ngugie and Chih-Yu Shih, we could say that language assimilation makes sense but authors like Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Richard Rodriguez says that cultural assimilation is also important.In conclusion, it is wise to note that both forms of assimilation is adopted by international assimilation in some or the other way.Rodriguez says, “I am in favor of assimilation.
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Visions of America Personal Narratives from the Promised Land.Imagining America Stories from the Promised Land.These narratives veer from each other for several reasons: the social contract with America in regards to the American Dream and the ability of immigrants to become acculturated before assimilation can take place.New York: Peresea Books, 1991.Primarily, it is the consistent faith in the Dream and the different social contract with America that enables immigrants to be more successful at assimilation than minorities.
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Immigrants should have the right to come into America, and become one of us.After slavery stopped in later years, the now African-Americans had the chance to go back to their homelands, but refused to (American Immigration: Assimilation?Chinese immigrants were getting paid as little as nine hundred dollars a month, while working a eleven hour workday (American Immigration: Assimilation?I believe immigrants should freely be able to come into America.This is good because, immigrants have brought so many other languages into America that it causes us to expand our knowledge and learn other languages.
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He claims that although this process would be extremely slow, the future of America would be dramatically different and Americanness would be just that, being biological union of different races that exist in this country today.Homogeneity makes assimilation a big obstacle and if there are races such as Latinos who continue to ignore the American culture and fail to at least assimilate linguistically, the idea of Americanness will be split in this country.Speranza claims that he prefers the ideal Americanness of the 1920’s and 1930’s because even though America still contained its distinct people and immigrants, these newcomers welcomed assimilation and there were not the cases of homogeneity that exists today with the Latino cultures.Te...
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How can this fissure be resolved?In the short essay “Does America Still Exist?” by Richard Rodriguez, the primary inquiry is found by plainly considering the title.Gómez-Peña focuses on the different manner immigrants are viewed once they arrive in America and the evolution that an immigrant has in America.(Paragraph 12) This transformation is frowned upon the parents of these children since their offspring do not resemble the children that immigrated into America and they have lost the identity that traces back to their native land.This isn’t healthy for America and this isn’t what America was founded on.
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According to the article titled “ Does America Still Exist” authored by Richard Rodriguez and using many clarification, the statement can be made that Richard Rodriguez would agree that America is a melting pot.Mr. Brooks proclaims that America boasts for being an extremely diverse society; but he shows many examples of how America is still segregated by choice, by habits and other measurable categories.The main idea of “Does America Still Exist” is that Richard Rodriguez experience his difficulty of the adaptation of the Hispanic community into the American world, Which can lead to the stop of racial hatred aimed at people with dark skin.Brook argues that “we do not really care about diversity all that much in America, even though we ta...
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This is because people come from all sorts of different countries into America and only know how to speak their own native language.Many people come over to America to work here... ... middle of paper ... ...most people in American have come together to form a part of assimilation; however not to it's fullest.Assimilation is the exact opposite of what multiculturalism is.Some of the greater issues that come up when talking about assimilation versus multiculturalism are language, literacy, power, and difference in American culture.University of Texas, 1992
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The Promised Land.Through the themes of discrimination, old versus new culture and lifestyles, and education, these books show both the positive and negative aspects that result from assimilation.The novels Mean Spirit and The Promised Land portray two different ethnic groups and their experience with American assimilation."For the Country was for all the Citizens, and I was a Citizen, and when we stood up to sing `America' I shouted the words with all my might" (Antin, 177).A fundamental difference between the two groups is that Jewish immigrants tried very hard to migrate to America while American Indians had their sense of home invaded and their people killed.
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Rodrigue’z change from Spanish to English is one of the leading factors to his strong beliefs in assimilation.Richard Rodriguez could have kept part of his Hispanic heritage and still become Americanized.I strongly believe than people can keep their culture within another one.For more than 300 years, immigrants from every corner of the globe have settled in America, creating the most diverse and heterogeneous nation on Earth.He feels that assimilation is necessary for immigrants to be part of society and to be successful in the USA.
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Many immigrants come to America in order to have better lives and to earn money.In summary, Jacoby’s article may have changed the perception of her American audience who are debating on the issue of immigrants.... a deeply informed and useful academic read as it counterpoints the wrong perceptions of immigrants that are brought up in various debates.She concludes by saying that immigrants can enrich the country as a whole when they become legal citizens of America.Her article also posses the view that if the immigrants are assimilating by learning the English language, they would be able to assimilate faster than if they did not have challenges such as the bilingual education that they receive in terms of promoting multiculturalism.
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Assimilation in reference to the Italians and the Irish is much more complex and has become an identity reference in itself.Meanwhile, Irish Americans needed little effort to complete the process of assimilation.It is important that days that attribute much to other cultures be recognized by America to promote multiculturalism.Overall Assimilation .While the groups assimilated well by becoming an American version of their ethnicity, they also left an imprint on the overall culture of America.
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The changed attitudes can no longer be accepted as part of the ancestral cultures and thus, have to be set ahead into the White's world, leading into "A Different World", leaving behind "The Earthboy Place".Vizenor, Gerald."A Different World.""The Earthboy Place."Works Cited McNickle, D'Arcy.
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Through this story, you follow the Asian-American family as they encounter struggles as well as luck, as they assimilate into the “American Society”.You meet the same turmoil that the family stumbles upon as they enter a completely new world.We have so many diverse people and we are therefore free to choose our own society; the title of the story almost falsely suggests that there can be just one culture, while also satirizing the fact that some believe there to be one.The most interesting part of this story was that along the journey towards assimilation he finds that “His Own Society” was essentially the best one for him and his family to be members of, and that our country permits this because we have freedom, liberty, and justice for...
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She wanted all the cultures to come together into one unified body.She wanted them to speak, cook and dress like Americans.Twenty Years at Hull House.Throughout the century of immigration, immigrants reacted differently once they got to America.Boston: Bedford/St.Martin's, 1999. .
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According to him, there were a number of several ethnic groups that have arrived in America.James R. Barrett in his book notes that these people were the first group of immigrants to settle in America.In curing racism and other discriminations, a responsible citizen is required to manifest empathy towards one other and to have a heart of helping each other.Phrases and words like, Irish-American policemen, Irish-American teachers, Irish –American politicians were coined in social cultural set up of America.Another thing I would advocate if for various laws to be instituted in regulating immigrants since immigrants have an influence on our social economic and political orie
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He argues that the popularly held idea that the Latino presence in the U. S. challenges American ideals and society on the whole accounts for the stunted rates of assimilation among Latinos in America.Assimilation Chavez (2008) demonstrates how the assimilation process of Latinos migrating to the U. S. has been compromised and restricted due to the “Latino Threat Narrative”.Their submissive attitude and passive lifestyle under oppression is reinforced through the U. S. structure and ultimately prevents their achievement of assimilation.” The assimilation experience as a Latino immigrant may be divided largely by structural forces associated with cultural origins, however, the Latino identity stands united under the Spanish language.Mr. R...
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Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1991.The su... ... middle of paper ... ...rally fixed neighborhoods, or "sell out" by embracing the dominant culture and sometimes attempting full assimilation (although it is realized impossible) in order to advance one's career, and acquire better housing and/or education for one's children is ubiquitous.New York: The Penguin Group, 1977.McLemore, Dale S. Racial and Ethnic Relations in America.Morrison, Toni.
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But just like what the proverb mentions that “Someday this pain will be useful to you”.For immigrants , it is difficult to eliminate the sense distance over time because the immigrant have to make compromises during cultural assimilation for example learning the daily norms of the native culture; learn their language; adapt the food they don’t usually eat; interacting with others; grasp native group’s entertainment and sports.When people on their way of chasing dream, who they will become is decided by themselves.Why not?” Love sometimes can resolve any differences because when two people fall in with each other, they will understand and accommodate each other 's characteristics even they came from two totally different cultures.A perfec...
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"Memorial Day and Multiculturalism."Assimilation vs. Diversity The United States of America is a strong country with its own general culture.Hairston, Maxine.Having a general culture with many unique cultures mixed in has helped make America the country that it is.College Composition and Communication 43.2 (May 1992): 179-195.
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There are two stories that explore the assimilation issue from different viewpoints’; in Mary Pipher’s story; “The Beautiful Laughing Sisters – An Arrival Story”; provides the viewpoint of immigrants leaving a hostile home for America.This was not an easy transition nor did it happen overnight; it has taken many generations for my family to embrace all the discordant cultures into a harmonious environment.Tacos, burritos, eggrolls, barbeque, pizza, corn bread, soul food, Cajun food, and Tex-Mex are a few examples of how other cultures have influenced American food.In addition, German schnitzel became chicken-fried steak when they settled in America since beef was plentiful and more economical.It took awhile for these cultural influences...
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... middle of paper ... .In conclusion, writing this paper inspired me to take a step back and analyze my family and see how different we are now that we are part of the United States.I realized that when we get together the major language spoken is English and not Spanish and I am still figuring out how to feel about it.Since the beginning, America has always been a nation of immigrants, but many times the very same America seems to forget.... My oldest brother doesn’t speak perfect English, but he tries to make an effort to fit in and assimilate because he likes the culture and the excitement it brings.
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Hence, they were indirectly barred from entering the United States since no reunification could occur.When the Africans started immigrating to America through slave trade, the nature of racism changed and the determining factor was occupation.For instance, the Hart Cellar Act allowed immigrant admissions with basis on family reunifications.However, the expansion favored few ethnic groups such as Latinos and Mexicans.In conclusion, racism in America favored the whites and a few ethnic groups that were not a threat to economy, religion, culture, color, population, and politics of the whites.
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Instead, this position reinforces the point that the growth in the Hispanic Population cannot be considered as a threat to American Society because of the fact that the immigrants themselves, while they seek to establish certain “ethnic enclaves” within their communities, actually embrace American culture and society and are only forced to cling to their ethnic roots to ensure their chances of surviving within America in the face of the discrimination which the continually encounter (Zhou 146).While some of the Hispanic immigrants may already be considered as American for all legal intents and purposes, there still exists a certain level of discrimination that seeks to distinguish them from other Americans and thus creates the impression...
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Due to the high levels of assimilation, Chicano group has a small population of non-believers.They however have high assimilation rates, a factor which makes them quite fluent in speaking English.Despite their high assimilation rates into the mainstream culture, the Chicanos have the family as a core social structure.This is closely attributed to their high assimilation rate into the mainstream culture.On the other side, the various Hispanic American communities are marked with different levels of assimilation into the mainstream culture, reason for immigration into America, and their engagement into entrepreneurship.
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America was dominated by what seemed to be the same group for hundreds of years which was composed of white elite.It is important for Hispanics to know about their heritage and making sure that they do not forget it.Today it is composed of hundreds of cultures from around the globe.Here in America pop culture unites all cultures and there is actually a lot of Hispanic influence.By enriching ourselves with our heritage we help diversify the nation which supports the idea of America being an international country.
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What will the United States look like in the future if assimilation is segmented?If segmented assimilation continues, the rich will get richer as well as more advanced and the poor will get poorer, neglected and forgotten.After examining the evidence in the text and my own personal experience, I feel like the more accurate and credible argument is of segmented assimilation.5) How would the future change if assimilation were not segmented?Another reason why assimilation for contemporary immigrants will be segmented is because there is such a difference in social & working classes that the top and bottom of societal totem pole will never mix.
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