Asian American Identities There are people all over the world who have come to America to seek a greater life. With America having the largest immigrant population compared to other countries, there are always people migrating into the country. People all over the world may be coming here to pursue their own dreams or to escape persecution. The immigrant population has increased so much, that about one-third of U.S. population are now people of color. But with the immigrant population at such a high percentage compared to previous years, there is still a lack of recognition.
Once settled in, the Baby Boom came along and “the birth rate rose to more than 25 births per 1000 women”. (Berkin, 710) eventually leading to “over 4.3 million births in 1957 alone”. (Berkin, 731) Once birth rates increased the amount of nuclear families went up dramatically which would eventually lead to a population problem as there was a limit to how many people a city could hold. Because automobiles started becoming more common amongst everyone, many families chose to move out the city and into suburbs known as suburbia because affordable homes awaited and families were claiming they wanted more quiet lives away from the city. This gave American families an opportunity to practice traditional family roles.
They search for a better job with a higher rate of income, more job opportunities, better schools and learning systems. For example, America is known as one of the best immigration destinations. Zong (2016) states that immigrants are estimated to be 13.3 percent at 2014 from the population of the country and are increasing every year. The majority of immigrants to the U.S.A are from Latin America, especially Mexico. They come searching for job opportunities due to the lack of jobs that an individual can get.
Through the years, many waves of immigrations took place and more non-locals began living in Hawaii. Hawaii is thus composed of multiple ethnicity groups; “34% are white, 25% are Japanese, 14% are Filipino and 6% are Chinese, yet only 12% are Hawaiians( whose roots are Polynesian)”(. This complicates the situation in the island as it begins to have a diversified culture. Forty percent of marriages are interracial every year, according to state statistics; therefore this gets even more complicated as people belong to more than one nationality. Hawaiians use their traditions as a unique identity .a group of customs, values, beliefs, passed on from generation to generation, it represents the culture of a country Like in any other country, racism and xenophobia exist in Hawaii.
Though this new wave of immigrants did come seeking a better and new life, there was something a little different that separated them from the pilgrims. The fight for better a economic outcome in life, and overall better opportunities for those immigrants and their families. A shift from religious freedom to economic opportunities was the big difference between these waves. As these waves of immigrants came to America, primarily the North East coast, they encountered difficulties in the areas of urban lifestyle. This can be exemplified in both a documentary and book
High School in Virginia as a representative of the evolving cultural identity of the United States. The focus of this essay is how immigrants have changed American. Joel L. Swerdlow, in “Changing American,” demonstrates why it takes 2 generations become successful: Language, Culture, and Economy. First of all, Language is one of the big problem that a second generation take when people come to another country (please) in "Changing American" by Joel L. Swedlowb tell us ' 'In 1990 some 32 million U.S. residents spoke a language other than English at home, and more than 7 million lived in households with no fluent English speaker over 14 years old. ' ' It is a problem for the second generation to be successful because their parent doesn 't help them in their home in the language.
At the beginning of the century over four million Italian immigrants arrived in America. It was the largest wave of immigrants the country has even seen. Although many of those early immigrants would choose to leave and return to Italy, those who did remain in America struggled to find their place in the American mainstream. Before 1861 there was no country called Italy, the peninsula was largely a collection of small kingdoms divided into north and south. In the North was Rome, Milan, and Florence.
These first ever settlers were the first immigrants to enter the Untied States. Immigrates would continue to flow into the US till the late 1800’s when the first immigration policies were created. The first immigrants to come to the US were seeking economic opportunities. However, because the price of passage was steep, about half or more of the white Europeans who made the voyage did so by becoming
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were periods of tremendous urban growth that radically changed the country. Between 1860 and 1910, the population of cities with 2,500 or more residents climbed from 6 million to 46 million. Some of this new urban population came from the American countryside – between 1880 and 1910, about 11 million Americans moved to cities from rural areas. Millions more were immigrants. But in any case, American society, culture, politics, economics – in short, everything -- was changed in the transformation from rural, agricultural country to urban, industrial nation.
Under these conditions, immigration laws became an important step towards the development of the country. The thing is, that immigrants became a very important phenomenon in the life of the USA (Behrens para. 5). Especially significant this question became at the beginning of the 20th century when millions of people arrived in the country every year (Waters 1736). That is why, respond from the government to regulate this very process became quite logic and immigration laws which main aim was to satisfy the needs of people appeared.