The need to conform is a vital part in an individual 's behavior. The communities in which surround everyone’s lives has a funny way of making individuals give up crucial parts of themselves to “fit in with the crowd.” Funny in Farsi is a memoir written by Firoozeh Dumas in which she talks about the experiences and challenges she faced as an Iranian American. Dumas, the author of Funny in Farsi, states that in order to fully assimilate into an unfamiliar community, sometimes one may have to give up parts of their own identity to fully achieve full integration into their newfound community. Firoozeh emigrated to America with many cultural difficulties, but one of the most inconvenient (according to Dumas) was her name. Her mother gave her the name and in Persian it means “Turquoise” , but in America Firoozeh means “Unpronounceable” (63).
Immigration is deeply rooted in the American culture, yet it is still an issue that has the country divided. Marcelo and Carola Suarez-Orozco, in their essay, “How Immigrants Became ‘Other’” explore the topic of immigration. They argue that Americans view many immigrants as criminals entering America with the hopes of stealing jobs and taking over, but that this viewpoint is not true. They claim that immigrants give up a lot to even have a chance to come into America and will take whatever they can get when they come. The Suarez-Orozco’s support their argument using authority figures to gain credibility as well as exemplification through immigrant stories.
However, through repeated use of different pronouns in Citizen, Rankine pulls the focus of the readers making them feel like they can identify with the different situations. Claudia Rankine begins Citizen: An American Lyric by describing different situations where subtle racism is experienced. These type of subtle racisms that occur in everyday life are known as micro-aggressions. Micro-aggressions are a subtle form of racism that undermine a person’s existence. Instead of using first person point of view to explain each encounters Rankine uses second person point of view.
On the inscription, it reads as “I lift my lamp beside the golden door” in the final line. This is supposed to be a metaphorical gateway to a better life but the immigrants and refugees were instead treated to prejudice due to their race, voices and skin tone. Another excerpt from the inscription on Lady Liberty reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” This seems to paint an accepting country as the idea of America when in reality, when the immigrants were done being processed and allowed into America, these already hurt and exhausted people were introduced to an unaccepting country that wished to throw them aside, making it very hard for any of then to find jobs and live like an equal human to the rest of the population. The way that the “free country of America” treated the immigrants is a sharp and stinging contrast to the American Dream that this country seems to promise
Through the differences, the both movie showed how the racial oppression was present at that time and how people were having a hard time in accepting another race and culture. Both movie can play a significant part as a tool of historical learning. “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” gave us a context on the state of Interracial Marriage at that time, how social status played a vital role and the civic right movement efforts. “Selma” on the other hand showed us the efforts and the drive the nation and Martin Luther King Jr. had to ensure the voting
Throughout the history of our country hatred has been common, as Immigrants enter our homeland they are looked down upon and thought of people who are “destroying” this nation. All these new people coming in are only seeking new opportunities but are discouraged by other because of their ancestry. Humanity’s unjust behaviors can be seen in two different aspects of America 's history, we first see it in the internment of the Japanese Americans during WWII and the period of the Salem Witch trials. Arthur Miller’s dramatized play, The Crucible can be correlated to the event of Pearl Harbor because of the similarities between the Japanese Americans and the characters in the play; they both demonstrate the lives of civilians being ruined, a mass hysteria caused by fear of their neighbors, and lack of a just court system. To being with, it was the year of 1692 when the “witch hunts” had officially began, fellow citizens were being accused of being involved in witchcraft.
Renowned for his diaries as well as his studies on education, Leonard Covello – Americanization changed his surname by removing the ‘i’ to make it easier to pronounce – ably recounted through the eyes of an Italian migrant child, cultural and social differences and the process of integration into the New World. Leonard attended a school established by a Protestant philanthropic association. The school was known as the ‘Soup School’ because at noon it provided a meal, which was one of the main reasons why it was chosen by immigrants for their children. The prime purpose of the school was the Americanization of new immigrants through the intensive teaching of English, hygiene, discipline, and love and respect for the new homeland. In his autobiography, Leonardo Coviello describes how at the Soup School he first encountered the abundance of food in America; a highly significant experience for an immigrant of the late 1800s and early 1900s who came from extreme poverty and severe shortages of foodstuffs.
Unfortunately when there are changes made anywhere there may be resistance. Massive resistance is what it was called in the 1950’s which was a movement to resist the new racial laws like the Civil Rights Act that outlawed discrimination against color, race and sex. It was evident that changes were implemented by our president and congress that not only allowed African Americans freedom but the rights to be treated equally. They were now able to dine at a restaurant, attend schools with individuals of a different race. Unfortunately this caused a disturbance among the opposing parties which were mainly Caucasian individuals.
In the pursuit of American Dream, every ethnic immigrant group was leaving their countries of origins and overcoming various obstacles to accomplish different outcomes, which were mystified into stories of ethnic heroes or villains. While prevailing views argued that Jewish culture shaped their success, Stephen Steinberg, the author of The Ethnic Myth, rejects that myth by pointing out the faulty assumptions and debunks that neither ethnic nor cultural proclivity toward hard work, middle class lifestyles conducive to Jews’ movements to the ladder of success. On the other hand, Steinberg states that Jewish premigratory economic experiences, their arrival circumstances, their social classes are far more important factors. Not only did the prevailing
While both sex and sibling behavioral issues aren’t often related to cooking, both Elaine Magarrell and Sally Croft are able to integrate these themes into their poems. In both of the poems “The Joy of Cooking”, by Elaine Magarrell, and “Home Baked Bread”, by Sally Croft, the authors use different types of imagery and figurative language in order to convey a completely different idea through the art of cooking. Both authors use rather explicit ideas and themes in their writing, and use remarkable figurative language and imagery in order to convey their themes. The poem “Home-Baked Bread” is an obvious play on words. The title sounds wholesome and clean, and gives the reader an impression of a friendly and warm environment with a welcoming