Because of this lack of English education, we fail to assimilate the students to be functioning members of the United States. The way we are able to assimilate students is to create better programs for students who are learning English; that way, when it is time to enter the workforce, they will be able to understand what it takes to move ahead in this country. The article states that “Good bilingual immersion programs provide such an environment by giving English speakers and English learners ample opportunities to interact in and out of the classroom.” Assimilation relies on the need to acquire the social and psychological features of a group. Most Latino students in schools today hold a very small grasp on our language and our social system, which is partly due to the rampant segregation. Because of their little interactions with other social, ethical, and economical groups, they deny themselves to the ability to learn from people of success.
In the three articles “Do you Speak American” by Robert Macneil, “Why Good English is Good for You” by John Simon, and “Lost in America” by Douglas McGray they all share the same theme that Americans lack the motivation to be culturally diverse and broaden their horizons outside of the American Culture due to the lack of funds. This basically means that Americans lack the motivation to learn more about their culture and other cultures because they focus more on fitting in and doing the same thing as all other Americans. They lose the drive to be different and to educate themselves based on where they came from. In “Do You Speak American”, Macneil emphasizes how even though we have different cultures within America, we are all “Americanized”
Nichols (1974), was a civil rights case that was brought by Chinese American students who had limited English proficiency. The students claimed that they were not receiving special help in school due to their inability to speak English, which they argued they were entitled to under Title VI because of its ban on educational discrimination on the basis of national origin. Finding that the lack of linguistically appropriate accommodations (e.g. educational services in English) effectively denied the Chinese students equal educational opportunities on the basis of their ethnicity, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1974 ruled in favor of the students, thus expanding rights of students nationwide with limited English proficiency. The Supreme Court stated that these students should be treated with equality among the schools.
The situation of Hispanic educational attainment is cause for national concern. Sometimes, immigrants will have to pay extra on their college fee due to their status. The language barrier seems to place immigrant students at a huge disadvantage compared with Americans and whites. Another problem may be how teachers understand and see what Hispanic children are capable of. According to nih.gov, Hispanic students entering kindergarten were rated lower than white students by their teachers, regardless of their academic ability.
It gives mothers less responsibility on taking care of their children. School also improved future prospects for girls while the boys learn about the war. However, women were still treated unfairly by the white community, “English-speaking Japanese Americans of Christian faith, especially those 'loyal ', heterosexual, second-generation citizen Nisei from California, could enjoy considerable physical and social mobility one moment, but could be confined to camp the next” (Howard 144). Women still faced struggles in the detention
As opposed to righteous view that America was safeguarding its position in the war, the Japanese American internments were created out of resentment and racial prejudice fostered by other Americans. As the article “Personal Justice Denied” stated, the internments were led by “widespread ignorance of Japanese Americans contributed to a policy conceived in haste and executed in an atmosphere of fear and anger at Japan” (Doc E, 1983). It may seem like a precautionary cause to make internments but there aren’t any other extreme measures for other fronts. Caused by a hatred stirred by media and society’s view, many people disdain the Japanese. Even at the high levels of government, officials share similar prejudices.
“‘Gee, I didn’t know you could speak English’’ (113). Radine’s innocent surprise at Jeanne’s ability to speak English, for example, makes Jeanne realize that prejudice is not always a conscious choice but that it can also be a result of conditioning by one’s parents and culture. Radine judges from Jeanne’s Japanese appearance that she shouldn’t be able to speak English, because Radine’s family or culture has taught her to do so. Jeanne’s reaction is described as, “She was genuinely amazed. I was stunned.
Asian-American culture differs from American culture in considering their cultural characteristics, values, and practices. “Confucian ideals, regarding respect for elders deferred gratification and discipline, are a strong influence in many East and Southeast Asian cultures (Feng, 1994)”. It is very common for Asian families to instill values of respect, success in education, self-control, and taking care of family in their children. Failing in school is considered a lack of motivation on the child and often increase restrictions on the child. Americans are the opposite.
It not so much only the fact that within the story people cannot communicate with each other because of the different language they speak, but it becomes clear how much effect prejudices have on people. Juan Pellicer calls this “a Babelian syndrome: broken communication, misunderstandings, isolation both on the global level as well as in the intimate realm of relations between children and parents, particularly with the consequences of separation and deafness” (Pellicer 240). People are so used to connect through language that they are not able to really connect with each other in other ways. One storyline is that of the Japanese mute girl Chieko Wataya, what is really apparent in this storyline is that it is hard to communicate let alone the fact that someone cannot communicate at all through language. She feels misunderstood and very alone.
Although when she wrote this it did not connect to many reader but now that immigration is at its highest peak is is bound to be connected to many immigrants as well as Mexican-Americans. Anzaldua was frowned upon due to her lack of english, and they wanted to obliterate her native language which was spanish. Now, many believe that english is the language all should know, but in reality it's not. A person's native language is a language that should stay with them forever. This native language is what makes them who they are, it helps develop their
The dominant white people created the model minority ideal was created to oppress other minorities. The model minority insists that by working hard, one will achieve success in America without having to protest for equality. It is harmful because it often tells minorities that they should not bother to voice their opinions, instead, they should be able to climb up the ladder of success by themselves. Institutions have failed to let the public know that Japanese citizens were able to climb up socially because they were rewarded right after they served in the military during WWII. Therefore, certain Japanese Americans were able to further their education unlike most minorities that cannot afford education who are currently being told to wait until they are
I disagree with the part of the article that says “Americans are used to the rest of the world bending over backwards to blend in with their culture”, if foreign stars like Shakira sing in English is because their big success in their native language is not enough for their ambitions. I also disagree with the article part “Americans are almost never asked to adapt, and very rarely have
The true reality of Mexicans culture has been blurred by misleading generic stereotypes, and misconceptions people have attached to the Mexicans community. TV shows such as Family Guy and South Park portray negative stereotypes about Mexicans labeling them as lazy, only working domestic jobs, speaking in broken english, and perceiving Mexican women as promiscuous. When in reality Mexicans are the opposite of those stereotypes. Throughout human history the act of being lazy has been frowned upon in society. When you are lazy you are looked at as less since you are not being a contributing member of society.
25 Oct. 2016. Although the law is clear in this matter females are still paid less than men under the guise of other reasons, like a series of Jim Crow laws for females to prevent them from being paid as much as males. This act however is hardly ever followed and even those proven to have disobeyed the law usually get away with it. In the U.S there is still people who disbelieve the fact that women are still paid less than men women however have fired back at such people commenting on how it’s technically illegal to pay women less. For example a tumblr post respond to men insisting that women are paid equal to men.
However, I personally think it is wrong to convert to Christianity just to run away from what you are and I believe most Hmong family do so just for that reason. The culture is so rich and beautiful that it hurts to see a Hmong child not being able to speak Hmong. You identify yourself as Hmong; you are Hmong-American, but you can’t speak the language. I am ashamed that the parents of the child didn’t teach their children the language. The Hmong writing system is almost gone where only few elders know them.