I simply thought (as ignorant and naive as it was) that it was how we were born, just like the colour of our skin. By reading a couple of articles and essays about the influences of culture, I have already found out that members of collectivist cultures tend to be interdependent and to have self-concepts defined in terms of relationships and social obligations and in contrast, members of individualist cultures tend to strive for independence and have self-concepts defined in terms of their own aspirations and achievements. I also learned from psychologist Nalini Ambady that both the structure and function of the human brain throughout its development are shaped by the environment. The social environment, in turn, is shaped by culture. This makes a lot more sense concerning the topic of growing up in a cultured household with strict morals and
Then When his teacher said you need to read to be educated , he started reading books above his matching . Then when he takes off reading , he really doesn't understand what he’s reading because everything is advanced . And he thought he was “getting educated”.When he wasn't . Some else quote is “From an early age I knew that my mother and dad could read and write both Spanish and English” (1) , but they did not teach him how to speak spanish , so he would often could get called “coconut” , so he got made fun of , paradoxical of Mark Mathabane. Along with in the text it also says “In fourth grade I embarked upon a grandiose reading program.
At home, his parents also struggled to speak English making the situation even harder on Richard. Fortunately, Richard had encouraging teachers jumpstarted his English learning curriculum so he would be better equip to interact within his community. As he started becoming more and more fluent in English, his native Spanish language started to drift. Richard began to realize that the connection at home slowly dwindled away as he was increasing his English speaking at school. Richard began to sense a lack of safety in his own home.
They say family is about the ones that love you and where life begins. Some families that are featured in books do not even have that type of family. You have this feeling that some of the relationships are similar and some are different. Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” is about a family that is very different from mine. In this family the parents are separated from their son and the people who are above average are required to wear hideous handicaps.
I was able to relate to some of the stories immigrant children shared, but for others their stories were surprising. In the article “Translating America For Parents and Family; Children of Immigrants Assume Difficult Roles” by Chris Hedges, Edda Barros spoke about her experiences translating for her parents. Edda said, “There are times, especially with doctors, when I have no idea what they are talking about”, translating is not always easy. I have been in Edda’s situation before, where I do not understand what I am supposed to be translating and will have to asking what it means. This happens both in person and when I have to read something to my parents.
When living in a family with parents that speak "broken English", it is always common to find hardships and challenges. In "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldua, her mother states that, " Pa' hallar buen trabajo tienes que saber hablar el ingles bien. Que vale toda......ingles con un 'accen" (34). This means that to get a good job we need to speak English well. Her mother was embarrassed that Anzaldua spoke English like Mexican.
Living their home country just so my siblings and I could get a better education and better life. As we all know, life in America is not that easy when you are newbies. As an 11 years old kid, I wouldn't know what to do or how to help my parents when they are going through a tough time. All I do was go to school, come home, and do some reading. Besides, school wasn't that easy for me because I didn't know English and I couldn't communicate with the people around me nor the teachers.
Now, remembering how I acted before I am consumed with guilt. I knew my parents tried their best for me, but I was selfish and complained. I realize their hardships and sacrifices they made to make my life better. By the time I started school, there was a disconnect with my peers. I could understand what was being said to me, but I could not communicate.
Her family oriented ways has made me more of a family person. Because of her, I am now able to try new foods and stop being picky every time I am introduced to a new meal. I don’t think I will ever learn the Filipino language, but I have a few words memorized. Loren and I have talked about taking a trip to the Philippines. I love getting to know Loren’s family and traditions so I would love visiting the Philippines even