Julia Alvarez attempted to rewrite the immigrant experience from the female perspective by sharing her own life story as an immigrant seeking asylum from her oppressive dictatorship ruled homeland, the Dominican Republic. Alvarez’s novel How the García Girls Lost Their Accents is a semi-autobiography of her own journey to and from the Dominican Republic to the United States by drawing on her own experiences and observations about the fractured sense of identity accompanying immigration to the United States.
I. Introduction Throughout the time, the terms of borders and identities have always been connected to each other. Passing through the other side of a border usually means transforming of the personal identity and culture into something delicate. This situation is especially true when passing through the border of Mexican and United States. Living on the border or after passing through it, it is almost like each immigrant’s identity, although it should be limitless, is surrounded with borders.
In the story, “A Place Where the Sea Remembers” by Sandra Benitez, every character faces major difficulties of some sort. From Marta being raped to Don Justo’s daughter dying, there are twists and turns around every corner. A topic the author brushes upon is education and where it lies in society. By getting an education, anyone can acquire more wealth and can be useful in day to day life. “A boy’s education is very important” (Benitez 73).
Being an immigrant is difficult, therefore people are sacrificing their lives for freedom to have a better life. In her short story “The Trip”, Laila Lalami shows a dangerous trip for freedom. Also in his essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”, Jose Antonio Vargas explains his troubles with his immigrant life. Courage in both Murad and Vargas stories is a common theme. They both had the courage to do something important in, their life and might not survive.
In the prologue to Familia tipo, Cecilia Priego explains the circumstances in which she produced her film. On a recent trip to Spain, she went to see family members and people her father knew. They gave her home movies, photographs, and letters from his youth. Upon seeing these materials, Priego comes to understand some of the decisions her father made during his lifetime. Ironically, the film’s title leads us to believe that we are going to learn about a “typical” family, entirely ordinary and unexceptional.
In Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, the author uses different gender, sexual orientation and skin color to suppress the stereotypical similarities to other immigrants. Two characters that prove they aren’t the cliche of Mexican immigrants. Nayeli is a dark colored,athletic, Mexican women who recently graduated for high school. While Tacho is a openly gay restaurant owner,which is very outgoing and willing to be himself. Both, Nayeli and Tacho where part of the minority in Mexico, but they took on the hardest
Everyday people are judging and being judged by others with unique criteria that we, as inhabitants of Earth deem necessary checkmarks to be met to afford and be afforded tokens of civility. In Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Myth of the Latin Woman” the memoir is brimming with personal accounts of fetishiztation and discrimination the author experiences as a Latin woman that have vast influence on her life. Throughout the text Cofer conveys the significance of how deep the status “exotic” to describe Latina women is held inside the minds of people which the author alludes to on page 879, “I thought you Latin girls were supposed to mature early,”  after being given a sudden, non-consensual kiss at a dance by her date. The author expresses the cultural dissonance between
Each individual that is described as ‘the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, and the ones who see things differently’ are people who don’t fit in society and those who would not likely be accepted by others but can be described as innovators. However, the ones who see things differently would be applied to Sherman Alexie, an author, poet, and Native America of the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene from the Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA. He experienced a misfit as a teen of racial groups and struggle of finding himself in a new world that led him to write The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, with a quote, “Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member
Don’t you think it’s about time people start thinking of each other as equals? An outsider is a person who doesn’t correspond to a particular group or is overpowered by people of higher estate. Outsiders are constantly alienated because they are abused by the people with authority, leaving them with no voice in decision making, this sensation is seen in the French Revolution, Industrial Revolution,The Metamorphosis, and Fences. During the French Revolution and Industrial Revolution young children and adults went through rough times, whether they had very little money or were starving because of how poor they were.
In the story, “The Myth of a Latin Woman” is about the author Judith Ortiz Cofer talking about her life and growing up as a Puerto Rican girl. She talks about the struggles she had to go through, like always being under heavy surveillance by her family. She would be under their watch because she was a girl and was expected to protect her family’s honor and to behave like in her family’s terms “proper senorita”. I agree that she was forced to mature fast just at her teenage years; a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe Cofer could never act her age.