In Reyna Wences’s article “My Life in the Shadows,” she uses her article to persuade the reader to support immigration. Reyna shares her story of
Informative, contemplative, and different are three words to describe “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carola Suárez-Orozco from Rereading America. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” talks about unauthorized immigration. More specifically, this source talks about the other side of the issue of unauthorized immigrants; the human face of it all. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” depicts the monster from one of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s thesis in the article, “Monster Culture (7 Theses).” The monster seen in the source “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” is the one that Cohen talks about in his fourth thesis, “The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference.” Cohen’s fourth thesis talks about the differences among groups of people in areas of race, gender, etc. and how those differences can create monsters in society. Unauthorized immigrants often get placed into a “different” or “unwanted” group and that causes them to face unfairness in society. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” correlates to Cohen’s thesis because unauthorized immigrants can be made into monsters due to differences in race and legal status. The group of unauthorized immigrants can become alienated in society, and the people themselves are sometimes referred to as “illegal aliens.” Ultimately, “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” is more credible than Cohen 's “Monster Culture (7 Theses)” because the authors have more authority to write about the subject of their source and this source
In “Se Habla Espanol,” Tanya Barrientos elaborates on her personal experience growing up in the United States. In the first couple decades of her life, Barrientos distanced herself from her cultural roots fearing that she would be judge and belittle. It was essential for Barrientos to fit in with the American society.
In How to Tame a Wild Tongue, Gloria Anzaldua uses rhetoric and personal anecdotes to convey and persuade her argument that Latin Americans are forced to relinquish their cultural heritage, and to conform to white society. The evidence she provides comes in a variety of platforms, both literal and rhetorical. Rhetorical, being through emotional, logical, and credible appeals through her text. Literal being explicitly stated, without any further analysis necessary.
“The Immigrant contribution” and “The Quilt of a Country” are two essays that share a similar focus, however, they cover two drastically different sides of the topic. Both of them share the main idea that America is a country made up almost entirely of immigrants. Kennedy’s essay, “The immigrant Contribution”, focuses on how immigrants have affected our country, whereas Quindlen’s essay discusses how people of many different cultures coexist and work together.The essays both concentrate on immigration in America and how immigration has shaped and molded our culture. The two authors describe the many different aspects of immigration in immensely different ways.
Preview paper: At first, I will describe what I observe in the video and explain the reason why these situations will happen. Absolutely, I will combine the
“As one of the dumb, voiceless ones I speak. One of the millions of immigrants beating, beating their hearts at your gates for a breath of understanding…” (America and I, Pg16). To many, America seems to promise a life fulfilled, but it doesn’t uphold its promise and immigrants seem to seek a reason for their suffering. They desire to be heard, to be understood. Anzia Yezierska, author of America and I, expresses the viewpoint of the average immigrant desiring a successful life. She begins to explain how American was the land of living hope, woven of dreams, aflame with longing desire, and how it was a sunlight burning through my darkness, but later in the story she doubts whether the American Dream really exists. “Where is America? Is there an America? What is this wilderness in which I am lost?” (pg19). As an immigrant she struggles to obtain the hope she once had,
A form of literature using a series of techniques, Poetry evokes meaning like no other form of writing. Poetry in Australia seeks to recall stories and truths through its richness and diversity. The subject of belonging by means of migration is prominent in many poetic works, but none more so than in the pieces created by Bruce Dawe and Peter Skrzynecki. Exploring the same theme, the poems are written from opposite perspectives.
In the article “What to Bring” by Naisha Jackson the immigrants chose significant items with them as they immigrated to the us. One conclusion I can draw is the items they bring are either things that remind them of back home or that is really important to them. For example, the text states, “Immigrants often also bring things that remind them of their homelands” (11). If I was traveling to a new country and was an immigrant, I would do what these immigrants are doing. Immigrants bring things with them that are important and meaningful. Also, immigrants are bringing things that mean a lot to them as a person. The text says, “Immigrants may have photographs of friends and relatives they are leaving and the places they used to live” (10). If
This book was written by Juan Gonzalez and he explained the struggle of being a Latino/immigrant. Journalist Gonzalez takes a look at how many immigrants lives are being affected due to a U.S Economy and military interests, that in return is causing a flood of immigrants, which are changing the U.S landscape, and its economy. He also digs deep in order to provide interesting detail, of the rarely talked about success of the Latino community, and the many sacrifices Latinos have to undergo in order to succeed in this country despite all the hate and alienation of those that oppose them. “The scorn of the neighbor who does not know us is our greatest danger...Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us. Once it does know us, it will
The Latino immigrants faced many challenges when they first arrived in the United States. Mario Bauza was from Cuba. In his home town, he was always made fun of, once he arrived in New York, the freedom that he felt was amazing. He was a great clarinet player, but he was faced with the challenge to have to learn Jazz music. Once he career was off to a great start, he sent for his brother-in-law to join him in his career. Muchito was known as the soul of music, once he was established in New York. The music from Cuba made its way to New York City and they intertwined it in the Jazz music to put a spin on it. The music spoke directly to the Latinos’ that have moved to New York. They say it changed their lives. It was known as the bridge
A thought-provoking source that John H.M Laslett used in researching for his book Shameful Victory is George J. Sanchez’s 1993 book Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945. His this book, Sanchez places a platform about Mexican American identity that stretches before World War II. The main argument is that Chicano history does little to explore the development of cultural adaptation. And he seeks to render that. Even through hardship and discrimination, the Mexican American identity evolved. He establishes his argument by analyzing the reasoning for Mexican immigration in the early twentieth century. He expands to the second-generation Mexicans willingness to be active in their rights. By analyzing the Mexican immigrant’s transition
The progressive era in the early twentieth century was a period of severe social and economic inequality. Progressivism was a reaction to a variety of problems that were becoming more known to the public. It was a time in which many Americans found themselves between class lines and often felt a loss of identity. McGerr a professor of history at the University of Indiana explains the “four quintessential progressive battles: to change other people; to end class conflict; to control big business; and to segregate society” At the same time the great wealth and prosperity for the “upper ten” was being noticed throughout the country. Social and economic hardship combined with the rise of big business and corruption in politics is what started the “fierce discontent” felt by so much of the population at the time.
Immigration can be a controversial topic that many governments are feuding over today. As politicians argue, the real battle occurs as each individual immigrant determines how they will approach their new country. Immigrants must choose if they will assimilate to the new countries values, languages and traditions or maintain their home country’s customs. In the article, “Two Ways To Belong In America,” the author, Bharati Mukherjee, contrasts her and her sister Mira’s experiences along with millions of other American immigrants as they face betrayal, racism, and hardship.
Often when first-generation immigrants come to America, they make little effort to assimilate into American culture and do their utmost to retain their customs and languages. In contrast, many second-generation immigrants find it necessary to discard the culture that had been preserved in the home for biological descent does not ensure feelings of cultural identity.