eMaria-Gloria Contrada Introduction to Literature Professor Obuch 9 October 2014 Paper I 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. In both Maxine Hong Kingston’s No Name Woman and Richard Rodriguez’s Mr. Secrets, the two authors describe the clash between their American upbringing and their ancestral culture, heightened by their struggle between the private and the public, thus secrecy/discretion versus openness. Their internal conflicts with cultural hybridity and their shame at the secrecy of their family, prompts Kingston and Rodriguez to use writing as means of reaching a catharsis.
This was brought up in 1944 by the Korematsu v. United States case. This was a case between the United States Supreme Court and Fred Korematsu. Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu was an American civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. This case was a landmark United States Supreme Court case concerning the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066. They found Korematsu guilty of the fact that he was giving President Roosevelt inaccurate information about the Japanese-American citizens.
He stated that one government cannot direct all the affairs within the country, but a state government can conduct its affairs more efficiently and productively. The separation of power also prevents the United State from "consolidating into one". Another example that supported the Jeffersonian view of a strict understanding of the constitution is a letter written by him in the 1800th to, Samuel Miller, a Presbyterian minister. In it he stated that, according to the Constitution, the federal government has no authority to regulate
The girl identifies more with the American culture and thus the issue of American identity. The young girl claims that her favorite food is hot dogs and she does not know how to use Japanese chopsticks. This demonstrates of a child who disregards her Japanese culture and glorifies an American identity. Both hot dogs and chopsticks are symbols that surround the girl who is torn between two distinct
Julia Alvarez and his three teenage sisters discover the “key” to assimilating into their new country. Their stereotypical understanding of what it means to be an American is defined by one’s appearance. Comparing themselves to the women featured in the Miss America contest, makes the Alvarez girls long for the “American look”. It narrows down to a caucasian, hourglass shaped figure with long seamless straight hair. “Although we wanted to look like we belonged here, the four sisters, our looks didn 't seem to fit in.” Their dark olive skin tone, curly hair, unshaven legs and noses did not mirror the women on television.
The colorism she first faced was her grandmother inspecting her the shade of color of her skin to see if she looked more European or Indigenous (Anzaldúa 1983, 221). Colorism occurs when someone, generally darker skinned, is less desirable due to the shade of color of their skin within their own family. Anzaldúa faced this when she was called “muy prieta” and was told to stay out of the sun in order to keep her skin lighter. She was also shamed by her family for being openly sexual by being called “puta” and “jota (queer)” when she told them of her friends’ sexual orientation (Anzaldúa 1983, 227). Those labels were used to shame her for her lifestyle as well as to give power to the patriarchy and heteronormative society she resided
In the essay “the plastic pink flamingo: A natural history, Jennifer price reveals the popularity of the flamingo in america as the generation evolves from the bleak events of the past. This iconic 1950’s lawn decorative represented a culture filled with ignorance and vain. Throughout her essay, Jennifer Price uses tone, satire, and symbolism to create an insightful analysis on her view of the American culture as they are too absorbed with material goods and their pride. Emphasizing the ignorant attitude of America, Price begins the essay with a critical tone describing the importance of flamingos. She adds to her claims of boldness that “it was also a flamingo” and “was pink” italicizing part of the sentence’s end to demonstrate America's
Which kept both sisters in America for an extended period of time. Meanwhile after living in America for over 30 years, the laws on the benefits of immigrants are implemented only to the new immigrants. Mira feels betrayed by her country. She believes the laws should benefit immigrants who been in
Through the dissection of Han, the author argues that Han is not and by no means should be treated as an ethnic identity, though the PRC government has intentionally bundled the two up. The paper further explains that Han does not qualify as an ethnic group because an ethnic group usually possesses its own language and a sense of uniqueness which distinguishes itself from other ethnicities, while ‘Hanzu’ in fact comprises diverse vernacular languages and has deep subdivisions concerning ethnic recognition. Instead, in the author’s view, Han is a “an artificial super-ethnicity” made up of a collection of real ethnic groups. Such viewpoints remind me of the methodology that political scientist Benedict Anderson adopted in Imagined Communities
Also through Salwa’s grandmother who tells a traditional Palestinian children’s tale entitled “Nus Nsays” , Halaby made a dialogic relationship between the novel and the Arabic culture, when Salwa asks her grandmother why Nus Nsays is so small, her grandmother responds, “To show that with determination and a clever wit, small characters can defeat larger evils. Every Palestinian has a bit of Nus Nsays within him or her” (98). Halaby depicted the American way of life in Salwa and Jassim who were absorbed in the American culture: That afternoon, driving up recently repaved asphalt to his nestled-in-the hillshome, Jassim pulled up his glinty Mercedes next to one of many identical expectant mailboxes, each painted a muted rusty brown … in the coolness of his house, Jassim removed a gleaming glass from a