Moving to a new country with a completely different culture than your own is very challenging to families. Adapting to a new culture and trying to raise kids with the new culture but still have them know about the other culture is extremely difficult. Moving to a new place forces people to eat new food, learn new sayings, and get a new and maybe different job just to fit in. It also doesn’t help that a lot of families are poor and have to start from scratch and try to make enough money. In “ Daughter of Invention,” the author shows that adapting to a different culture is challenging and is hard on families.
The Vietnam War in the late 1970s lead many of refugees including children attempting to attain better living condition relative to those in war-torn Vietnam. Escaping from a war torn nation and arriving to America meant getting accustomed to the much different western culture, while simultaneously facing the challenge of retaining your traditions. Le Thi Diem Thuy presents the story, “The Gangster We Are All Looking For,” to demonstrate her struggle as a migrant. Thuy discusses through her first- hand experiences the arduous struggle that was assimilating into American culture.
Adjusting to America How tough is it coming to America from another country? Every year, thousands of people immigrate to America alone for different reasons whether it be war or just to start a new, better life. For some, it was not even a choice whether they could leave, because the only other option was eventually death. Even with help from others, the transition from their old customs, to the American lifestyle is very hard to do. Many people had to adjust living in the United States.
ownership Singh & Denoble, (2004). According to Waldinger, Aldrich and Ward (1990) highlight that, if migrants are active in the primary market, which is the four possible factors: - Lower-developed markets that businesses have neglected; - Their business ownership has little economies of scale; - Their market is characterised by different food; - Their market segment is aimed at immigrant only. Majority immigrant business owners involve in the ethnic limited products, which is represented by importation and exportation of, or retail stores for, migrant’s goods and services Butler and Green, (1997). Most authors have stated that ventures begun by migrant business owners are minor and generate little growths of income Butler and Greene, (1997).
My parents were immigrants from Estonia with 16 children. They entered America with no knowledge of the language and young children in their hands. My mother worked multiple jobs to ensure we had food on the table, but what seemed like enough never lasted. My older siblings starved just so we could eat. Although, my family faced many challenges, we were blessed to come to a country that provided better opportunities.
As years passed, my English got better and my work experience contributed to my mental, personal, emotional and professional growth. Today, I don’t have to repeat what I say and it is ironic that I feel more American than Colombia; especially after I got my U.S citizenship and after I married my U.S Navy Corpsman. It has been almost 12 years on my life in this country and I still feel like I don’t really belong anywhere. Identity is that aspect of your life that is been affected and hard to clarify when you move from one country to another, especially if is during the youth. 4 months I ago, I visited my motherland, I felt home, but my people didn’t see me the same way; family and friends noticed a different accent on me; as we had conversations, I noticed that I needed some of English words to express myself better, I did not feel complicated identified with my Colombian friends’ opinions or some of their views, I did not remember what my favorite mall or restaurant was in Colombia; after that trip, I felt like I lost my original identity while I was in the States.
Shirley A. Suarez, Blaine J. Fowers, Carolyn S. Garwood1 and Jose Szapocznik2 (2014) in Biculturalism, Differentness, Loneliness, and Alienation in Hispanic College Students shown that a diathesis-stress hypothesis predicted that biculturalism would buffer feelings of loneliness and alienation resulting from feelings of differentness in Hispanic college students in a bicultural context. In a sample of 138 undergraduate Hispanic students, there was an inverse relationship between biculturalism and the degree of loneliness and alienation reported. Furthermore, a direct relationship was apparent between perceived differences in value orientations from those of family members and the degree of loneliness and alienation reported. The diathesis-stress
Hello Friends and Family, I was just writing this letter to tell you how I’ve been and what it’s like to move to America. I moved to America from Asia. Although it was hard leaving my family and friends behind. I was really looking forward to the opportunity I had to start a new life in a new country. The opportunity that was waiting for me in America was the California Gold Rush.
Neura refuge There are different turning points in different part of everyone’s life. A Turning point that I am going to talk about making my life positively better. There are many turning points in my life, but the major turning point of my life is when my parents decided to move the United State as part of the Third-Country Resettlement Program started by UNHCR for the refugees in Sudan called Neura. Comparing to the background that I had and an education that I got, it’s fairly coming united state was my turning point. I was born in Eritrea.
It takes an abundant amount of time, money, and paperwork to legally immigrate to the United States. The first step of the immigration process is obtaining a visa, a step that was difficult for my parents. There are multiple types of visas, depending on the purpose why one wants to move to the United States, such an employment, family, refugee, immigration, and marriage visa. My father first applied here as an immigrant, and when he arrived in the United States, my mother applied for a marriage visa to join my father to start their new lives together. They both went to the United Nations office in Baghdad, Iraq, a complicated six-hour drive from Slemani, Kurdistan to proceed with the preliminary steps.
Throughout my entire life, I think the most significant challenge I have faced is immigrating to America. I spent thirteen years of my life in the Philippines and then all of a sudden, I have to leave everything behind to face a different world from what I grew up with. What was difficult about moving to this new country involved everything from learning new values to settling down on a whole new environment. I had to face the reality of a diverse society and deal with the conflicts that comes with the different cultural values that come along with it.