Yolanda travels to her homeland in order to find her cultural and personal identity. Leaving her native country to America at a young age she “…was losing her Spanish…”(Alvarez 1300) and culture that forms her family background and national heritage. For this reason, she approaches situations differently than the rest of her extended family, and there is a gap between their cultural perspectives and her own. This gap leads to a certain distance between her and the other members of the family. Yolanda “…never felt at home in the States…” (Alvarez 1304) and is experiencing the same alienation feelings with her family.
She does not feel welcome in her home, even with her family supporting her. Yolanda struggles with finding out who she is. Going on a trip to find guavas is a way to find freedom from her family, while also appreciating the culture of her country. Wendy Perkins writes “During her search for the fruit, she encounters a more pronounced sense of class conflict and sexism than she has found in America. Thus Yolanda is in effect caught between two cultures: she looks to her homeland to provide her with a more complete sense of herself, but at the same time, recognizes that she has been Americanized enough to be unable to return to a more traditional way of life” (Perkins 4).
We can see this ideal being contrasted when the speaker says to “whisper in Spanish or Polish when the babies sleep” (9-10), generally saying that the babies cannot hear their own mother tongue as a “process” of being that “true American”. Gloria Anzaldua’s theory of a mixed culture offers an insight into how the Immigrants in Pat Mora have to be educated in a much more “American” style than their own culture. Anzaldua argues that “we need you to accept the fact that Chicanos are different” (107), relating to Mora’s idea that though these children are being forced to be “like” an American in
The government is so corrupt that it cannot care for the natives making them “too poor to live properly” (Kincaid 19). Antigua’s corrupt government is one reason that irritated Kincaid about colonization but another reason why is that it “created Antigua”. There were no indigenous people on Antigua when the British founded it. They brought slaves, onto the island, creating the Antiguans that populate the island today. This means everything on the island is to the British 's liking, an example is education.
Hemon escaped civil war in his homeland to America, and applied for an asylum. Influenced by communism ideology, the United States was seen as an enemy for Min. Born in Puerto Rico, Santiago was technically American by birth, but she was seen as a foreigner by the Americans. Not only immigrant autobiography theory will be analyzed in the thesis, but historical contexts of each ethnic immigrant will be presented in order better understand the reason why they migrate to the New World. Their American immigrant autobiographies are an important element in order to learn immigrant experiences in the late twentieth
The notion of Sankofa suggests that Africans need to remember their past if concerns regarding race have to be addressed in the present. The world cannot appreciate the African identity unless they don 't embrace it themselves. It is also a message for non-Africans to remember their privileged histories and acknowledge its part in their social position in the present world as the issues of identity can not be addressed unless they look at the African community from the lens of their
Jamaica Kincaid 's A Small Place examines the historical/social context of how Antiguans dealt racism through slavery after an oppressive European colonization. Kincaid reveals that European colonization resulted in Antigua dealing with injustice such as corruption and poverty. She argues Europeans and Americans traveling to Antigua are focused on the beautiful scenery, which is not a correct representation of the day to day lives of Antiguans. Although racism has many negative effects, Kincaid seemed to state the benefits of Europeans’ colonialism and how it contributed to her life such by introducing the English language and the library that helped her to become a writer. Kincaid states that we “cannot get over the past, cannot forgive and cannot forget” (26); therefore, Kincaid feels that the past influences the present.
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»The American Embassy« is a short story written by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story is about the corruption and suppression that takes place in Nigeria, more precisely in Lagos, where the short story is set. Some brave men stand up against the leaders and risk their lives for democracy. A woman stands in a life-changing situation after she just has experienced that everything in her life has been torn apart. Which destiny lies in wait for the Nigerians?
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