While for quite a while sociologists accepted that African Americans had lost most cultural ties with Africa, there is a continuum of African traditions among Africans in the New World from the West Indies to the United States. African American culture regularly grew independently from standard American culture as a result of African Americans ' yearning to practice their particular traditions, and additionally the diligence of racial isolation in America. Thusly African American culture has turn into a noteworthy piece of American culture but, in the meantime, remains an unmistakable culture
Asian Americans have also had a drastic change in public perceptions over the years. For example, the celebrated Dr. Seuss supported Japanese American internment and created propaganda in its favor(Guo). These leads many to wonder about Asian American citizens enigmatic rise to a more respected position and what was the cost of these new stereotypes(Ocampo et. al,683). Stereotypes of East Asians, including the model minority stereotype, have a complex history and lead to negative effects both in education,socially, and in the workplace.
In the United States, using the term “model minority” to describe Asian Americans does not negate the fact that they are still a minority who deal with the same hardships and discrimination as other minorities. Issues such as these are undeniably in the school systems that are inhabited by large numbers of these students with Asian backgrounds. They are exemplified by the bipolar historical treatment of Asian Americans, the numbers that matter in education today, and in the problems created and overcome by the people that face them. Sifting through the dark and difficult history leads to the light on the other side of a tunnel where there can be found methods and solutions to create success for the Asian American people. The first thing to
African American autobiographies, on the other hand are subjective like most modern autobiographies, and move from alienation to identity, from unconsciousness to awareness, and also from deprivation to success and from birth to the present stage. Therefore, African American autobiography falls within the given framework of an autobiography, and is valid for analysis under the general category, but, at the same time, it is distinct in that it contains the African Americans’ problems, agonies, and aspirations, which are unique to the race and have no parallels in the general autobiographer’s
The Evolution of Asian American Culture The United States is not a “melting pot” of cultures but is more complex like a “salad bowl” where foreign and domestic influences combine to create a society where individual differences in gender, race religion, or ethnic background are valued. Immigrants strived to become the ideal “American” citizen, a more historically accurate metaphor is that the U.S. has had a cultural “cookie cutter” with a white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, male mold; but the view of culture has changed. Today, with the increase of numerous subcultures, diversity is greater valued and accepted. The growing acknowledgment of Asian American subculture present is in social media as a result of the continuously growing Asian American population. Ever since Asians first arrived in the mid-nineteenth century, the expansion and greater exposure
This impacted the slave communities culture by changing their cultural constructs. "Africans and Indians fought with each other, claimed to be each other, and allied together for common goals" (Document 9) This document proves that trans-Atlantic slave trade inflicted a new culture upon African slaves, also know as the maroon community. The maroon community was made up of ex-slaves or runaways. By being apart of this community, it gave them a new outlook on them being away from their previous home. Although it was not an ideal situation to be in, it was much better than being a plantation slave.
Due to the large scale of diverse people of African descent, some newly arrived and some deeply rooted in America, there was a remake of the way African Americans saw themselves collectively and a new society was created. The old story of movement and rootedness was about to play itself out yet again. The image of black immigrants began to have a more influential role in politics and the culture of African America, where they have earned their rights, rather have them being given. The newcomers’ focus was access to visas, the treatment of asylees, and other matters, which revealed a greater occupation with their homeland rather than their new one. This changed during the presidential campaign in 2006, as the newly arrived found a candidate who not only looked like them but also shared many of their experiences.
In retrospect, while the African was busy chasing after ‘scarlet handkerchiefs’, little did s/he know that s/he was actually being systematically adapted towards raising cotton, sugar and other crops in the New World (Abodunrin, 2008:4). Furthermore, Abodunrin (2008:5), informs that prior to this time, to meet the need for a constant supply of cheap labour, the Europeans first turned to the aborigines and then to Africa. The reason for this U-turn in European thought could be found in the various mythical conceptions of the “African personality”. Some myths claimed that Blacks have been ordained by God to be perpetual slaves of the Whites, while another credited to Batholome de Las Casas, Bishop of Chiapa, Mexico, claimed that the work done by four American Indians could be done by one African. These myths, explains Abodunrin (2008:4), even though given the powerful support of religion which reified them to the level of divine essence, does not contradict the analysis of the historic contact of Europe and Africa as being primarily economic.
Africa is a home to numerous religions that come across to the continent. The title African Traditional Religion is given to the religion which are founded and practiced in Africa before the advent of Islam, Christianity and other minor religions which came later on in Africa, Kibicho (1978). He however stressed that the variations in African Traditional religions as it is witnessed from one ethnic group to the other, has made it very appropriate to call these, African Traditional religions, with a plural, to bring out the differences in these various religions, even though they may be minute. With all this high sense of spirituality among Africans in the early times, it is very unfortunate, inconceivable, and senseless in a way to find out that Europeans had labeled our continent as “Dark” and called its people primitive, savages and uncivilized in the 18th and 19th Centuries. As result of that Africa has lost her own heritages.