Being American means that you are part of one of the most diverse cultures in the world. America is one of very few countries in the world where it is near impossible to define the nationality by one race or religion. America is a melting pot of different religions and it is difficult to find anyone who does not have immigrant bloodlines from many different continents such as Europe and Africa. However, we do not use race or ancestry to determine what it means to be an American. This is not what defines us, but rather our unique political, economic and social values.
Many Puerto Ricans have always dreamed of seeing their beautiful commonwealth become its own country. American laws today are imposed on the territory, but by leaving Puerto Rico to make its own choices, the citizens could design their government whichever way they would like. This choice has the support of many current Americans, from former inhabitants of Puerto Rico wishing for independence to politicians not wanting to support the island in times of need. On the contrary, Puerto Rico has been the colony of a nation for hundreds of years. They have not had independence since before Spain took over the island in the 1500s, and because of that, it could be disastrous to simply cut all ties with the nation.
The concept behind “The Brown Chest” is that no matter what has gone into it or where it has been taken, it has been a part of the same family. The items found inside are links to members that have long passed, that are still living, and to those that have not been born yet. The chest itself may reach a point where it cannot hold anything anymore, however, the memories found inside will last
“We don't really care about diversity all that much in America, even though we talk about it a great deal” (Brooks 331). Brooks says that we humans think about diversity more as a racial difference which is true, but it is not all about race, religion or ethnicity. Diversity is about any other things such as hobbies, professions, age. Anything that could make one group different from the other. “When we use the word "diversity" today we usually mean racial integration.
I came to a sense that there isn’t a thing as choosing a “Hmong life” or “American life”. From being completely Hmong to American was a battle. A learned acceptance of being Hmong American is who I am. Hmong American life is a mixture of both cultures. It doesn’t result in losing one for another, but more on balancing.
When one is in Australia it is a different story, we have become so mixed with different cultures that the “Australian Cultural” isn 't made up by a certain race or look, but made up of many different ones fused together to create an ultimate one. Back in a time where all the different countries had their different religions, nothing got too permanently mixed. The aboriginals
As a member of the LGBT community, I see America through the eyes of someone who has had to struggle to gain acceptance from others and themselves. When you are gay or transgender not everyone is going to accept or understand you, but you have a chance to be who you are because in America you can build your own path. To me, Americans are like phoenixes; we can rise from the ashes of our pasts, and build ourselves up creating our own sense of liberty and freedom. I grew up in a traditional Christian household, so I was very sheltered as a child. When it came to anything the church thought was a sin, I was never told about it, so I didn’t know what being gay meant until I was 12 years old.
I grew up in Accra, Ghana, thus my native language is Twi. However, I lived in London, England for a couple of years and have spent most of my life in Texas. Therefore, I have somewhat of a delicate accent: a mix of British English with a tinge of African tones, covered by a thin veil of American English. My culture has been woven from a mix of identities which spring from the different people and traditions I have been introduced to and live with and I consider my both immigrant and citizen status to play a huge role in that. I am not necessarily proud of my background and if I was fully American, I still wouldn’t be proud.
The New England, middle, Chesapeake, and southern colonies were all colonies located in North America. For this reason many people thought that the colonies were all the same and should be viewed as a single society. This is not the case at all; they were as different as day and night and showed minimal signs of similarity. A society is people in general thought of as living together in organized communities with shared laws, traditions, and values. Yet this was not the case with the British colonies they all differed in social, economic, philosophical, and political ways.
The home is a sanctuary of love and peace. It is the place where one feels entrenched upon. We do not talk of a physical structure which holds the living room, garage, and bedroom; but rather, of home and its embodiment in entirety. We talk of people as a home or people who causes something to become home. Moreover are events, memories, and experiences which relate to a person’s most comfortable feelings.