If you were born or raised on American soil? To me, being an American is having U.S. citizenship. I see “American” as an ethnicity, which is something you can’t really change. But American in spirit is something different, a person in my opinion can deem themselves as an ‘American at heart” by living the American way. I am a “host” and a guide; meaning I am constantly exposed to people from around the world.
In the current political environment, the question “What does it mean to be an American” is one that really caused me to think and reflect deeply. And while some are vowing to “Make America Great Again”, I think there are already a number of things that already make America great and make me proud to be an American. Early on, our founding fathers suggested through the Constitution that at its core, what it meant to be American was simply “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s a fairly simplistic notion and the focus of my essay explores whether this literal interpretation can still apply in today’s more complex society or whether being an American requires more than that. As I try to answer this question myself, I began first by trying to inventory the things I appreciate most about America. I quickly determined that the things I cherish most might be quite different than my other classmates, friends, and possibly my own family and that’s when I realized that the discretion to express your own ideas and to think
The mission of the American Immigration Council (AIC) is to “strengthen America by honoring our proud history as a nation of immigrants and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration” (“About the American Immigration Council”). The institutes mission expressed that there is a need for a change in the way the people of America is perceiving immigration. Also, it gives insight to those who forgot that America was shaped by immigrants. According to Discover the Networks, “the council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision the American immigrant experience”. The AIC was established in 1987 to help promote immigration to the United States (“AAIC”).
In recent years, Immigration has become one of a plethora of hot topics during political races. Politicians, like many Americans, see our great nation as a prize only of the deserving. The United States symbolize the land of the free. Even before the signing of the Declaration of Independent in 1776, immigrants flocked to the United States of America in search of their three fundamental rights endowed in the Preamble – “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Everyone, including people who immigrated to the United States illegally, should have an equal opportunity to attain these inalienable rights.
In conclusion, there has been many changes that Hmongs have had to adapt to, in order to “fit in”. Even if they come to America and change their religion, their outfits, and food. They will always have their Hmong roots. In the end they are Americans because of
English is a medley of different sounds and etymologies, our monuments draw inspiration from the outside sources such as the Romans and the Egyptians. And our population is a compendium of human diversity. What is it then that unifies the American people? What is the spark that separates them from the rest of the world? Looking in the metaphysical spectrum, it becomes apparent that what separates Americans from the rest is not a
What is an American? Is it just someone that lives in North or South America? Or does their geography even matter? Do you have to be white, or does ethnicity even matter? There are many confusions about what it means to be an American or how to become one.
In America today is racial or ethnic identity doesn’t matter America is a state populated mostly immigrants. Hispanic, Blacks even white we all come from different nationality, different home land but we all reside in one place. That is American but regardless were we come from we still call this place our home. No matter who you are nobody it’s truly from where they said there from if you trace down your time line far down enough we are all from the same place. They say home is where the heart is, what if your home is not a country nor a house but a place like no other.
The American Dream is something a lot of people, all over the world, have. They are all under the assumption that America is where you want to be. We have the jobs and economy to financially support them. Immigrants from Mexico always try to cross the border, looking for a better life. Some do cross legally and try to start their life here.
This debate has continued to this day, and it has even intensified as republican candidates of the 2016 presidential elections have stated plans of taking away the right of citizenship to children born in America to undocumented parents. Today, there are many ways in which people define American identity and in which they answer the question of who is really entitled to it. Out of all the existing definitions people have developed to answer the question of who is a real American, the one that is the most logical states that anyone who self identifies as an American and who lives up to true American ideals can be, in fact, considered as a true
The United States decennial census, it covering very comprehensive, as well as to all aspects of American life have had an impact, from the division of congressional districts to allocate community funds, constitutional revision, and improvement, and so on. Census findings of race, and to see the results from this change in the racial composition consisting of American political, and socio-cultural influence and significance. Census shows that the racial makeup of the United States today: 69.1% white, 12.5% Hispanic, 12.1% African-American, Indian and Alaska Native people 0.7%, Asian and Pacific Islander 3.6%, other 0.3%, 1.6% has two or more races. Ethnic fusion, culture fusion, contributed to the diversity of American culture. Black was initially brought into the United States efforts to traffickers when mainly used for agricultural production.
America is an Independent body of minds and also was the first of its kind coming up with new ways to separate and distance themselves away from other countries that 's what makes America so unique it wasn 't told what to do by British Parliament or have a Monarch. A quote that supports my main definition and thesis statement would be would be a quote by Thomas Jefferson when he said “ The cement of this union is the heart blood of every american”Jefferson, Thomas. "To Lafayette Monticello, February 14, 1815." The Letters of Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826. American History, n.d.