Being different from others sometimes creates a desire for a person to change oneself. In the novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez, the Garcia girls are stuck between America and the Dominican Republic, the two main settings of the novel. The girls are all dragged out of their homeland and thrown into an environment they thought would be welcoming. Even though they specifically come to America to live the so called “American Dream,” they hit some obstacles. When the girls see how different American culture is, and how much they do not fit in, they become self-conscious. They ultimately try to change themselves to assimilate to American behaviors. Out of all of the girls, this mainly relates to Yolanda because she …show more content…
On the other hand, she wants to stay attached to her background. They are both two very apparent parts of her life, that both try to get her on their end of spectrum. Whenever Yolanda wants to go out and do regular American things, her parents forbid her from being in line with American ideals: “The problem boiled down to the fact that they wanted to become American and their father … would have none of it” (Alvarez 135). Mami and Papi are confusing her because they sent her and her sisters to America to iron out their accents, but they, mainly Yolanda, still want them to stick to Dominican ways. Her parents both hold Yolanda back, but also push her forward to make the American dream a reality. Because of this, Yolanda is stuck in the middle. She does not know whether or not she should become completely American, or stick to her roots. She loves when she is called her real name instead of the “bastardized”, American version, but on the other hand, she hates the patriarchy that is part of the Dominican culture (81). The same goes for other many other things. Yolanda both hates and loves both of her cultures, but trying to fit in with both of them at the same time is too much for her, especially because she sees herself as secondary compared to Americans. Because of this, they find it hard to juggle two different …show more content…
Identity has a lot to do with how people treat others because another person’s judgement can shape one’s views of themselves. Yolanda has two very different lifestyles placed in front of her and she feels obligated to adjust to both of them. She does not accept the fact that she is a Dominican immigrant and cannot completely adjust to the American ways. However, because America is very different from what she is used to, she steers to that end of the spectrum. Even though she chooses to embrace the American side of her, she hits some bumps along the way, that alter her feelings about herself. One should realize that personality, or in this case, identity, cannot be replaced, no matter how strong the desire to be like others is. For example, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, will still be as sly and deceiving as it always was because the new front does nothing but change how it looks on the outside. This relates to Yolanda because she tries to fit in with the American ways, but fails because she does not realize that her roots are there to stay. Overall, trying to shape oneself into something else, can be a hard process that can and will lessen
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(Alvarez pages 94-95) Yolanda struggles with the idea of this in her first year of college and begins to discover how her immigrant upbringing has affected her relation to English language and sexuality, The Americans around her seem
Since I was born it was pretty much predetermined for me that I would go to Central Catholic for High School. My dad had gone there and so had my two uncles and my grandfather had been President of the Board of Directors for years. I had grown up going to Central football and basketball games and I couldn’t wait to go to school there. However, in eighth grade, my two best friends at the time and I were approached by the head varsity basketball coach at North Andover High School. I had toured the high school in my town before, but I really had no interest in going.
In Julia Alvarez’s book, How the Garcia Girl Lost Their Accents, the best literary theory to analyze the book with is Formalism, specifically looking at the recurrence of Yolonda feeling as if they don't belong, to demonstrate the greater immigrant experience during the time period. After Yolonda has lived in the United States for a while, she heads off on her own to college. She notices how her peers act differently than her, “...I cursed my immigrant origins. If only I too had been born in Connecticut or Virginia, I too would understand the jokes everyone was making in the last two digits of the year, 1969. I too would be having sex and smoking dope; I too would have suntanned parents who took me skiing in Colorado over Christmas break, and
This illustrates that beliefs and values from her family have been passed on to her because she rejects all of the men that want her. She rejects the men because it goes against her beliefs and values which were passed to her. Her beliefs and values are a direct result of growing up with her family in the Dominican Republic. This evidence shows that the beliefs and values of Yolanda are different from beliefs in the U.S. Her beliefs and values have been passed down through the roots of her family and without it she would have different beliefs.
In “Daughter of Invention” the family is struggling because the daughters and the mom want to become more American and adapt to the new culture but the dad wants nothing to do with it. He wants to continue to be the same person he was in the Dominican Republic. For example, the dad is not changing or adapting at all, “On his side of the bed my father would be conked out for an hour already, his Spanish newspaper draped over his chest…” (Alvarez 10).
I remember you were so proud you knew a foreign language. I remember I told you English was your foreign language and you left again. "(BFD, 21) Alexie is concerned with the fragmented, often alienated “bicultural” lives of such characters who sacrifice their native identity and culture in the hope of being assimilated in the dominant American one. Those who attempt to become assimilated, according to Elbert Memmi, might behave in this way: They endeavor to resemble the colonizer in the frank hope that he may cease to consider them different from him.
This autobiographical essay will define my experience as a Dominican immigrant living in New York City. Being an American citizen with a Dominican background are extremely relevant to the process of political socialization. My family background is founded on the principles of democratic values, which taught to me by my mother and father. In New York City, I found a “melting pot” of different immigrants that allowed me to feel more accepted as a Dominican living in the United States. More so, these aspects of the socialization process provided a foundation for my belief in democratic values throughout my life.
In the texts, "In Response to Executive Order 9066" by Dwight Okita and "Mericans" by Sandra Cisneros, a topic of American identity and perception of identity is shared. Both texts take a brief look at the lives, characteristics, and feelings of young girls living a bicultural life. In Cisnero's story, the girl seems caught between her two different cultures, and she struggles to connect with her Mexican heritage. In Okita's poem, the girl has a clear sense of her identity and place as an American. Culture is experienced and interpreted differently by each individual and each group of people.
In Julia Alvarez’s Antojos, is about a young Dominican American women named Yolanda who is visiting her homeland and family in search of her antojos or cravings which leads her to not only cultural confrontation between American and Dominican ways but being able to reconnect with her native identity. Yolanda was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in America. She travels back to her homeland for the first time in seven years with a possibility of staying permanently and “…live here on her own terms” (Alvarez 1304). Although her extended family welcomes her, her aunts and cousins openly criticizes her appearance and American ways, as she silently critiques theirs. Yolanda has difficultly speaking Spanish, stumbling over her words and
“The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María” by Judith Ortiz Cofer and “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan depict the endeavors people take on in an attempt to integrate into society. Cofer demonstrates how stereotypes of Latina women have led others to misjudge her and explains the difficulty she had disassociating herself from those stereotypes. Tan demonstrates that the “broken” English her mother speaks has led others to think less of her and disregard her. One’s appearance instantaneously causes others to judge them. For some it is easier to blend in and be accepted by their community, but what is it that keeps some people from assimilating, and what effect does their otherness have on them?
In her memoir “When I Was Puerto Rican”, Esmeralda Santiago talks about growing up in Puerto Rico. Santiago talks about how life has been tough for her and her family living in Puerto Rico. She talks about how they were very poor, how they lived in many different places and how life in Puerto Rico shaped her into what she became. As a student, taking Multicultural studies has helped me make sense of this diverse society and currently helped me see several theoretical perspectives in this book. In my point of view, Identity is a great part of this book and the most important theoretical perspective.
The fact of Tiffany being first generation American proved to be difficult when trying to integrate into society. Her mother and father not being able to assimilate as quickly as her proved to be the most difficult part because they were starting their lives over completely and were learning on the spot. Growing up with parents who do not speak English well at young age in the United States seems to put a lot of responsibility on a child, which causes frustration for the child as it did in Tiffany’s case. It is interesting that she possibly saw people who looked similar to her and who were of black and white mix, but did not have a connection because her culture was completely different. In the last 15 years diversity has changed for the better
Gloria Anzaldúa’s “La Prieta” tell her struggles with identity by talking about prejudices she dealt with while growing up. These prejudices, such as colorism, sexism, and heteronormativity, were not only held by people outside her social groups but within them as well. Anzaldúa goes on to explain the way identity is formed by intersecting factors and not only one aspect of someone’s life therefore denying one factor of identity can cause isolation and self-hatred. The fact that Anzaldúa developed faster than is deemed normal the first struggle in forming her identity.
Immigrants that are new to the American society are often so used to their own culture that it is difficult for them to accept and adapt to the American culture. The language that is spoken, as well as the various holidays and traditions that Americans entertain themselves with, aren’t what most immigrants would deem a neccessity for their life to move on. Nonetheless, they still have to be accustomed to these things if they have any chance of suceeding in a land where knowledge is key. The story “My Favorite Chaperone” written by Jean Davies Okimoto, follows the life of a young girl who along with her brother Nurzhan, her mother known as mama, and her father whom she refers to as Papi have immigrated to the United States from Kazakhstan, through a dating magazine. Throughout the story each family member faces problems that causes them to realize just how different their life is know that they’ve immigrated..
For example this quote “Mexican Americans or Afro- Americans were considered dangerous radicals while law- abiding citizens to drop their cultural baggage at the border.” explains that when natives they drop all their ethics and traits to fit in. Image is everything early on, but not fitting into the community again is hard. The author also writes to persuade readers that that she is a true Latina, because she tries to take spanish lessons. Mexican Americans are also seen as people with little education and poor.