Prof. Tavera ENGL 1301 9 October 2012 Agosin and Barrientos Identity can be looked at from many different perspectives. In our current culture here in the United States factors such as race, nationality, and class are what most people think of when they think about a persons identity. Marjorie Agosin is affected by all of these factors and finds it hard to keep her identity when she moves to the United States. Agosin doesn’t want to lose her cultural heritage and finds it best to preserve her identity through language. Tanya Barrientos finds it troubling when she moves to the United States because she longs to fit in to the American culture.
Da-Duh considers her culture to be the only way to live, the right way to live. When her granddaughter shed light on a new lifestyle, Da-Duh became stubborn as a result of an internal conflict with change. Her defense mechanism automatically triggered anger because she is in a position where she has the option of going along with her granddaughter or retreating back to the comfort of her old life and customs. When Da-Duh asked her granddaughter if she had anything quite as tall as the palm trees in New York, she responds that there are much taller skyscrapers. Da-Duh is extremely vexed because her previous conceptions of her culture’s superiority were just proven wrong.
When I wait for my daughter to get out of school I would love to speak to a Hispanic person, just because they are a person, not because they are Hispanic. Racism can’t be put behind us unless both races talk to each other. Maybe the Hispanics in my neighborhood aren’t as educated so they don’t feel comfortable carrying on an intelligent conversation. Or, maybe they think that Hispanics and Whites shouldn’t mix. I have no idea what is going through their head, but I just want them to know that I am friendly.
Towards the ending of the essay she wanted to be considered a latina but she felt it wasn’t relevant for her to call herself latina if she didn’t know much Spanish. She then begins to wonder if there is any other people in the world that are just like her that are bilingual but don’t really fit in with their culture because of the American culture they have developed while being a
Like author Judith Ortiz Cofer writes her story “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl named Maria” that “As a Puerto Rican girl living in the Unites States and wanting like most children to “belong,” I resented the stereotype that my Hispanic appearance called forth from many people I met” (366). Parents raise their kids to become the stereotype instead making them see the better in them and the batter in
Sociological Autobiography Being a Salvadorian American woman has led me to face many obstacles resulting from my personal journey as well as racial stereotypes. For example, “Is she going to graduate high school?” or “Is she going to get pregnant at the age of 16 because that’s just what Hispanic girls do”. Or the usual “Oh she’s Hispanic, she must be ghetto or of lower social class”. These are some of the expectations that society had bestowed upon me as a young Hispanic woman and that I was determine to challenge. It’s funny how we (the people) don’t really notice how society affects us therefore we make choices based off what society expects from us.
In my eyes she clearly shows that even when you’re a legal immigrant it shouldn’t affect you at all. But Mira still feel a sense of betrayal when she thinks about her sister, the fact that Bharati loved America and American traditions. And married an American of Canadian parentage, She wears American clothing; and adjusts to American society fairly quickly. Mira on the other hand doesn’t want to change; she doesn’t wish to adjust herself to the American culture. She still sticks to her Indian
Everyone strives to belong. Achieving a sense of belonging can be difficult, especially for families who have to establish new ties in a second culture they have immigrated to. Both the Joy Luck Club and Immigrant Chronicles share the difficulties that first and second generation immigrants have in finding their place in a new country. Although the challenges each generation faces are different and contribute to a lack of connection to one another, belonging is vital to them both, nonetheless. In the Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, all four of the mother’s depicted in the story struggle with the new culture because their first culture is more deeply ingrained in their character.
She is being pulled on both sides to conform into American culture by her boyfriend George or be proud of her heritage and where she came from by her suitor Joseph. Ruth serves as the typical black housewife of the time. She only wants what is best for her family. She strives to make do with what little they have. She is depicted as an emotionally strong black woman dealing with the issues of domestic dilemmas and poverty.
Suze Orman: The Money Class American Dream. American Dream is not only for Americans and as an individual who’s not a resident of America I will honestly say that I, like most of the Filipino population does, have my own American Dream. Why not? The word America itself holds a lot of promise- new life, new city, new opportunities. For an average Filipino citizen they would think that being able to land a job in America would be the answer to all their financial problems, that it will help them provide for their family and their future family but The Money Class is not a book that will put your American Dream on top of the mountains, for me The Money Class is a big slap on my face that my American Dream is long dead, if ever I will have the opportunity to go there and relinquish my American Dream I reckon it wouldn’t be as