In America, Ashley had the opportunity to attend grade school as well as come to a HBCU to better her life and make her deceased biological mother proud. There are many differences that appear from the Jamaican culture compared to the greater American culture. Males and females are equals in the workforce. The female is not dependent on
Mukherjee, Mira’s older sister has lived in America for over thirty years, in which she married a Canadian and helped the community by working and teaching at Berkeley University in California. Now, after all these years in which she has been in America, she considers herself American. Being an American is also a person’s personal choice. If a person chooses not to call themselves American, but instead the ethnicity from where they originally came from, then that’s up to them. A person becomes American because they choose to be one.
The lesson learned here is each child is in control of his or her destiny. However, they may still feel enslaved by the broken social structure they too must react to the reality they have an equal right to pursue happiness which is the American Dream. The American dream as depicted in Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” enlightens the reader to an immigrant’s perspective. The statue of liberty beckons with the promise of the American Dream. They come from lands where they have been stripped of their riches and rights.
Assimilation There are many people around the world who want to change their lives and make it better. Some of them leave their homes, their friends, their countries and come to the United States to find a better life here. For some newcomers the only way they can survive is living in their national communities, neighborhoods, but others try to assimilate to American people. Assimilation implies that people should forget their background to become a part of a new society. Although many people think that all immigrants should go through assimilation, however I believe that people can become a part of other culture without erasing their own background, because of several reasons.
In Still Waiting for the Dream, Katie Annand describes these circumstances, Undocumented youth grow up as Americans and consider this country their home, attending primary and secondary schools, making friends, and forming ties in their communities. Consequently undocumented you face a painful paradox: the country they call home is also the country that criminalizes their presence (685). The Dream Act is offering a method to help improve the situations that these immigrants are now facing, which is why it is crucial that as a nation it is supported. It is a logical method to taking baby steps toward improving current immigration issues. The Dream Act authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust conditional permanent resident status, to an alien whom: 1.
Every person's American Dream may be different in scope, but the origins of everyone's dreams are all the same. These dreams are derived from the inalienable right in the Declaration of Independence that all men are endowed the Pursuit of Happiness. Although the American Dream is pursued by everyone, the American Dream is important to me because of the preservation of education, financial security, and freedom. In order to achieve the American Dream, you have to get a good education, and the education has to be affordable to everyone. Many immigrants come to America to have a better education.
The government sees it okay for those people already living in the United States to live with their close family, regardless of whether or not they are illegal. And actually two-thirds of legal immigrants who enter the U.S. are sponsored by familes (Langley 1). The reason why women come to the United States is because they are looking for work and they want to reunite with their families in this country (U.S. Immigration Support Org.com). Other come to get
This is simply “viewing people’s behavior form the perspective of their own culture” (Schaefer, 2012, p. 54). As Americans, most of us are proud of our culture and what we believe. However, this does not mean that just because another culture chooses to live their lives differently, they are somehow “wrong”. It also does not make the way we live “right”. While the Nacrima’s practices seem strange to us, as Miner has written about them, cultural relativism is an important practice in our daily lives.
Mama and Maggie's connections to their heritage comes from their memories, not their race so they're confused about Dee's new image. Each of them values their possessions for different reasons because of their differing viewpoints. Mama has strong family ties and views family as important. She believes that her heritage is something to be cherished. One can see this in the way she handles the situation with her daughter Dee.
Though America may not treat immigrants as badly as other countries we should welcome them with open arms. Many immigrants say the same thing when asked the question, “Why did you choose to come to America?” Their answer is often that America is said to have more opportunities. My Aunt once told me that people would tell her that the roads were paved with gold. These immigrants truly believe that by bringing their families to America they would be able to provide better lives for them. In the case of some immigrants there may be more opportunities in America for them, but because of the immigration laws they are stuck with unfair and unjust low paying jobs.