My view on the lives and experiences of immigrant’s are negative ones. Immigrants struggle every day to make their lives better. Whether they get pushed or pulled in the United States, the reason is always for the better but what incoming immigrants do not realize is that their personal view point is most likely unrealistic. The following sources: “Stories of Migration“, “Stories of Immigration“, Personal Interview, Picture Bride, New Kids in Town, “Funny in Farsi”, and Lou Dobbs article are going to help me support my view on the lives and experiences of the people immigrating to the United States. Immigrants coming from their native land to the United States are difficult already. Then once they come here, all their plans seem to be going down the drain because all their expectations were not met. “When I first came here to the states, I thought everything was amazing until we started to struggle with everything” (Mones). Most immigrants struggle when they start out in the United States. They find it difficult to catch up with the advances the United States may have that differ from their customs back at their native land. “I remember my very first day of school here in the states. I thought it would be a breeze to make new friends, but I only knew little English and the kids would make fun of my heavy Filipino accent when I spoke to introduce myself. I was pretty much on my own for a while until some kids had the guts to even try to talk to me” (Mones). Immigrants usually have this thought that it would be easy for them to do something simple like make a conversation, but if they do not know the language, it would only make it more difficult. They usually have a positive viewpoint of life in the United States until reality kicks in. “Many pulls are economic – a better job, the promise of free land, free riches, a better quality of life. Migrants who are pushed often leave their homes to escape bad conditions” (SOM 21). When people immigrate to...
January 13, 2013
I am a 36 year old woman from Czechoslovakia who migrated in 1900 to America from my home country with my husband and two young children. We are one of the few families that were lucky enough to come to America together. Once we arrived in America we made our way to Cleveland, Ohio where my distant cousins whose family migrated thirty years ago greeted us.
When I left what is now Czechoslovakia it was part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy otherwise known as the Hapsburg Empire (Molinari, 2013). In our country there is very little economic opportunity because of the shortage of land. My husband and I come from farming families and with the shortage of land our family is suffering (America Immigration: Czech/Bohemia Immigrants, 2004). America is a place where my family can make a new start.
Like the other subjects of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy we had to obtain permission in order to leave our country. We had to prove to the government that we had the money for our family of four obtain tickets on the boat and show that we all had our emigration passports (America Immigration: Czech/Bohemia Immigrants, 2004). Once we did this we had to wait three days to receive our emigration permission papers which would allow us to board the ship destined for America.
Because we did not...
...Over the course of hundreds of years, immigrants from numerous countries have sought out to search for a better life in a new place. Many have come over to America with hopes and dreams that they wish to accomplish, but along the way they have also discovered the bitter reality of the immigrantexperience and hardships that they must overcome on their journey to America. Based on the readings of Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, and Elva Trevino’s Barefoot Heart, the immigrantexperience is seen through the eyes of the main characters. All of the authors offer a different perspective from each character as to how the immigrantexperience is like, what they have to encounter, and the hardships that come along the way. One thing that ties them all together is their experience as an immigrant. It is the dream of every immigrant, to live a worry free life in a new country, although what comes along with the experience is having to adapt to new surroundings, overcoming the typical stereotypes, clash between two cultures and financial issues.
One of the ways which the immigrantexperience is displayed is through the main characters learning how to adapt to new surroundings. In the story, The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan shows the four Chinese mothers...
...How does not belonging and belonging arise in the immigrantexperience?
The immigrantexperience is a significant journey which encompasses the dynamic process of belonging and not belonging. Whilst a sense of insecurity, fear and rejection emerges from an individual’s inability to integrate into wider society, these emotions can be mitigated by forging meaningful connections to others, thus leading to a sense of social inclusion. Moreover, immigrants who have a sense of self-realisation are the ones that attempt to fix their own problems and succeed. This is exemplified in the texts by Raimond Gatia’s novel, “Romulus, My father”, Adam Elliot’s claymation film “Harvie Krumpet” and Shaun Tan’s graphic storyboard “The arrival” . (UNFINISHED)
“Romulus, My father” asserts how the social isolation and alienation associated with the migrant experience contributes to the development of Christine’s mental illness, which exacerbates the arising family crisis between Romulus and Christine. Although not explicitly referenced in the text, Christine’s middle class Romanian upbringing renders her unable to cope with the drastic changes wrought by migrating to Australia.This dilemma accentuates Raimond’s perspective of his childhood life and his reflection on his choices of belonging and not belonging. Through the further chapters of the Novel, Raimond gains a sense of self realisation which allows...
...Ethnicity and the ImmigrantExperience
When thinking about immigration, most individuals imagine all different types of ethnic groups traveling to a separate land away from their own. Most imagine America. Immigration, throughout history, has occurred within all types of ethnicities. When taking a closer look at the individuals living in America, it is apparent that everyone is not exactly like one another. Assimilation becomes a popular word used when discussing migration, and both positives and negatives come along with it. Two theorists that discuss the meaning of assimilation in their writings are Stephen Steinberg in his book, Ethnic Myth, and Milton Gordon in his book Assimilation in American Life. They discuss issues regarding assimilation and how they affect the nation as a whole. A novel written by Chang-Rae Lee titled, Native Speaker, gives specific examples as to how the assimilation process affects others and the migrants themselves, as also described in both Steinberg and Gordon’s books.
In Steinberg’s book, Ethnic Myth, he discusses with his readers the issues regarding ethnic identity and assimilation. This is presented and explained in the chapter titled, The Atrophy of Ethnic Cultures. He first talks about the idea of the “melting pot” and how it should not be analyzed lightly. He gives a quote from John Higham that says, “Loud assertions of pluralism almost invariably betray fears of assimilation” (Steinberg, 59)....
...England. From what I read in the document the “push” (what compelled people to leave England and head to America) was poverty, misery, and lack of resources. Those who boarded on those ships were looking for a better life (the “push”).
During the passage, immigrants-to-be experienced hunger, thirst, fear and a great percentage of them also experienced homesickness. Those people probably were not aware of the difficulties that they were going to face on the way to the New World and some of them even regretted leaving home.
When arriving in Philadelphia, those who had the money to pay for their freight were let off first. The next ones to be let off of the ship were the ones who were healthy and, consequently, had more chances of getting purchased (redeemptioners). The sick ones were left in the ship until they recovered or died.
Those who were purchased had to work for their “owners” from 3 to 7 years depending on age and health. On many occasions, families were sold to different purchasers and they were not able to see each other for years or even for the rest of their lives.
In this document, the author let us realize that the decision to come to America was not always worthwhile. The distress immigrants had to experience during the journey and also the type of life they would have in America was definitely not what they were expecting at all.
2. Hugh Boutler Recounts the Discontent in Ireland that...
...My own immigrantexperience
I was born in Peru in 1991 in the capital city, Lima. For the first few years of my life, I lived and grew there. At the age of six, my parents decided to move to Canada. The situation in the country was bad back then and my parents decided that it would be better for all of us to move to Montreal. When we came here, we settled on an apartment in NDG. I entered kindergarten and my parents found a job. The main issue was for my parents the cultural integration that they had to go through (and I’m not referring only to the cold). The language and the way of life were very different from what they expected. But the aspect of my own immigrantexperience would come obvious later on in my life.
My parents didn‘t settle in a neighborhood where the Latino community was. And the friends they made were from different backgrounds, but not necessarily of Latino origin.
The school I went to was an International school and had students from everywhere in the world but very few Latinos as well. So I was never really in touch with my community. But I never thought it was a problem while growing up. I had my friends and never thought about it. But growing up later I realized that maybe my situation would be confusing for me. After high school finished, I ended in a weird situation. I went to a French College but didn‘t feel in my place there. So I decided to move to Vanier...
Mr. H. K. Park
17 March, 2015
Summary of “The ImmigrantExperience”
“The ImmigrantExperience”, also titled “The Anguish of becoming American” is a
collective book, consisting of nine thoughtprovoking biographical stories. It gives us a clear
view on how hard it was for people to overcome racial and ethnic problems to get to where we
are today. It is not hard to believe that much of the efforts behind building this country came
from the early immigrants that brought about a population movement.
Thomas Wheeler brilliantly collects experiences from those early immigrants and
presents us with their social and economic origins. The stories are based on different contributors
but all convey the same message of the hardship conquered by early migrants to the USA. In his
thesis statement, Wheeler says “The immigrant nature of American life creating a rootless
people, explains much about the menace of materialism, the onslaught of the ugly, the victories
of the machine in America today” (9). Here he ends his thesis based on the fact that American’s
lack culture and a traditional life. However, we can not really predict his main point of view.
The stories in the book are more like essays written by nine thoughtful authors from ...
...'How has your study of Attitudes and Experiences as well as 2 related texts helped you to better understand the Area of Study, 'Changing Lives?'
The Area of Study ‘Changing Lives’ has developed and enhanced my understanding as it shows that Change can bring about important lessons related to overcoming challenges and obstacles, the importance of maintaining will and determination through drastic changes and that a negative change can being about a positive outcome. This was shown through the use of plot, language and film techniques, characters, and context. This is evident in the set text Attitudes and Experiences edited by Deb McPherson the short stories ‘Topic of Cancer’ and ‘Fatal Storm’ as well as supplementary texts 'Guy Sebastian's life changing journey' and the ABC TV series 'Sea Change' are the best to demonstrate the devices and my understanding.
In Attitudes and Experiences, Samantha Miles in 'Topic of Cancer' is a personal recount revealing the drastic change that have occurred to a young girl due to Leukaemia. The young girl Samantha went from being in her second year in university to being diagnosed with Leukaemia and getting told that “I was given three weeks to live.” However after this severe incident things just unexpectedly changed Samantha went from becoming the sickest person around to miraculously recovering from Leukaemia, and from then on become a 'modern...