People from around the world immigrate to the United States in hopes of finding the Promised Land. Some may define the promise land, as a land of freedom, a land of abundance, a land of peace, or a land of education. Most define it as a land of opportunity for a better life. America is a land full of culture and diversity, although it is notoriously difficult to characterize “American” culture. Is it possible to move to a land such as America, full of culture and diversity, and yet preserve your own traditions and cultural identity? Some believe this to be very difficult to do, due to materialism, beliefs and language barriers. The counter argument would be that Americans are open to new cultural experiences, are welcome to newcomers, and are willing to help give support. I believe that it would be difficult to move to America, try to find your place in materialistic culture while preserving your own culture and beliefs while learning a new language. There is a culture in this country whether spoken or unspoken. It is clearly visible in everything we say, do, or think. In the United States, we expect to compete in every aspect of our lives, a daily reminder of our status, the ladder of our success. Americans are materialistic. We want to own the newest iPhone, to wear the newest fashion, to drive the newest and most expensive cars, and to have a big house with a pool. We celebrate holidays and forget the true meaning of the day we are celebrating. Our traditions can easily include consuming goods that are unneeded or even unwanted. A few years ago my friend fell into great debt during the Christmas season because she and her family made too many purchases that exceed their income, only because they wanted to please others. I can see how this kind of behavior would be confusing or shocking to someone with traditions that have little to do with material items or status. In addition to many of our traditions being different, some of our religious...
Culture, a building block of society, and the individual spirit throughout the world. Individuals Culture and Heritage were as a whole on the frontlines for many African Americans during the twentieth century for it was an under appreciated topic due to racism. In the stories Passing and Everyday Use, the main theme revolved around the loss of culture due to their color of skin. One of the Characters from Everyday Use such as Dee and Irene or Clare from Passing, felt unappreciated and that they were lesser individuals all based upon the color of there skin due to all the rights and mistreatments that hampered the African American Population. The two stories can be used closely to explain the topic of race and inequality, even though both stories have very diverse plots. Regardless, Clare and Irene’s passing back and forth from black to white can be correlated to Dee and her conversion to the Islamic faith. In the two stories, the theme of a lacking culture plays a huge role in establishing the feeling of uneasiness and hardships that as a society the African Americans of the mid 1900’s felt.
The Resistance to ones culture can be seen most accurately by Clare in the Passing by her uppe, white lifestyle. Pamela Caughie, best describes this appearance in the story by saying “Clare, by ‘passing,’ seems to have forsaken her racial heritage and acts as if she has no racial past”(Caughie 4). Clare is the atypical selfish...
...acknowledge my existence? The United States as a nation does not value me, and México does not even know that I exist. These are difficult matters to discuss. We are all in search of our own identity. However, some of us are placed in a situation that makes it very difficult and confusing to know or understand. I have always asked myself, “Who am I?” I should put it in more crude words, “Where do I belong?” After this specific question is asked, I begin to realize that I have problems coming up with a response. My parents were born in México, and thus, they are Mexican. Sometimes I feel I belong here in the United States, but other times I feel more attached to México. I am a Mexican-American. However, I feel that I am denying in some way my heritage and my culture by saying that I am. I am denying my parents. I say that I’m Mexican because in a sense I am. I am also an American. I am a Mexican-American. What do these terms put together imply? They should imply that the person is Mexican and American. The term “Mexican-American” is the very reason why I find myself confused about who I really am. I need to search for my own identity, which leads me to the purpose of this essay. Rodriguez and Paz have discussed this particular problem of identity. All three have different viewpoints. Some of their ideas are similar but mostly contradictory, especially in the case of...
February 16, 2012
Back in the day, few wondered about their ancestors. The majority of people thought they knew all about their ancestor’s history. Who they we’re, their nationality, and their native language. But today in society many are shocked to find out that their ancestor history or past isn’t true at all because of DNA genealogy. If you thought that your ancestors we’re Puerto Rican and they actually turned out to be Mexican. Would you freak out? Would you have to change your ways? Would you change your traditions?
A genealogical DNA test examines the nucleotides in specific locations on a person's DNA to find out where a person’s ancestor comes from. The test results are not meant to have any medical information and the test results do not determine genetic diseases or disorders. They are only intended to give genealogical information. To take a genealogical DNA test all you have to do is a painless cheek-scrapping at your home and mail the sample to a genetic genealogy laboratory for testing. There are a few types a test you can use, but the most popular tests are the Y chromosome test and the mitochondrial DNA test. These tests can determine where your ancestors originated from.
I disagree, just because a test tells you where you came from doesn’t mean you have to change anything about yourself....
Through three various texts: ‘America’ by Claude MaKay, ‘Identity: How I Define Mine’ by Althea Samuels, and ‘Cultural Baggage’ by Barbara Ehrenriech it is presented that one can have very different experiences when trying to identify themselves and their heritage. In these texts it is shown that society can be very judgemental of immigrated cultures and should be more accepting so that one can feel a sense of belonging, and should also discourage forward racism, whilst giving people the choice of deciding one’s own identity. In order to live harmoniously and avoid conflict because of cultural differences, one should be allowed to determine their own identity and culture, while living by their own values.
In the poem, ‘America’ written by Claude MaKay the speaker is letting the reader know of his hardships of immigrating to a new country and experiencing cultural oppression because of society being very unaccepting of his differences. The situations that present him with oppression also force him to feel an unbelonging in his new environment. The speaker feels that “Although [America] feeds [him]”, it is a bittersweet experience because of all the challenges towards his identity from its society (MaKay) 1. This leads him to be very unknowing to what’s in his future and despite his hardships if he will be allowed to live by his own values and choose...
Finding YourIdentity |
Course: ENG 2000Instructor: Dr. Mark Tjarks |
In this unit I have seen a variety of different types of stereotypes taken forth, although the discussion that caught my eyes is the story “Raisin in the Sun.” This represents the characters identity also a group of members in stereotype. In characters we have Walter Lee Younger, who is the man that always wanted dreams of making money, and Lena Younger (Mama) who always wanted to have a house. Then there is Beneatha Younger who wants to go to college to become a doctor, George Murchison who is a rich boy going to college and Ruth Younger who is the wife of Walter Lee Younger and she is just trying to get by in life and be a strong woman. These main characters sum up this story by showing how in a religion way there is many paths taken forth between characters but there is always light that makes these people keep going forward in life a. I think that’s what Raisin in the Sun means that when you are raised in the shadows of struggle there will always be a light ahead in the end. Although there is a variety of groups that put these characters in their places.
In the Younger family they were capable of living, but life was always a struggle to them. Rather than George Murchison who has very rich black parents and always saw life differently than through the Younger family. As you can see George had an interest in...
...Maintaining an Identity or Losing Freedom
Many of the problems people originally face stem from the failure to get and maintain a clear identity. Women have continued to struggle with this as they live their daily lives. Culture absolutely plays a huge role in the term feminism. Societies think that Islamic women are more disadvantaged than women who are from North America when really North American women are, if not, more oppressed.
Barbara Kay brings up the term family feminism as it is now becoming widespread among the North American culture. Women are currently striving for successful careers in both the workforce and motherhood, but the discouragement of finding themselves within a patriarchal society is what they are struggling with. The average female salary is only 81 % of the average male salary despite the position of which they may have. Women are generally secondary to men within the higher-paying jobs, but negatively glorified in the lower-paying ones. Islamic women embrace their responsibilities as caregivers and mothers. Not to say that North American women are failing at their jobs of being a mother, but their focus to supersede the opposing gender could sometimes be distracting. When their efforts fail, the thought of upholding a sole identity and creating freedom for themselves are lost.
A Pashtun proverb claims “women belong in the house or the grave.” Although this may seem completely...
...Fashion Reveals Your True Identity
A very good morning to our honourable judges, worthy competitors, teachers and friends. I am standing here today to deliver a speech entitled ‘Fashion Reveals Your True Identity’. Before I begin, let me ask you - what is fashion all about? Stella Blum mentioned, “Fashion is a social agreement,” but Edmund C. Stedman said, “Fashion is potency in art.” To me regardless what you wear, it is called fashion.
Fashion is a general term for a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, foot wear, or accessories. "Fashion" refers to current trends in look and dress up of a person, as well as to prevailing styles in behavior. The more technical term, "costume," has become so linked in the public eye with the term "fashion" that the more general term "costume" has in popular use mostly been relegated to special senses like fancy dress or masquerade wear, while the term "fashion" means clothing generally, and the study of it. For a broad cross-cultural look at clothing and its place in society, refer to the entries for clothing, costume, and fabrics.
Malaysia is a land of diverse ethnicity and culture. As such, there are many traditional wears that are donned by Malaysians. People might still think that Malaysian fashion means wearing delicate baju kurung, baju melayu, sari and cheongsam. Unfortunately, this 1Malaysia concept creates unique flashes of ideas. That is what’s so...
...Identity refers to the construction of individual and society's characteristics by which we are symbolized and recognised as to who we are. In this assignment I intend to explore the meaning of identity. In considering the link between personal and social, I will examine the process of identity formation, and discuss the extent in which we are able to control and shape our own identities.
The definition of identity has been contested by many social scientists, as it has many influences, which has to be considered, such as, gender, social class, nationality, physical appearances, religious and ethnicity. Initially, we acquire some aspects of identity through official documents, such as birth certificate, where in order to exit, a birth must be registered and categorized by name and gender, which can never be legally changed and influence our entire identity formation, as to the expected manner within feminine and masculine characteristics (Woodward, 2004, p.44). For instance, Madan Sarup uses passports from different stages of his life to convey some aspects of his identity. All three passports reveal his name, gender and categorized him as to what nation he belongs to, which suggests continuity in his identity. Furthermore, the passports also reveal his physical appearance, which changes with age. The question 'which is the real you?' by Sarup's...