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Spain | 1Annaleah Spain (880751)Prof. Farrell SOC 1101-100 Egyptian AmericansEthnicity, as defined by Dictionary.com is, a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like (Dictionary.com 2016).1Egypt is a country situated in northeast Africa. Egypt is bordered by Israel, the Red Sea, Sudan, Libya, and the Mediterranean (Mikhail 2016).2They have different family and religious practices than the United States. The way in which their economy, government, and education is mandated also differs greatly from the United States. The family life, religion, economy, government, and education of Egyptians Americans before they migrated to America will be examined. Also, they assimilation process that they had to endure will be discussed. Finally, the contributions to our society that they have made will be evaluated. Egyptian Americans are among the more recent groups to have immigrated to the United States. Unlike other peoples of Arab descent who settled in the Americas in large numbers as early as the mid-nineteenth century, the Egyptians, regarded as one of the most sedentary ethnic groups, began to emigrate in significant numbers only during the latter part of the twentieth century. While the majority left for economic or educational reasons, many Copts, Jews, and conservative Muslims emigrated because they were concerned about the political developments in Egypt. Still, thousands of others left after Egypt's 1967 defeat in the Arab-Israeli War; approximately 15,000 Egyptians immigrated to the United States from 1967 to 1977 (Mikhail 1"The Definition of Ethnicity." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.2Mikhail, Mona. "Egyptian Americans." Egyptian Americans. Countries and Their Cultures, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.
Spain | 22016). 3The majority of the first Egyptian immigrants to the United States comprised educated professionals and skilled workers. Their immigration was eased by the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which welcomed certain professionals, especially scientists (Chin 1996).4From the sociological perspectives, a conflict theorist would emphasize that in Egyptian societies were greatly stratified, and so professionals like scientists wanted to utilize their profession and immigrated somewhere that was experiencing an economic and scientific boom. In a time where there was political uncertainty, the best option was immigration, according to a conflict theorist. The nuclear family was the core of Egyptian society and many of the gods were even arranged into such groupings. There was tremendous pride in one's family, and lineage was traced through both the mother's and father's lines. Respect for one's parents was a cornerstone ofmorality, and the most fundamental duty of the eldest son (or occasionally daughter) was to care for his parents in their last days and to ensure that they received a proper burial. Countless genealogical lists indicate how important family ties were, yet Egyptian kinship terms lacked specific words to identify blood relatives beyond the nuclear family. For example, the term