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B. Garcia 1Brianda GarciaJanuary 27, 2020Professor MumfordSPRK 001 03Reading and Response 11.Rodriguez, pgs. 1-2:According to the author Richard Rodriguez, immigrants are seen asunsettling because, “...well because they chatter incomprehensibly, and they get in everyone’sway” (Rodriguez 1). In this case, society is classifying immigrants as unusual burdens becausethey speak different languages that do not correlate with American English and they have to findways to keep up with American culture. Although immigrants are trying hard to assimilate toAmerican culture, many “Americans” might not appreciate that idea and think immigrants arejust in everyone’s way instead of bettering the country.Immigrants are also “romanticized” according to Rodriguez when he says, “...the UnitedStates will romanticize the immigrant, will begin to see the immigrant as the figure who teachesus most about what it means to be an American” (Rodriguez 2). In this case, Rodriguez mentionsthat society can also see immigrants as hardworking people who leave their countries in searchof the American dream. Immigrants can also be seen as the most hardworking factors in thecountry who work day in and day out to give their families a better life. This mentality can alsorelate to the idea of what truly makes an American, an American.The immigrant travels to “the very center of American mythology” to successfully tread apath to fulfill the “American dream”. Immigrants feel the need to assimilate to Americanideologies to feel somewhat accepted. Some of the myths regarding immigrants that I know isthat immigrants are terrorists, rapists, drug dealers, criminals, and steal American jobs. I do not
B. Garcia 2agree with these myths, I think individuals are responsible for their actions.America can be both a nation of immigrants and anti-immigrant because it was foundedby immigrants. America is also anti-immigrant because of stereotypical beliefs. The analogy of“I might marry your daughter” means that we are pro-immigrant to a point until it becomespersonal. Some people will accept immigrants living within the nation, but will not personallyaccept them into their families. What Rodriguez means by this is that people will acceptimmigrants to a certain point as long as they don’t intertwine with their personal lives andrelations.2. Rodriguez, pgs. 2-3:Rodriguez thinks that the word, Hispanic, is a made-up fictional wordthat was incoherently used to classify a group of people who were different from the rest. Societyhas made it so that anyone who speaks Spanish, is automatically considered Hispanic, whichdoesn’t classify a specific region, it generalizes different cultures to fit one mold. There aredifferent types of Spanish speakers who all have different cultures, and Hispanics do notcorrectly expand on these cultures, people, or regions.

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Fall
Professor
Anna Moncovich
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Native Americans in the United States, Han Chinese, Cultural assimilation, Richard Rodriguez

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