{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

The elusive Ideal - 1 English 226 Fourth Position Paper The...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1 English 226 Fourth Position Paper The Elusive Immigrant Ideal Tales of immigrants to the United States reveal that though they got the economic empowerment they came to seek for, they ended up grappling with race relations in the new territory. Commentary in this matter indicates that though United States boasts a lot of immigrants from nationalities all over the world their integration into one has proved challenging. Each nationality has brought with it its unique culture. Descendants of British colonists have taken a leading role by fomenting a strong culture that is contrasted to those of the other races while the other races have reconstructed the cultures of their mother states. The authors, Okada and Bourne agree that the United States craves the unity of all races in the midst of this diversity in order to face national challenges. The new nationality consciousness seen through the devotion of immigrants in serving the nation must be advanced in order to attain a wholesome American state. The dream of wealth soon wanes after immigrants settle and face the day to day realities of the nation and in its place comes the quest for Americanization. This results in the immigrants making the country their new home unconditionally. Bourne argues that Americanization “lies neither in motive for coming nor in strength of cultural allegiance to the homeland” (Bourne 1642). The case of Kenji’s father is proof of such transformation. Kenji’s father moved to America in pursuit of economic gains but later changed attitude. He tells Kenji that "I came to America to become a rich man” (Okada 2184). However, the father got entrenched into the American system and though not successful in getting wealth immediately, strove to make a living and raise a family. The Americanization of Kenji’s father happened via the perspective described by Bourne that “immigrants ought to be allowed to Americanize according to their
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
2 own cultures” (Bourne 1639). Immigrants continue to nurture their cultures, resulting in a cosmopolitan coexistence in the nation. In the process of assimilation into American citizens, immigrants endeavor to identify with the cultures of their original countries. This in effect created cocoons as each group existed under separate social mores. Bourne argues, “We discovered a paradoxical and reprehensible tendency for the nationalities clusters of immigrants to cultivate the cultural practices of their homelands” (Bourne 1637). The diversity witnessed
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern