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

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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
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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 first through subscription to immigrant cultures might seem as a negative phenomenon but it can
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This note was uploaded on 08/14/2010 for the course ENGLISH 226 taught by Professor Melanie during the Spring '10 term at Santa Barbara City.

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