Final exam - Asian American 5 Final Exam Essay Aryum Jeon TA Connie Tran Section Fri 11-12pm Essay Question#1 Assimilation of The Second Generation

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Essay Question #1 Assimilation of The Second Generation Requires To Overcome Certain Inevitable Difficulties Assimilation is the process by which characteristics of members of immigrant groups need to attain in order to successfully settle into the host society. Most immigrants seek for this new land in the hopes of better lives. Often, this immigrant group integration does not cease with immigrant generation, rather continues through the second generation and beyond. For this reason, the term “assimilation” is a key factor which is crucially related to their survival in their dream land. In the books of Amy Tan’s “Rules of the Game,” Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Tenant,” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The NameSake,” authors share similar conflicts across the three texts in the course of their assimilation into the Unites States of America. They seem to share in discussing their themes that show minimal involvement of racial problems, rather generational difference, rejection of their own tradition and family, psychological growth within ethnic issue. Generational difference between parents and their children is the first initiation factor for their generational conflicts in the course of assimilation. In all three texts, the main characters are the second generations within the first generation family. According to professor Pandya’s analogy about post immigrant subjectivity, the second generations have no memory of immigration. This example can be readily seen in the passage from The Namesake , “…his father says when it is their turn, producing two U.S. passports and two Indian ones. 1 ” This scene does not only show their different nationality but it also represent where they belong. In addition, inability to speak fluent English by the first generations led the miscommunications with their children. Besides the fact that this inability results from 1 Pg 80, Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
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their non-native status, first generation’s willing to return to their native country can be another crucial factor. Thus in the novel, the first generation only socialize with their own ethnic group. This eventually stirs up the generational conflict between them. The result of assimilation is the rejection of their parents’ ethnic culture. Due to the fact that the second generations of these books are accustomed to American way of lives, they tend to pursue American life excluding their parents’ culture. In all three texts, this can be seen through the lives of these main characters. In the book of Amy Tan, “Rules of the Game,” the main character, Waverly Jong, shows no interest in her mother’s tradition. She
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This note was uploaded on 10/15/2010 for the course AS AM as am 5 taught by Professor Pandyasp during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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Final exam - Asian American 5 Final Exam Essay Aryum Jeon TA Connie Tran Section Fri 11-12pm Essay Question#1 Assimilation of The Second Generation

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