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Gurwinder Kaur Professor Agis GWS 14 In Search of Myself… In the August of 1999, a family boarded an airplane at the International Indira Gandhi airport in New Delhi. The family traveled across seas, across oceans, across rivers, across deserts, across mountains, and across foreign lands to claim the foreign land called the United States of America to call it their new home. And as soon as the family members set foot on the land of their new home, the perception and the sense of self-identity slid off their body and soul in the same manner as a snake that sloughs off its skin. Like the snake, it isn’t the family’s personal choice to shed off the only things that they can claim as their own in their new home. Rather, it is globalization. Rather, it is the new society. Rather, it is an established passage for all immigrants. Rather, it is necessary and inevitable. As an individual begins to immerse himself in a given macro culture, his own understanding and perception of self-identity is lost through the process of globalization. Many immigrants are forced to abandon their individualism as they are given the opportunity to travel abroad for work-related purposes. Although these individuals embrace the idea of traveling to different countries to improve their and their family’s economic status, what these women don’t realize is that they get treated unfairly and are expected to submit themselves wholly to their employers. In “Global Exchange,” Grace Chang cites an example from the movie “Brown Women, Blonde Babies” on the subject of how women working as nannies and housemaids in Canada did not travel to Canada “to be happy.” 1 Through this example, one can imagine how immigrant workers in a globalized economy no longer have the right to pursue 1 Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy . South End Press, 2000. 1
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happiness. The employers that control the global economy anticipate that the domestic workers dedicate their life to work and only to work. Such notions deprive women from having a sense of individuality. Amidst work, sleep, work, sleep, and then some more work; women are discouraged and compressed from having opinions and individualistic thoughts, which thus makes them vulnerable to exploitation. As is portrayed in “Maid in America,” immigrant laborers that have distanced themselves away from self-identification are susceptible to
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