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Yip 1 Stacey Yip LTEN 28: Section A02 Andrea Dominguez 29 April 2011 The Paradox of Assimilation America, the land of the free, is known to be the melting pot of the world. People immigrate to America from all countries of the globe in search of equal opportunity and freedom for all. If America was a perfect nation, all these different people from different cultures would get along. Of course, America is not the perfect nation, and with the addition of different people and different cultures, mixing together is not possible and racism becomes inevitable. Embedded in America’s history dating back to her birth, racism has been clearly evident in America’s narrative. Many argue that this racism is institutionalized and call it “structural racism,” meaning that certain ethnic groups are subject to “special” laws that deny them basic rights of civil liberties and citizenship. Structural racism can take form in a number of ways. In Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart and John Okada’s No-No Boy , both novels demonstrate the structural racism imposed on the Filipino and Japanese communities through the paradox of assimilation in America. This paradox is illustrated by the ethnic communities of the Filipino labor camps and the Japanese-American army, both of which create an institutionalized racism towards Filipinos and Japanese. While one ethnic community is more explicit in institutionalized racism than the other, both communities serve their purpose in the novels to show the complexities in the way Asians attempt to assimilate into American society. The ethnic community of the Filipino labor camps in Bulosan’s America is in the Heart demonstrates the structural racism that is formed. After immigrating to America, Allos explores
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Yip 2 his way around the states, finding a job in Alaska and then getting sent back to Seattle. After misfortune at a taxi dance hall, Allos hops into a truck that promises work in the hopes of starting a new life in America. He ends up in Moxee City and learns that things are not as free as it seems: “But we were drawn together because the white people of Yakima Valley were suspicious of us…there was ruthless persecution of the Filipinos throughout the Pacific coast, instigated by orchardists who feared the unity of white and Filipino workers” (Bulosan 107). In this labor camp, Allos gets his first taste of the structural racism that is embedded within the ethnic community. Allos mistakenly believes that this new job of his is his fresh start at a new,
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course LTEN 28 taught by Professor Blanco during the Spring '11 term at UCSD.

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