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Color of skin
May 23, 2012, 7:42 pm
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The reason I choose this picture is because it has a lot to do with the article that I read by Tanya Golash- Boza, she argued that a lot of times Latino immigrants felt discouraged to assimilate because they were still being judged by the color of their skin. This young man is saying just that by holding up this poster, and I think it is really sad that he has to go through being sterotyped at such a young age. Some people might not agree but I think that there is nothing wrong with people wanting to be “American”, these “white” people should be flattered instead of upset.

May 23, 2012, 7:04 pm
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Assimilation will forever be a
part of an immigrants experience and there is no way around it. Scott J. South,
Kyle Crowder, and Erick Chavez and Tanya Golash-Boza both had similar ideas in
their article that all basically narrowed down to being able to adapt to your
surroundings so that you could be able to fit into mainstream America. We also
learned that during the processes one of the most important things to do is to
learn English. Once one learns English a lot of opportunities will open up that
will lead them to achieve the American Dream. We learned that assimilation is a
hard process because growing up raised believing one thing and then growing up
and moving to have to change those things you learned when you were younger isn’t
easy. That is why both articles say that a lot of times people give up on
assimilation and settle in some place where they don’t have to, and live their
lives in a little bubble.

Both Julia
Alvarez and Richard Rodriquez had to learn this the hard way coming from a
family where the household language was Spanish and growing up wasn’t easy for
them. Both their parents wanted the best for them here in the United States and
we saw that in Richard Rodriquez autobiography when he told us that his parents
chose to move to a neighborhood surrounded by “gringos” instead of going to the
other side of town which was full of Latinos. They even tried to speak English
knowing that they might have not been saying the things the right way but were
getting the point across. With Julia Alvarez’s narrative it wasn’t really their
choice to come to the United States but they did and their parents tried to
make the best of it, especially their mother when talking to them in English
and trying to make the best of any and every situation they were in. In
conclusion we can see that as long as you are in it all the way, there is
nothing that can stop you from becoming an American.

IE for my 2nd article
May 23, 2012, 6:03 pm
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Fluency in English ostensibly enables Latinos to take full advantage of the amenities
and resources that are available in predominantly Anglo neighborhoods and may
also reduce discriminatory barriers to their entry into such communities.
Conversely, a limited ability to speak the language of the dominant group
likely relegates members of an ethnic minority to the residential enclave composed
of co-ethnics, where everyday exchanges can be carried out in their native
tongue. Accordingly, we hypothesized that English-language proficiency is
positively associated with the proportion of the population that is Anglo in
Latino movers’ neighborhood of destination (499).


In this article they explain to us why it is important for immigrants to learn
English. They mention that “fluency in English ostensibly enables Latinos to
take full advantage of the amenities and resources”, this is true because a lot
of the hospitals and government agencies mostly offer services in English
although they now have translators because of the high demand of them. With my
experience working for the court system it is a lot harder to get things done
when you don’t speak English. The process that can take about 5 minutes to an
English speaking person takes a non-English speaking person 3 times longer
because a lot of times there isn’t a translator around. Scott J. South, Kyle
Crowder, and Erick Chavez also say that because a lot of times because these
immigrants do not speak the language they incline to move to a neighborhood
where they can live around other people from their ethnic background and so
that they don’t have to struggle to do their everyday routine. Overall they
believe that at the end of the day if Latinos move where the dominant language
is English they’ll be able to learn the language quicker. I think that this is
true because they are forced to learn the language and even with their children
it would be a positive experience when they go to school because they can learn
the language.

May 21, 2012, 4:44 pm
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Assimilation to the U.S. mainstream has been something that every immigrant has had to go through at one point in their lives, and there are still some people that go through this even after years of coming to the United States. Every immigrant that comes here has many ideas of what they think the American dream is.  Some  people said that the American Dream was working your way up from the bottom and at the top there is a house and family and others said that it starts from not having anything, working hard and later on achieving what you want. Well my idea of the American Dream is sort of like theirs but I think it’s more than that, for many immigrants in my opinion and from what I have seen come here with nothing and being nobody (undocumented) in this country. Their dream is to be an “American” meaning being a somebody in this country (documented), and later on acquiring the rest, house, family, and just moving forward from their past.

In the process of achieving the American Dream an immigrant specifically Latino immigrants also needs to find a way to assimilate well enough to fit in to the U.S. mainstream. Having a house and being able to provide for your family is a great way to begin the process but then you have to make sure you learn the language and the culture in which you live in. This might be hard for any Latino immigrant to accomplish because having to put aside their language and customs to learn a new one is difficult. For some of the older Latino immigrants’ assimilation might be very difficult because it is not as simple to learn something new especially a new language let alone the culture since they have been use to one thing for so long. Younger immigrants especially those that are here at a young age won’t have so much difficulty because they are still young enough to mold. In this article I will demonstrate the struggles that Latino immigrants encounter when learning how to assimilate into the U.S. Mainstream.

Ignorance on Facebook
May 17, 2012, 2:49 am
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I am really sad to say that is was said by one of my friends on Facebook. This is what you call judging a book by its cover and just being stereotypical. First of how does he even know that this person is an “immigrant” it could have well been a Hispanic American person that he was talking about but he used the way the woman looked to judge her and assume otherwise. Second of all I don’t think that immigrants here get a “free ride”, I’ve never heard of an “immigrant” coming to the United States and not working and getting anything they want. Granted they might get health insurance for their children and an education for them but that’s nothing compared to what they have to through here in the U.S., they work for less than minimum wage, no health insurance or benefits, and they have to send some of the little money they make to their family in their country. Lastly he might thing that he’s doing something to lessen the amount of immigrants in the United States by saying they should get a visa and get a job within 30 days or else they’d get deported not knowing that it is the best thing that can happen to them because any job is better than no job and they won’t mind getting a little dirty to earn some money.

“Hunger of Memory: Aria” (a PIE minus the P)
May 17, 2012, 2:06 am
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Matching the silence I started hearing in public was a new quiet at home. The family’s quiet was partly due to the fact that, as we children learned more and more English, we shared fewer and fewer words with our parents. Sentences needed to be spoken slowly when a child addressed his mother or father. (Often the parent wouldn’t understand.) The child would need to repeat himself. (Still the parent misunderstood.) The young voice, frustrated would end up saying, ‘never mind’—the subject was closed (1582).

This is one of the cons from the discussion we had in class. Students said that because of assimilation and learning a new language, things would get out of hand between children and parents, and no longer will parents we respected. In Tanya Golash-Boza article she mentions that “[she] would suggest that this is an exaggeration and that some Latinos/as can and do become (or remain) white in the United States”, and by what is going on with Richard and his family I agree with her 100%. It took Richard a long time to realize that yes he was of Mexican descent but he is an American citizen. He might off the bat felt like he was white in the United States but when he started getting older he started to embrace it. For him becoming “American” meant that no longer was the outside world something alien to him and he no longer felt like being home was a safe haven for him, he actually now felt like home was not what it used to be after he embraced his American side. I think that becoming “American” to some might mean changing who they are completely and not a lot of people understand that you can assimilate into the U.S. mainstream without giving up their upbringing, and like Tanya Golash-Boza states a lot of times even though you assimilate to the best of your ability you’ll still be seen as a foreigner by the “white American” society. It might make some re-evaluate what matters most to some people, and come up with a plan to exercise both cultures and ideologies.

Cover Letter
May 10, 2012, 8:42 pm
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I really enjoyed English 255 with Professor Alvarez. In this class I was able to learn things in regards to writing papers that I didn’t know before like the way to write the heading for a paper how it’s date, month, and year and also the hyphenated title for a paper. I have been in college for about 4 plus years almost a college grad and it is crazy how I never learned that before. I appreciate learning about how to write a PIE paragraph, I have been able to use this technique in other classes and I find it easier to write a paper.

One thing that I didn’t like about this class was that the professor spent too much time explaining things to people about how to fix their blog or something that had to do with an assignment when it could have been done after class on one on one basis. I think it took away a lot of time from class readings and discussions because of that and we missed out on readings.

Other than that I really enjoyed this class a lot and the readings were VERY interesting and fun. I like the professors’ use of QWriting because it made things interesting and it gave us creative writing time, it was a great way to express our thoughts and feelings towards certain things. It is really great to be taught by a professor that is into what they are doing and Professor Alvarez is one of those professors. I took a lot away from this class and I am glad I took it.

From China to Queens College
May 10, 2012, 7:22 pm
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In this post I want to talk about an experience I had recently with someone who is an immigrant in this country. There is a guy in my math class name Han who came fromChinarecently because he wanted to become a teacher. He told me that he had finished school inChinaand that he played basketball but decided to come here for a better future. He proceeded to tell me that he never thought it would be so difficult to learn English and that he was having such a hard time because inChinahe never felt the need to learn English since he wasn’t going anywhere. That day in class we were doing presentations and he was so nervous because 1. he had never done a presentation before and 2. his English wasn’t so good and he wanted me to help him go over what he had written to make sure it was ok. I couldn’t help but to feel bad for him, being in school for him is 3 times harder then it is for someone who is fluent in English. As I was sitting there correcting his speech I would glance up and see that he had to use his translator a lot to see how to say some words. Listening to him talk about how well he was doing in school in China and how it was here was a little heart breaking but inspiring because he is thriving to be able to one day go back to China and teach English to students so they can be more prepared then he was.

“They dont be Americans”
May 9, 2012, 9:25 pm
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Haha this is hilarious, in this picture we see a hard working “illegal” person and four guys talking bad about him. This has a lot to do with the way that American people see immigrants when they try to assimilate; here we have the first guy saying that the problem with illegals is that they “don’t be Americans” and to me it’s like he is saying that at the end of the day as much as an immigrant tries to assimilate they won’t be seen as Americans or ever will be. When looking at this we see what it is that an “American” person believes make any person American, these factors being the way they look, the way they speak, and their education. It is easier for an immigrant to change the way they speak then the way they look so I think their appearance will always be the reason why assimilation will be so difficult.

May 9, 2012, 8:43 pm
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Need I say more about this picture? I think that every immigrant must feel like this guy, he says that feels like he belongs in a group with no specific enemies. This pretty much speaks for a lot of the immigrants in the United States because they are put in the “group” of immigrant or illegal immigrant but since there are so many people that think this they can just pin point one specific person. Moreover what the little cartoon guy says it’s true, there are a lot of ignorant people out there that will judge somebody based on their appearance. This kind of thing reminds me of the SB 1070 law in Arizona because now police have the right to stop anybody who they perceive to be an illegal immigrant based on their appearance and ask them for proof of citizenship or residency to the country.

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