Halloween Blog post

In “Identity and Assimilation Among Young Ethiopian Immigrants in Metropolitan Washington” by Elizabeth Chacko focuses on the immigration of Ethiopian people as well as their cultural identity while living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The main aspect that Chacko how younger Ethiopian immigrants express their self-determination as that’s a key aspect of their cultural identity through the socioeconomic status, communities that they live in, and religion that they subscribe to. However, many younger Ethiopian migrants struggle with holding onto their ethnic identity while at the same time, wanting to fit into American society. A huge reason because of that is because of anti blackness in Western society, so much so that it treats black identity as a monolith. And so, when white people especially see Ethiopian people, they don’t see them as Ethiopian, or even as people. But rather, more “negros”, stripping away their cultural identity from the Ethiopian migrants through societal branding.

“Hybrid sensibilities: highly skilled Asian Indians
negotiating identity in private and public spaces of
Washington, DC” by Elizabeth Chacko analyzes the expression of identities of first-generation immigrants from India in private and public spaces. While many first-generation immigrants are of a higher socioeconomic status, they’re still subjected to racism and being treated as lesser than by western American society, making them feel casted out in being able to participate culturally in public spaces.

In Feminised Financial Flows: How Gender Affects Remittances in Honduran-US Transnational Families by Allison Petrozziello, she analyzes the Honduran immigrants that live in Alexandria, Virginia as well as their family members in Nacaome, Valle, Honduras. Petrozziello also focuses the remittances that transferred to the families back in Honduras, as well as how remittances impacts other aspects of Immigration. The author also focuses on the aspect of gender and reasoning of migrating, as Honduran men often migrate in search of economic opportunity and to help be a “bread winner” for the Family. On the other hand, while women are looking for the same opportunity, there’s also the factor of gender inequality that they may face in their native country.

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