NOVA Immigrants

This week, we read three articles about immigration in Northern Virginia. The first article, titled “Identity and Assimilation Among Young Ethiopian Immigrants in Metropolitan Washington,” this work talked about Ethiopian immigrants and their experiences assimilating into American life. Specifically, this work talks about second-generation immigrant children assimilating into American life and how their identity shifts and changes in comparison to their first-generation immigrant parents. The reason talking about their identity is important is because of the importance of identity in American society, and what their race, gender, ethnicity, etc. look like after growing up in America. These things are important to look at because, seeing as how new Ethiopian immigrants are as a group in immigrating to America, we are able to see how the short period of time in the United States has affected the culture of these immigrants and their children because of assimilation.

In “Hybrid sensibilities: highly skilled Asian Indians negotiating identity in private and public spaces of Washington, DC,” the authors talk about Indian Immigrants and their experiences assimilating into American society. It is important to talk about their experiences and how, after living in America and becoming highly skilled people in their professions, that many times, though they became “Americanized,” many Indian-American immigrants also kept their Indian identity intact. It is also interesting to see their view before coming to the United States and how they believed that because they would be high up on the social ladder, they would face no prejudice when landing in the United States.

Finally, in “Feminised financial flows: how gender affects remittances in Honduran–US transnational families” it focuses on the Honduran immigrant experience in Alexandria and looks at different things, such as “gendered motives for migration, reproductive labour across borders, gender inequalities in the US labour market, intricate intra-familial power negotiations, the empowerment of women and new forms of dependence” (pg 53). What this allows us to look at is why, how, and the ways in which Honduran immigrants live in America and what their experience might look like.

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