NOVA Immigration

The 3 articles for this week dissect the lives and assimilation practices of Honduran, Asian Indian, and Ethiopian immigrants in the DMV area.

Through conducting a 3 month-study involving 20 families, Petrozziello’s “Feminised financial flows How gender affects the remittance in Honduran Transnational families” analyzes the remittances from immigrant people back to their families at home in the Alexandria area. The study found 6 dimensions to the “sending and spending of family remittances: gendered motives for migration, reproductive flavor, inequalities in the US labor market, power negotiates over the use of remittances, empowerment and new forms of dependency” (54). Through identifying these entities Petriozzeilo argues that the transferring and spending of currency, items, and ideas are inherently gendered. In order to better understand the global trends of development, policy-makers need to seriously consider gender.

“Hybrid sensibilities: highly skilled Asian Indians negotiating identity in private and public spaces of Washington, DC,” by Elizabeth Chacko, analyzes the cultural confrontations and identity-making of upwardly mobile and highly educated first-generation Asian Indians. The paper is built on the interviews of 30 Asian Indian first-generation immigrants. It became clear that the people within the study conducted themselves differently in public and private spaces. The private space allowed Asian Indian immigrants to be able to upkeep their traditional Indian identifications, passed down by parents and generations before them in India. However, the public space was more complicated. The interviewees adopted American ideals of freedom and expression, while their economic status blocked them from “othering.” In addition, when the public space is thoroughly inspected, it becomes clear that wealth does not prevent people from microaggressive tendencies.

Elizabeth Chacko’s Identity and Assimilation Among young Ethiopian Immigrants in Metropolitan Washington analyzes the Americanization and the creation of an identity that 1.5 (people who came to this country under the age of 12) and second-generation immigrants from Ethiopia had to come to term with. With Washington D.C. becoming. a premier destination of African immigrants after the 1965 Immigration Act, many Ethiopian 1.5 and second-generation immigrants have had to wrestle with their “African-ness” being encased in their American Blackness. While America’s racial hierarchy does not allow room for different types of Black people, all of those tested in the study all had great pride in their Ethiopian heritage.

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