Week 11

Identity and Assimilation among Young Ethiopian Immigrants was all about Ethiopian immigrants moving to America and trying to decide to keep their culture or assimilate. I find it really interesting to talk about cultural assimilation because I think that often times this goes unnoticed. These young Ethiopian immigrants discussed how second generation immigrants often times are lost to assimilation and loose their ability to speak their native language. When it comes to school aged children, the school system plays a large role in assimilation because these children are being exposed to at the least a new culture and language. Assimilation brings new values or thoughts to personal identity for Ethiopian immigrants as they try to navigate a new place, culture, language, and possibly a new identity.

Hybrid Sensibilities focuses more on first generation Asian Indian immigrants and their success in Washington D.C. I think it is interesting to read about the treatment after the 9/11 attack and how some immigrants are still facing these false assumptions. This article points to the fact that many of these first generation immigrants are highly educated, speak clear English, and still continue with some cultural traditions. These are examples of assimilation but sometimes seen as half assimilation because they have “Americanized” some of their life but not all of it.

The last article Feminised Financial Flows talks about the reasonings behind sending your family money as an immigrant. Men often times migrate to find better job opportunities as a way to provide for their family whereas women often times leave as a result of the inequalities they are facing in their native countries. The labour market for U.S. immigrants is a factor at play; women are more likely to send money back to families even thought they usually are earning less. For women, many who migrate for work feel a sense of independence and success because they are making their own money and providing for themselves although they are dependent of male employers so it can get a little complex.

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