Transcript of Blaxicans
Personal identity and "assimilation" In the essay, Rodriguez says "How much of an American shall I become today?" of assimilation. It is therefore how much a person adapts and conforms to the society in which they reside in (1144). People may not know how to define themselves if they are in a new environment with completely different cultures, religions, etc than what they are used to. The little girl calling herself a "Blaxican," which is a mixture of Black and Mexican races, is proof that people may find difficulties with personal identity that occurs with assimilation. Immigration to US statistics in 2003 and 2012: About the author: Richard Rodriguez is known for his works regarding race and diversity, and he himself is of Mexican heritage. He has won multiple awards, including the Peabody Award, National Humanities Medal, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. One of his well-known works on race/diversity is his autobiographical trilogy which includes"Hunger of Memory," "Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father," and "Brown: The Last Discovery of America." He frequently commentates for PBS and NPR. Summary of the essay: Rodriguez discusses the effects that immigration has on the United States, and he paints immigration in a negative light, claiming that immigrants "seem to be bent on undoing America" (1141). He also discusses race and its implications, along with how one chooses to define himself. Assimilating into the culture in which one immigrates too is also a large part of his discussion. He believes that America must change its vocabulary on race and widen its perceptions as there are now different races, and he believes "we are no longer a black-white nation." Allusion to President Richard Nixon In 1777, Nixon, along with the Off ice of Management and Budget, created standards for presentation of data on both race and the Hispanic origin that are still used today. The standards/selections that were created include white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Eskimo, and Hispanic. You may be asked to choose these on standardized tests or job applications. Such standards have granted criticism in today's society as our nation has more cultures and diversity today than it has in years past. A new set of standards could be created to adequately represent the growing diversity found in the US. Works Cited By: Taylor Jones,Megan Koebbe, Clayton Kesler, Matthew Jones ""Blaxicans" and Other Reinvented Americans" by Richard Rodriguez 2003: 705,827 2012: 1,062,040 America is considered a "melting pot" because of all the different cultures that are brought in with immigrants into the US. Different languages, cultures, religions, etc migrate with the people. Rodriguez discusses assimilation that goes along with immigration in the essay. Assimilation and Contrast. Digital image. Percepts and Concepts Laboratory. The National Science Foundation, Research on Learning and Education Program, n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2013. <http://cognitrn.psych.indiana.edu/rgoldsto/projects/assimilation.jpg>. Full transcript
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