Culture and Identity

Topics: Assimilation, Culture, Cultural assimilation Pages: 3 (1196 words) Published: February 20, 2011



Like everything in life, there is always a cause to something and with a cause come’s its effects. In the case of Gloria Anzaldua and Eric Liu we see that the cause of them having to assimilate is because they live in a dominant society to which their culture and identity do not meet the standards of the currents society. This causes them to have to assimilate so that they are able to fit in. In the case of Anzaldua we see that she has to change the way that she speaks because she has been brought up to think that the way she speaks with her accent is not right, she needs to assimilate her ways by changing the way she speaks to be able to fit in and gain a sense of higher respect. With Eric Liu we see that he assimilates because he wants to. He welcomes the change of having to fit into the dominant society, he actually longed for it. I agree with both authors that the cause for assimilating has to do with having to fit into a dominant culture. I believe this because as humans it is in our nature to adapt to different settings, especially if it has to do with survival needs.

To assimilate, according to Professor Lozada, is “to try to fit in” characteristics of those around you. Both Anzaldua and Liu go through a process of assimilation, they differentiate in the sense that Liu doesn’t mind having to change his ways, as were Anzaldua is against having to change the way she is to please the standards other people perceive to be appropriate about the dominant culture.

Anzaldua has to assimilate her form of speaking. We see this when she has to take two speech classes to get lose the accent. However Anzaldua disagrees with having to change her form of speech because she sees it as part of her identity. For Anzaldua to get rid of her accent would be to in some way deny her culture. Part of the reason as to why she changes this is because...
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