Overcoming Culture Shock in the United States

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English 12

Capstone Project

Chamara Brown
December 10, 2012
Professor Holley

English 12

Capstone Project

Chamara Brown
December 10, 2012
Professor Holley

Chamara Brown
December 10, 2012
Professor Holley
English 12
Capstone Project
“The U.S is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. This cultural diversity stems from having a steady flow of immigration from different parts of the world for over 150 years, which contributed to the already existing culture.” “The International Education site”

When immigrants make an approach to live in the United States of America, they are faced with the struggle of negotiating between two distinct cultures. Whenever immigrants moved to the U.S. they tend to feel alienated, forcing them to forge an identity. But is forging an identity what makes you feel welcome, or simply make you feel like you have finally fit in? Above all, immigrants losing their identity to fit in a culturally diverse country like America is the new norm which is merely right to do in contrast to trying to hold on entirely to who they once were in their own country.

When immigrants come to America, they come with the intention of having a better life and future. Many immigrants then and now, still speak of achieving the American dream (Owning a car, house, and if possible; a business). Even though they are immigrants who first need to become citizens of America to fully take advantage of the American dream, they still share many benefits as American born people do. “Assimilation is not now, and has never been, an instant transformation in which an immigrant suddenly becomes a “fully-fledged American.” Rather, it is a long- term sometimes multigenerational, process.” (Rodriguez 1). Benefits for immigrants range from all different types of categories. “Immigrants remain eligible for emergency Medicaid if they otherwise eligible for their state’s Medicaid program. The law does not restrict access to public health programs providing immunizations and/or treatment of communicable disease symptoms (whether or not those symptoms are caused by such a disease). School breakfast and lunch programs remain open to all children regardless of immigration status, and every state has opted to provide access to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Short –term noncash emergency disaster assistance remains available without regard to immigration status.” fee.org . On another note, other cultural holidays are celebrated in the United States which immigrants have brought here with them. Some of these holiday includes; Hanukkah( For eight days each November or December, Jews light a special candleholder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day's worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple),Christmas (People celebrate this Christian holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their families.), Kwanzaa( Kwanza which means "First Fruits," is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates ideals such as family life and unity. During this spiritual holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, millions of African Americans dress in special clothes, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light a candleholder called a kinara.) New Year, Chinese New Year (Many Chinese children dress in new clothes to celebrate Chinese New Year. People carry lanterns and joining a huge parade led by a silk dragon, the Chinese symbol of strength.), Mardi Gras (The time of Lent is a solemn one of reflection for Christians, so the Tuesday before Lent begins is a time of merry-making for many people around the world.), Easter (On Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. People attend church and also enjoy different Easter customs.), Passover (The highlight of this major Jewish holiday is the Passover seder. During these two special...
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