Ethnic Americanization Essay by Research Group

Ethnic Americanization
Examines the process of ethnic-Americanization whereby the identity moves from one's native homeland to being American.
# 26158 | 1,813 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 27, 2003 in Ethnic Studies (North American) , Sociology (General)

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Ethnic-Americanization seems to be a process whereby a member of an ethnic group ceases to be, say, "Cuban" and becomes Cuban-American. The primary identification is American, rather than Cuban, although the cultural influence remains strong. This paper looks at the three stages in the process and how Cuban-Americans and Haitian-Americans utilize this process. The paper questions how "diversity" has become a part of the American civic culture and how Americans have celebrated this diversity. Despite the process of Americanization and the celebration of diversity, bigotry still exists in American society. This paper also explains the conflict between blacks and whites, anti-Semitism and the hostility toward immigrants in the U.S.

From the Paper:

"It seems as though history, or time itself, has made diversity part of American civic culture. The diverse people simply kept coming to the United States. They are here. They became part of American culture and American culture became defined by that multiplicity of races and ethnicities that comprised it. It is a difference that is significant, although the world is gradually becoming more globally mixed. Still, in many parts of the world, the only real diversity is tribal, rather than racial or ethnic. For example, in Saudi Arabia, the culture is very homogeneous. In Japan, there is very little ethnic difference, and that has been suppressed."

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