My First American Thanksgiving Narrative Essay by Top Papers

An Asian writer's reflection on his first American Thanksgiving.
# 140405 | 1,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in English (Narrative)

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Chosen as a "Paper of the Week":

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Thanksgiving  in the US is one of the most cherished and most popular of all the holidays because its message about gratitude is one that crosses all religions, cultures, traditions, and customs.  This week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon reflects exactly that sentiment.  Paper #140405, "My First American Thanksgiving", is a touching narrative of the writer's first Thanksgiving holiday in the US.  The writer's description of the sights, sounds, and meaning of this first experience is interesting and moving.  This is an excellent paper that describes the Thanksgiving experience from the immigrant's perspective.


Using his first American Thanksgiving as a memory, the writer explains his invitation and his acceptance by a friend's family both for dinner and for friendly discussions. The paper brings out how the meaning of Thanksgiving, as this memoir shows, is often realized more poignantly by foreigners than by Americans who maybe have become too used to Thanksgiving as merely food and vacation.

From the Paper:

"They say that holidays are mostly for children or senior citizens. The rest simply go through the motions. Holidays mean food, presents, school vacations, family gatherings and often remembering better times. In Hong Kong, as a child, I loved the very idea of holidays because I was always treated well by family and friends. In fact, from family holidays often meant receiving money. But, perhaps my most impressive holiday memory occurred in November of 2006 in San Francisco. It was to be my first American Thanksgiving. And it really became something very special to this newly arrived young man from far-off Asia."

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