A Good Friend Of Mine By Jonathan De Souza

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Embracing change and adapting to a new environment is never an effortless endeavor, especially as a child. Accepting change requires willingness and strength to understand, adapt, and embrace new cultures. Constant movement can affect our perceptions of how we view our current surroundings, cultures, and values. Interviewing a good friend of mine, Jonathan De Souza, I learned a vast amount about his home life, growing up in seven different countries, his big moves, and his views on immigration policy in America. Discovering more about Jonathan and the multitude of countries he’s lived in posed the question; Has constant movement given you the expectation to alter your identity to assimilate more to the current culture you’re surrounded by,…show more content…
Living in a new country that is not of your native descent can often make a person feel singled out and leaves them wondering where do I belong. Born in Argentina, Jonathan resided in the city of Córdoba with his family and twin brother. Though Jonathan and his brother were both born in Argentina, their parents were both from Brazil and immigrated to Argentina in the 90s. Growing up a Brazilian in the city of Córdoba, Jonathan was naturally brought up learning to speak Portuguese from his parents instead of traditionally learning Spanish. In his home life in Argentina, he was raised with traditional Brazilian values instead of Argentinian values. At a young age, Jonathan had a sense that he didn’t belong to his community due to how he was raised and the language barrier, although he didn’t think too much of the language barrier because he was able to learn Spanish quickly. “Growing up there, I felt like an immigrant there because I didn 't speak Spanish first, I spoke Portuguese because of my parents, then I went to school speaking Portuguese and everyone there thought I was an immigrant although I was born there. Although I learned Spanish very quick.” Born and raised in Argentina, Jonathan and his brother were perceived differently when they would visit their family in Brazil even though they were raised Brazilian
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