Growing Up Asian In America Analysis

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In history, there are many recurring themes, one of the biggest is the “American Dream”. Many people resonate the words dream, freedom, equality, and the opportunity to achieve their utmost desired and achievable dreams. This definition of a perfect land that helps you achieve your dream has been termed the “American Dream.” The “American Dream”, which is supposedly available for all Americans, has unfortunately become untrue for those who are minorities or immigrants. The “American Dream” is dictated by the American society that is controlled by a racial hierarchy that does not give access to the American dream for those who are not part of the preferred race and who don’t fit into its structured box of singularity. Overall, The American …show more content…

In order to obtain the “American Dream”, you need to be an American, hence the American in “American Dream”. Post-World War II allowed generations of Japanese-Americans to speak up and say that when they were put in internment camps or their parents were put in internment camps America was abusing their power. Kessaya E. Noda author of the story of Growing Up Asian In America shows her struggles of finding her place in America as a third-generation immigrant. The author talks about how the American dream can be very …show more content…

In the letters written by Hector St. John Crevecoeur, he explains that as Europe fights in the world war, it forgets about the needs of its people. Yet in America in the world war, he can safely say that it not only cares about the war efforts but also its citizens. The letters written by Crevecoeur are very touching but unfortunately, the series were written during WWII which ended 71 years ago making them invalid to today’s form of the American Dream. The issue with the American dream is that our world moves at a much faster pace than it did during WWII. Everyday there is a constant rate of change in our life, and unlike in WWII’s universal community of American Society, we do not have a huge universal problem to unify around. Instead, the American Society’s community of today has completely different problems going on at the same time, and most problems clash with each other. A poem by Walt Whitman, called “I Hear America Singing” represents the happiness that some choice to see in America. One part of the poem even says:
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of

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