Essay on Hardships of Immigration to America

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Immigration keeps America diverse; there is a lot of value in such diversity. It teaches citizens to respect and bond with one another regardless of differences. However, America has a dark history as it pertains to immigration. Our ancestors removed Native Americans when all they wanted was this: "Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself- and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty" as Chief Joseph stated in For the Record: An Indian's Perspective, (51-53). Even though there are many great things about being and becoming an American, there are a lot of difficulties…show more content…
Entertainment and Diet would be the most obvious examples of normalcies being changed. In both regards, you have to adjust. He had witnessed people who could not adapt. They were the most miserable people he had seen. They were always complaining about this and that. Their conversations consisted mostly of how much they missed things back home, and how much better it was there. One of them had an unhealthy obsession with Mexican food and was actually mad that the Mexican food here was not up to their standard. The relationships you leave behind are hard as well. Facebook and social media make you realize what you are leaving behind. You will see pictures of your friends and family doing all the things you used to love doing. You have to be prepared to deal with this, or it is another thing that can cause misery. As cliché as it sounds, it really does broaden your world view. You witness the inner workings of another group of people, another government, and another culture. Being a teacher, my grandfather was able to view life through the eyes of a Korean child and teen. It is different, but you realize how similar everyone really is. The same flaws, desires, interests, etc. His outlook on life has really grown a lot. You kind of realize your "nationhood" is really a constructed idea. My grandfather was put in a unique position as a music teacher. Music according to him is a "universal language." Each generation and culture embraces music in reaction (and in
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