Literature Of New Immigration : Hae Soon 's Song

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Mandy/Jiamin Chen
English 100
Professor Williams
September 20, 2015
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The Literature of New Immigration: Hae Soon’s Song Why does one want to move away from their home? As an immigrant from China, I experienced many hardships growing up. An immigrant is someone who migrates to a foreign country to strive for their goals of their new life. “Crossing Into America” by Louis Mendoza and S. Shankar conclude many stories and real life experiences written by first and second generation of immigrants. Throughout these stories, we will learn about the emotional terrains and difficulties to survive in America. I came across the story of Hae Soon’s Song by Gary Pak. Pak tells a story about a Korean girl who settles in Hawaii trying to …show more content…

During the 1880s, immigration rate was more than 5 million people, mainly coming from United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Scandinavia. About 17 million people came to the United States during the 1820s, they are also considered as the first generation of new immigrants. The peak of immigration was in 1980s, when 10 million of immigrants has enter the United States. Author states the fact, “From 1980-1993, European immigrants were only 13 percent of the total, whereas those from Asia were 39 percent, and those from Latin America were 43 percent. (Mendoza, Shankar xvii)” Whether it was legal or illegal, the number of people entering the United States has reached about 1.1 million. By the time of 1994, non-natives occupied 8.7% of America. (
There are many different stories coming from the diversity of immigrants. Mendoza and Shankar states that “We define the new literature of immigration as that literature emerging out of communities formed or re-formed by post-1965 immigrants” (xviii). Editors explain that the new literature of immigration is written by the first generation of immigrants or their children who lives in the communities of immigrants. Within the writings of the new literature of immigration, they explain the issues of identity, cultural, and generational conflicts. Many immigrants experiences the mindset of being an American instead of becoming an American. The new literature is a direct representation of unheard stories from

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