Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic : College Students Explore Their Roots / Edition 1

Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic : College Students Explore Their Roots / Edition 1

by Thomas Dublin
     
 

More than at any time since the 1920s the issues of immigration and ethnicity have become central to discussions of American society and identity. Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic addresses this contemporary debate, bringing together essays written over the past eighteen years by college students exploring their ethnic roots--from the experiences of their

See more details below

Overview

More than at any time since the 1920s the issues of immigration and ethnicity have become central to discussions of American society and identity. Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic addresses this contemporary debate, bringing together essays written over the past eighteen years by college students exploring their ethnic roots--from the experiences of their forbears to the place of ethnicity in their lives.

The students range from descendants of Europeans whose families immigrated several generations ago to Asian and Latin American immigrants of more recent decades to African Americans and Hispanics--some have more than one ethnic heritage to grapple with, while others have migrated from one place to another within the United States. Together their voices create a dialogue about the interplay of ethnic traditions and values with American culture.

These are moving personal reflections on the continuities and changes in the ethnic experience in the United States and on the evolving meaning of ethnicity over time and across generations. Despite vocal concerns in recent years about ethnic divisiveness, these student writings show how much many young Americans share even in their differences.

About the Author:

Thomas Dublin, professor of history at the State University of New York at Binghamton, has taught courses on immigration and ethnicity for nearly 20 years. He has published several books, most recently Immigrant Voices: New Lives in America, 1773-1986 and Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901566394399
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Life after Terceira15
Coming to Terms with My Heritage20
The Family History of a Fourth-Generation Pole29
My Paternal Forebears38
The Loss of My Family's Ethnic Ties and the Strengthening of Their American Identities45
What's a Tyrolean? The Immigration of Mario Leonardi to America52
Turetzky Family Assimilation: From Grandparents to Father to Me62
Changing Worlds: The Immigration Experiences of My Paternal Grandparents68
Roots Paper75
A Family History82
My Austrian-Italian Ethnicity85
East Side Story: What West Side Story Left Out92
Three Generations in America102
Where I Stand and Why108
A Challenge of Loyalty115
A Bicultural Experience125
My Family History130
Being an Other135
Discovering My Ethnic Roots143
The Experiences of My Parents in Italy and America149
Getting to Know My Parents So That I May Know Who I Am158
Finding Home163
The Assimilation Problems of My Family in America171
The Oreo Cookie: Black on the Outside, White on the Inside183
Should I or Shouldn't I?187
My Experience with Immigration/Assimilation in America193
Leaving Home198
Being Indian in America: My Ethnic Roots and Me206
My Immigrant Experience213
Triple Identity: My Experience as an Immigrant in America217
Two Poems224
Afterword229
Appendix: Sample Roots Paper Topic235
Notes on Contributors237

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >