faces of new americans

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I want to hear about and share your perspective on the questions below. Your submissions to my site will help to encourage dialogue, social debate, and democratic engagement.

  • What does it mean to be an American?
  • What is the most American part of you?
  • Have you ever felt like an outsider?
  • What do you expect from the new immigrants?
  • What do you fear most about immigrants?

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  1. * What does it mean to be an American?
    Honoring, living, and acting out the civil duties of the American law and rights.

    * What is the most American part of you?
    I love American pop culture.

    * Have you ever felt like an outsider?
    Yes. Many times in schools when I was the only person in my school with a dark skin tone, black hair, and whose parents were not ‘rich’.

    * What do you expect from the new immigrants?
    Americans expect a lot from immigrants. Immigrants expect a lot from America.

    * What do you fear most about immigrants?
    I don’t really have a fear of immigrants.

    Comment by Chee — June 22, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
  2. To me, being an American is about wanting to be an American

    The most American part of me is that my parents were refugees and I was born in western Wisconsin

    I grew up in a town where my family was one of a few hmong families. We didn’t really have many people around us that looked like us. To be honest, many times at school, it felt like we weren’t Hmong.

    I just hope that all immigrants who are in search of America find what they’re looking for.

    Comment by Tousue — June 25, 2010 @ 5:04 pm
  3. What does it mean to be an American? For me it has given me opportunities I would otherwise not have in other countries. It means living in a country that has a high standard of living and open to change as well as new ideas.

    What is the most American part of me? Probably being of mixed blood, I am not purely this or that, rather some Dutch, some German, some Danish, etc..

    Have I ever felt like an outsider? Yes, of course, we are all outsiders to something. I am in outsider to some religions, some social classes, and many cultures.

    What do I expect from new immigrants?I expect that they come to “my” country with good intentions and not come to take advantage and to undermine this countries cultures and values.

    What do I fear most about immigrants? That (some) immigrants come here to take advantage of American way of life and at the same time have a disdain and hate for the very thing of which they partake. And to criticize that is to be called names. Fear there is no real open dialogue, just name calling.

    There is a growing lack of education and understanding of America’s foundation and why it became into being.

    Comment by Barbara — August 9, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

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