Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Second Generation

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I have a question that I wanted to see what the class thought about…For those who are second generation in society, do they have to worry more about adapting to how we function as a whole? By that i wonder if they MUST assimilate  to the standards of our country, or are they in their own right to keep their culture closer to their heart?


Written by bmax2816

November 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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  1. I think second generations typically have to adapt and assimilate to both. Some parents encourage their children to be familiar with their native language as well as keeping family traditions and customs in tact. On the other hand, living in the U.S you are taught social norms,are exposed to the traditions and in contact with people from different backgrounds that it is almost impossible to only assimilate to one culture. You may identify with one race/ethnicity but you are also still American.


    November 22, 2009 at 12:26 am

  2. I definitely agree with the response above me. From personal experience as a second generation, I have tried to adapt to both an American and Asian culture. This really proved to be difficult for me, as my parents tried to implement their strict and conservative asian traditions, in a completely opposite and more liberal american society.


    November 22, 2009 at 1:44 am

  3. This is very true. As a second generation child, you have to assimilate to your surroundings while still conforming to the culture instilled in your parents. Speaking from experience, it’s a difficult line to walk as noted in aunanan7’s comment above.


    November 27, 2009 at 5:16 am

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