1. Nigeria to Chicago
Discuss the distinct advantages and disadvantages for Israel and Ngozi in comparison to Barine even though all three were immigrating from the same political context in Nigeria. How did their gender, class and race impact their experiences in the U.S.?
Israel Nwidor, wife Ngozi and Barine were among individuals who were living in Nigeria and were to be sent away from the country. Their destination was the United States. However, the three parties were facing different merits as demerits. Nwidor and Ngozi were disadvantages in that they were to be sent away from Nigeria with no wealth or money to help them survive when they land in the United States. On the other hand, Braine was wealthy as she had restaurant businesses as schools as well as a restaurant. Nwidor and Ngozi had a larger burden to take to the US than Barine as they had children but Barine did not have any child. However, Nwidor nad his wife Ngozi were adavantaged in that they had no wealth or business to lose when they becme immigrants to the US. On the other hand, Barine had it all to lose as she had settled in business in Nigeria. The low class for Nwidor and Ngozi was a challenge to their ability to settle in the US. On the other hand, Barine was challenged by how she could settle as a single lady in the competitive economy of the US.
2. Mexico to Mecca
What factors motivated Pedro and Ventura to negotiate the hard decision to immigrate as a family to the U.S? How did life change for Pedro and Ventura post-immigration and what influenced Ventura’s final post-immigration choice? What could have helped her to make a different decision?
Pedro and Ventura were extensively negotiating for immigration to the US as a family on the basis of various factors. In Mexico, the family had suffered poverty as they lacked money to support their children in school to a point their children could not go beyond the sixth grade. They were optimistic that in US life was a bit comfortable and it could have been easy for them to earn some income. However, going to the US did not save them from wrath as life was not smooth as they thought. On arrival, Pedro secured a job but his wife was not lucky enough to secure one. She was always stressed of boredom to a point of wishing she was back in Mexico where she worked in fields. However, the decision to work in fields was not the most preferable or suitable for her. Through extensive consultation and consistent search for a job, Ventura could have secured a job as she had some education.
3. Palestine to Chicago:
Explain the political tension between Naima and Hatem and how it impacted Naima?
Both people are dealing with being distinct, one from the Middle East, the other born in the US. Hatem is secular like pork, more middle class, the lady comes from El Jib in the West Bank Palestine, poorer and a refugee but have gone to college. When she realizes she is leaving she has the freight of moving and has to deal with the fear of living her life behind. Hatem speaks better English and more situated, Naima has to learn and feels she is leaving her culture and history behind which she is. She moves from an occupied place to live relatively well which is strange and finds she wants to be more traditional than she thought. Both are entirely different people. Moving from one side of the world to the other is hard. As a lady settling in the US where there was an extremely different culture from what she was used to would have been extremely hard. Although, racism has been vastly reduced in the US she could still find it difficult to relate with people whom speak different language and behaves different from what she is used to in her motherland.12.
India to Silicon ValleyHow did the global economy impact the lives of Anjan and Harshini? Anjan moves to the US after getting married but has to leave the wife behind and lives in a ghetto though not as bad but just works and then returns never really meeting Americans. He attempts to live a normal life and unify his family only to be unemployed and have to return his family back to Bangolore because he cannot afford to keep them hire as he does not earn enough money. His money lasts longer back home and though the US seems the promise land, it is not as being separated by the family is the end result. Movement was not logical in the long run, family together matters more even if there is less money. Despite the US enjoying world’s most successful economy, it still suffers some of the challenges that are common in most countries in the world with unemployment being a major issue.
Martínez, Rubén, and Joseph Rodriguez.The new Americans. New York: New Press :, 2004. Print.