Comparing Texts Essay

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Writers such as Dwight Okita and Sandra Cisneros were greatly influenced by the American culture. "Response to Executive Order 9066" by Dwight Okita, and "Mericans" by Sandra Cisneros both authors establish the topic of American identity. In Okita's poem, American identity has more to do with how you experience culture than with where your family came from. Both Okita's poem and Cisneros's short story show that cultural heritage and physical appearances do not determine what it means to be American.

In response to "Mericans", the first sign of American identity that is noticed by this short story is the classification of relatives in the style of traditional American names such as "Auntie" and "Uncle". The next thing that is
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In this story the narrator's American identity contrasts with the "awful grandmother's" strong Mexican roots, but the Americans judge the narrator based on her looks. Cultural heritage and physical appearances do not determine what it means to be American.

The letter " In Response to Executive Order 9066," by Dwight Okita is the description of a little girl who is very overwhelmed by the American culture. Reading furthermore of the text we can see how greatly the girl is affected as she states that her best friend is a white girl named Denise. She has been affected by her best friend simply because her family culture is completely different from her friend Denise. The little girl in the story also sees herself as part of the american world because she states activities that an American would do with her friend, Denise. For example, her and her friend watch boys together. The little girl "feels funny using chopsticks" because it's not an American trait, but she loves hotdogs. Though this little girl in not American she still acts and feels like an American.

Dwight Okita and Sandra Cisneros's short stories both identify that physical appearances and your cultural background doesn't determine what it means to be American. In the story "Mericans" the narrator has a very positive attitude and view of the United States. The narrator associates herself with

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