The First Generation Of The United States Essay

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In the last few decades, Muslims have come to constitute a significant immigrant group in the United States. As a result of this relatively recent arrival, the second generation, defined as children born in the United States to immigrant-origin parents, are the first generation being raised in America and are starting to reach maturity. Their unique perspective on the United States, thoroughly unlike that of their parents, forces the second generation to confront issues that their parents and other minority groups in the United States do not have to face. Ideally, they need to strike a balance between the practices and religion of their parents’ country of origin and the strikingly dissimilar culture of contemporary America, particularly as experienced in American schools. This necessary straddling of cultures retards the assimilation of second-generation Muslim Americans into mainstream American society.
Loukia K. Sarroub’s All American Yemeni Girls depicts the undeniable struggle of being young, hijabi, Muslim women in an American public school. While these Yemeni women differ from the so-called Muslim American norm because they are less well-off, they still epitomize the contradictions between the traditional outlook of their parents and their aspirations to be part of conventional American society. Some immigrant-origin Muslims embody a sojourner mentality in that they only plan on staying in the United States temporarily; they maintain very close ties with their home…

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