Identity Crisis Of An Immigrant

Being an immigrant and raising a family in a different culture can be very difficult and complicated for many people. To grow up and learn about your culture and suddenly have to integrate into a new culture is very challenging and confusing. You will experience identity crisis in your life and development. It is difficult to understand where you stand as a person. You have to balance your culture with the new culture on your own.

If we take the two short stories, My son the fanatic and free for all, as examples. Both show us a picture of what an immigrant family looks like. One is more integrated and westernized than the other one. It can be due to the father having a higher education and more successful job, so that it is easier for them to adopt themselves into the cultural and economic system of the western countries. But even so, you will learn that both struggle with their own identity and are having a difficult time to let go of their culture. Whatever they do, there will always be a situation where their values will come in a conflict with each other.

Ali seems like a young man who struggles to fit in with his friends and is confused about his own identity. It can be a bit burdensome to bear two different expectation of your life, choices and actions. Your friends and your family may have different expectation on how you behave or act. In the story “Free for all”, the father seems like he has integrated into the new environment well. But soon he begins to realise that the western parenting doesn’t work on his son and he is not given the respect as a parent. He then decides to punish him the way a west Asian parent would do. His punishment has a lot of consequences because it goes against the country’s law.

Changing takes a lot of courage and risk. You want to fit into the new society but also keep your culture at the same time. Sometimes it can be very hard to keep your tradition because what your culture values can come in conflict with what the new society values. Some of us have no problems to fit in, but others find it difficult because there will always be a missing piece that can’t be replaced.


A letter exchange between two worried souls

We have read the letter exchange between a black father and his son for our lesson today. The two people behind the story is Eddie Glaude jr. who is the chair of Princeton University’s African American studies department and his son, Langston. They talked about the discrimination and the police brutality towards black people in the States. In the letters they referred to some events that have made a big impact for them and for the African American people in USA. The father addressed his concern for his son’s safety because the police failed to protect their people. Professor Glaude jr. is worried something will happen to son if he acts up and falls in the hands of danger after the traumatic event he had been involved with.

They referred to the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. He was a 17 years old African American boy who was killed by a neighbourhood watchman. The court dropped the charges and allegations against him, which started the black lives matter movement. The letters bring out the message on how African Americans are feeling anxious about their own safety in their own land. It calls out the deadly oppression and danger African Americans are receiving today and how it is hard to live as a coloured person in their society. This give us an insider’s perspective on how people in power are abusing their position to harm others.

I got an impression that the unity of the American society is a bit unstable. For 11 years ago, President Barack Obama was elected as a president. People thought that the segregation between the races had ended. But unfortunately, news about the police brutality against black people were spread around the internet and media. This got me question if there was a unity in the American society at all.

Immigrants of America

Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah are two famous comedians in The United States with an immigrant background. They used different examples from their own lives to illustrate their experience as immigrants in the USA. They used mild examples like getting a taste of tacos for the first time, not reaching their parent’s expectations and being the only brown kid at school. I’m pretty sure that they have suffered and experienced discriminations from other because of their background, but they covered it up with comedy.

Hasan talked a lot about how it was to grow up with an immigrant parents. How different the parental skills and styles were between white parents and immigrant parents. Immigrant parents doesn’t express their affection to their children, there are some but only few. They don’t hit them because they hate their children, but it is to teach them a lesson of their wrongdoings. The comedian talked about the consequences of hitting a child which can result to get a jailtime and losing the right to their children. This is one of the differences he had to overcome. He also talked about how much immigrant parents cared about what people thought about them and how suitable their children are for marriage. This is a common thing about immigrants. You will have it from me as a child of an immigrant myself. I can really relate to Hasan and understand where he comes from. I think Hasan pretty much represent all the Asian immigrants in the US. I can assure you that every Asian American have experience it.

The Kite Runner: Character sketch

Amir was born in Kabul and is 12 years old. He is the main character in the book, The kite runner. He had a lonely childhood and lacks the parental affection in his life, because his mother died giving birth to him and his father was not often around. This may be the reason why he often seeks for his father affection and gets jealous of the people who get his attention. Someone like Hassan. Amir says he understand his father’s lack of affection, because he feels guilty of his mother’s death. He and Hassan are playmates, but only when the higher-class kids aren’t around. Amir teases Hassan a lot about his ignorance and often makes ironic remarks. Even if he plays the good card in front of Hassan, he looks down on him and speaks ill of him behind the closed doors.

He is a weak boy in his father’s eyes. Amir is not the typical Afghan boy who oozes masculinity and is athletic. He likes books and poetry, which his father’s dislikes. He mentioned something like “it’s one thing to marry a poet, but to father one”. Baba calls him a coward too because he can’t fight for himself. Hassan is the only one who has to stand up for him and protect him from danger. He neither sees Hassan as a friend or brother even if he is the closest person in his life. Amir only sees him as a servant who is doing his job. He does have a soft spot on Hassan but denies him because of the jealousy towards him.

The two boys usually have a story time where Amir reads for Hassan because he can’t read. one night, Amir decided it would be fun to make up a story to tease him. Hassan ended up liking the story and inspired Amir to write a story of his own. He showed the story to Baba, but he didn’t show any reaction. Amir ended up being disappointed as always. Rahim Khan, a friend of Baba read the story and was impressed by the little boy’s knowledge to writing. Rahim’s reaction and opinion made an impression on him and that was when he found a passion in writing. Later that night, Amir read the story to his playmate. Hassan didn’t understand the ending and made another suggestion on it. This made the privileged boy furious. “What does that illiterate Hassan know? He’ll never be anything but a cook. How dare he criticize you”

I have a love and hate relationship with the main character, because his thoughts and opinions about other confuses me a lot. At one point, he’s all friendly with Hassan but then he speaks ill of him when the door is closed. He did not have the best childhood, so I understand where he comes from. I have to often remind myself that this little boy is only 12 years old and not 17 or above. He is very mature and smart for his age but he’s still a child. He must be often confused with how to deal with different feeling in different situations. The situation and the environment they grew up with wasn’t the best way to grow up in so I do understand where he stand.

Good Health And Well-Being

The UN sustainable development goal nr.3, ensures healthy lives and promotes the well-being all ages around the world. It works to increase the life expectancy of a human being and reduces diseases that frames the developing countries. Examples for the diseases are malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and child and maternal mortality.

Bilderesultat for un goal nr 3

To reduce diseases that decrease the life expectancy of a human being, you have to start at the environment and find out where the infection originated from. Many disease outbreaks often come from the polluted air in the developing countries, the lack of access to food and water, the lack of education and awareness of the diseases and treatment around that area. It will cost a share of money but if we can work together and give them our best support, we can change the environment to a better place to live. We can also educate the people about the illnesses and what the symptoms are, so they can search for help if needed. If we can focus on providing more funding of health systems, we can improve the sanitation and hygiene and we can also increase a better access to hospitals and doctors. This can help to save many lives.

A disease that has infected many people in the less developing countries, is Ebola. Ebola is a rare but deadly virus. The symptoms are high fever, body aches, and diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body. The virus spreads through direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids and organs of an infected human or an animal. That also includes sexual transmission. It can damage our organs and immune systems, so that our bodies become weaker. It causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop, which leads to uncontrollable bleeding. Ebola is a pretty deadly disease, because 90 % of the people who are infected, are killed.

Many countries in Africa have been infected by the virus. The WHO and other health organisations have done a lot of things to reduce the numbers of people who are infected. They have recently launched the vaccination in Congo. It is important to fight against Ebola. But since it is a newly found technology, it need to be assured and researched thoroughly to be launched. They also educate the civilians to use condoms to protect them from sexual transmission.

I think it will take a while to reach the goal nr. 3, but we have come far. I think the vaccine can help a lot to reduce the numbers of infected, but it has yet to start launching around the world. It need to be thoroughly researched so that it won’t have negative effects on the people who are vaccinated. I also think that it is important to teach people about condoms. It is simple, but it reduces the numbers a lot. I wish we could be more open and educate everyone about sex and the consequences of it. It will make them understand why it is important to use protection. Many countries in the middle eastern, Africa and Asia still see a conversation about sex as taboo. We must break the stereotype and make them understand why the conversation is influential to our health and ourselves.



The Hunger Crisis In Chad

Chad is a country in northern-central Africa and it is the fifth biggest country in Africa. It’s located between Libya, Sudan, Niger and Nigeria. According to the World Food Programme and Concern U.S, the country has one of the highest levels of hunger in the world. One of the biggest reasons to the hunger crisis, is The El Niño phenomena. It refers to the rising temperature of the central and east-central part of the Pacific Ocean. The presence of El Niño can influence the weather patterns, ocean conditions and fisheries by the coast. People who are dependent of agriculture and fishing, are most affected by it. The climate is too hot and the rainy seasons are unpredictable. The people of Chad depend on vegetables from agriculture and fish from the ocean. The El Niño phenomena have cost them many of their resources and access to food. Chad is still a developing country, because they had suffered from political instability and conflicts with their neighbour countries. This leave them with no money to import food and resources to their country.

The lack of food and nutrition has led to poor maternal health, high infant mortality rate, disease outbreaks and it can also interfere the growth and development of the human body. The people who are affected are host communities, refugees and displaced people. These people live in poor conditions because of the aftermath of the conflicts with the neighbour countries. This leave them with limited access to food and water. Action against hunger is a campaign that work to fight against hunger, provide food and clean water to everyone in the world. They have sent their people to the Lake Chad region so they can provide food, clean water and shelter to the people. They also give health and nutrition support to children, pregnant and lactating women. The project is focusing on reducing the mother and child mortality.

There are a lot of things we can do to help, but there are also a lot of things that we don’t have the control over. We can’t change the weather pattern, but we can help by raising awareness in social media, donate food and money to campaigns, be a part of campaigns and educate people about hunger crisis around the world.

I have linked some sites down below if you are interested to learn more about the hunger crisis or if you want to donate money to campaigns that fight against hunger.