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THE "NEW IDENTITY" OF THE IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES: A STUDY OF TWO POEMS

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Author(s): Vera V. Syamsi

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 42;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Immigrants | identity | natives | assimilation | adaptation | American values | American Dreams | confusion | discrimination | to position | to be positioned.

ABSTRACT
The United States of America has long been the land of hopes and dreams. People poured into the country for a better life. The ('native') people of the country have campaigned that everybody is welcome to live and become the citizens there; they also claim that they respect and appreciate human right and do not discriminate people. The two poems analyzed here describe the efforts and struggles of immigrants who came to the United States and tried to become her citizens, a thing that 'in reality' is very difficult and full of obstacles. Those newcomers were hampered by many things, both from the things outside and inside them. Immigrants who now live in USA write the two poems and they are interesting to be analyzed, as they picture experiences and struggles of migrants living in a new country
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