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A Short Summary And Relation Of Several Writing Pieces To The Topic Of Aliens In America. The Assignment Was To Relate Various Poems, Essays And Stories To The Subject Of Aliens In America.

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When most people hear the term alien they think of little green men with big eyes or Star Trek. But alien has another important meaning. It is a person who is foreign or excluded from the dominant culture in which they live. Immigrants are all aliens in the new countries where they settle. We looked at several different viewpoints on aliens and their experiences.?Christmas Eve? is the story of a Mexican family in Texas. The mother decides that they should celebrate Christmas the American way this year instead of the traditional Mexican way. The mother decides to buy the children toys on Christmas Eve, even though she does not leave her own yard. When she ventures out to go downtown, her fears and anxieties quickly take over. She becomes disoriented in a store and accidentally leaves with merchandise, so she is accused of stealing. Because she does not live in the American culture daily, the mother has remained an alien and so is frightened by her encounters in the strange land. The concept of aliens also enters into this story at the beginning. As a Mexican family, they usually receive gifts on the 6th of January instead of December 25th. Living in America, they are exposed to the local tradition, and the children demand presents on Christmas instead of the Epiphany. This creates the conflict of maintaining their Mexican traditions or assimilating to part of the American culture.?Lindo Jong: Double Face? is a woman?s recount of her first experiences in America after leaving China. She explains that she paid an American-born Chinese woman to provide her with information to find her way around in America. She soon finds out that life in America is tough. Because of her speech limitations, she can only get jobs that aliens receive, working in factories where they don?t have to know how to speak English. She met and married her future husband at a local Baptist church. As she begins telling her daughter this story, she thinks of how much they look alike. By the end of the story though, she realizes that her daughter does look exactly the same as her, that she is her own woman with a different life and a different future. Although Lindo knew she was an alien when she moved to America, she feels the first pangs of being an alien from her own daughter. She realizes that they have grown up in very different worlds and see things differently.?Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question? is a poem about the stereotype other people place on Native Americans. It is a harsh and jaded response to the countless questions one Native American has been asked. These questions have alienated her and other Native Americans because of the stereotypes and stigmas placed on their culture. Although she tries to be civil in her responses, the writer has resentment for the question-askers.?On the Subway? is a poem about the contrast of a poor black boy and a rich white woman. Each is a victim of their own circumstance, held captive by the status and color of skin they were...

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