We are a nation of immigrants and as such we should not expect those new to our country to behave as we do just because that is the way we do it; our beliefs and behaviors have taken time to meld into one 'common' practice and even though many cultures observe customs that the common American may find unacceptable, I believe these new Americans have a right, based on our constitution, to maintain their heritage within the limits of our laws. The preamble of the Constitution of the United States tells us that the constitution was developed to “insure domestic Tranquility”, “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty” and the first amendment reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (Find Law for Legal Professionals) Although the first amendment addresses religious differences many of those tenets are what culture is built on.
In the story of A Father Mr. Bhowmick struggles to reconcile his feelings of loss for the “old ways” while trying to keep up with the changes his wife and daughter seem to have wholly embraced. This is the other side of the coin for most Americans; many don’t consider the difficulties of immigrants fitting into our society from their perspective. They may or may not speak our language, they have left family and friends behind, nothing is familiar, and depending on where they settle, they may not be able to find something as simple as the food they are accustomed to or to have it handled in the manner required by their culture or religion. Many of them may have restrictions on what they can eat or how the food is presented; some religious strictures don’t allow different types of food to even be on the same plate, ever.
During 2009 there were 1,130,818 “Persons Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status” (Homeland Security) in the United States; these people represent 201 natural birth countries. With the understanding that some of these groups will have a similar culture that’s still a significant number of hereditary practices to incorporate in one nation. The people of the United States take pride in their traditions, the nationalities that they inherit from the home countries of their families, but the further back in their history the relocation occurred, the less accepting they seem to be of the new immigrant. Especially those people from a different region than their own inheritance; dissimilar practices, like foreign languages, provide a further gap in familiarizing a person or group into the community.
Introducing new cultures into a community can provide beneficial influences to food, fashion, and education; many long time American’s would like us to close our borders to many, if not all, of those looking to further their futures through the industry...