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My Immigrant Experience Essay

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Naheed Fateema U.S. History Honors Period 2 February 26, 2014My Immigrant ExperienceThe United States of America is consisted of people from many different cultural backgrounds. Immigrants had started to pour in during the 1900s and still continue to do so today. My family is from Bangladesh, to be more specific we are from Sylhet, Bangladesh. My family had been here quite early, during the popularity of immigrants coming to the U.S. My grandparents would come to visit the United States occasionally. Most of my mom's side lives in the U.S.A. while most of my dad's side settled in England. From what I remember as a little girl, Bangladesh is a country full of green. The Bangladesh flag has two colors, red and green. The green represents the grassland while the red represents the sun. I have to admit to see Bangladesh's villages, plants, the lakes is beautiful. There is nothing like it. I miss it at times especially living in New York. I still have a few family members in Bangladesh. However, most of my family is either here or in England. My family came to the U.S.A. for the same reasons most other immigrants came. They came for better jobs, better sanitary and much more. The main reason they came is for education. The adults want their kids to have the best education. My family always mentions that. They always say how much hard work and sacrifice they had to do just for us kids. In Bangladesh, we would not get the same education we get here. My family came to New York because they view New York as the land of opportunities. They see New York as a place where many cultures exist. If we were to go to another state where many different cultures did not exist, it would have been hard for us to settle in. Like most people, my family has adapted to the "American lifestyle". However, we are all proud of our Bangladesh pride. None of us are afraid to show our customs. We are not afraid to wear our traditional clothes, speak our native language or eat our native food. I admit when I was in middle school, I did not care about my culture. I did not have any desire to wear saris or salwar kameez, which are our traditional clothes. Looking back at it now, I am ashamed that I did not feel proud to represent my culture. Now that I have grown mature, I love my desi culture. I love everything about it, the clothes, the weddings, the food and the music. It is so different from the American culture. I still wear clothes that are regarded as western, but I still wear my desi outfits. Most of my family knew basic English when...

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