The importance of language in culture
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It was really interesting to hear about assimilation from an immigrant's perspective. I never really realized how much of a struggle it must be to know that in order to survive in a new place, you have to learn the language, but you have an extreme pressure to remain the way you were. It was sad reading about how the boy was hanging on the every sound in his life and how sounds were keeping him from fitting in or even feeling loved. Once he finally gave in, he realized that he was better off in his public life, but he had lost what was so sacred to him at home. Looking back, he was happy that he had learned English, but I cannot imagine feeling that separated from the community that you once felt was your only home. It would be so hard to hear your own people act somewhat ashamed of you. Here in America, people deal with these situations every day, in many different cultures. That struggle is in the minds of so many children who are dealing with being the first generation to assimilate fully into the American way of life, yet it seems there is no easy way to join both worlds without losing something in the process.
Do you believe schools should pay more attention to teaching immigrant children in their own languages or would they be missing out on the opportunity to learn English quickly?
Do you believe language is one of, if not the most important factor in maintaining one's culture?
Are we not being sensitive enough to this problem of losing one's culture or should we keep going at the pace we are so that these people can survive in America even if they reject it at first?