I'm not advocating the dissolution of the hyphenated American
, but I want people to understand the slippery slope we've allowed to develop.
Chapters cover the hyphenated American
in twentieth and twenty-first century America; intersectioning lives; Sherman Alexie and the absolute truth of double-consciousness; four American poets explore hybrid identity formation and familial relationships; legalized hearts; unspoken histories and one-man museums; oSheAEs left me her legacy nonethelesso; race, ethnicity and national identity in Paule MarshallAEs Brown Girl, Brownstones; oA Pizza Huto; neither insider nor outsider but both; intimate relations; bridging borders; a tent of oneAEs own; oAll growth involves change, all change involves losso.
As a hyphenated American
, I discovered that owning a dog easily accomplished what many outreach or diversity-training programmes had failed to do for years.
All an apparent insult to Afro-Americans and every other hyphenated American
First, there is very little written that helps to identify what we have presented as American Cultural DNA (or the differences in the hyphenated American
cultural experience.) We collected various bits of information concerning how the American culture is so misunderstood and how historically the different American cultures have shared discrimination, successes, and failures.
Of course, the idea of the hyphenated American
causes lots of mixed reaction i.e.
This attitude resulted in the emergence and strong presence of certain ethnic groups that assumed a "hyphenated identity," and, according to El Said, "the hyphenated American
became a striking feature of American culture" (El-Said 7).
In contrast, a social studies-multiculturalism that recognizes no national sovereignty, celebrates no common culture, and triumphs the hyphenated American
is patently a contradiction in terms and engenders a confliction of loyalties.
Like me, Anne Wortham loves her country and sees herself as an American, not as a hyphenated American
. Anne, it may not be much of a consolation, but I want you to know how much I respect and admire you and your intellectual gifts.
One must go under and search between the multiple layers that structure one's cultural identity as a hyphenated American
. Going Under and Spared Angola: Memories from a Cuban American Childhood are not significant contributions to Caribbean literature and Latino/a literature in the United States, but what makes these texts a "must read" is the way in which Suarez deals with the complexity of identity construction.
it's only when we're free to explore the complexities of our hyphenated American
culture that we can discover what a genuinely common American culture might actually look like" (175-76).