You’re 100% correct … - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on June 10, 2007 at 07:28:47:
My grandpa came from China in 1890, became a citizen before 1900. With the exclusion laws, Chinese women was now allowed in at the time, my dad was born in China, and came as a six year old boy, grew up American, spoke perfect English, though he made me study Chinese as a boy.
The neighborhood I grew up in the 1950’s consists of German, Irish, and Italian immigrants. Our landlords was an older Italian couple with four sons, and living downstairs, we hear mom speaking in Italian, and the son’s replying in English. The sons are totally Americanized.
My dad is now 85, bought the place from this Italian couple, and immigrants moving in the last 20 years are Greek, South Asians, and Hispanics. But I still hear the first generation speaking their native tongue, and their children speaking English.
Many of our older neighbors in the 1950’s were first generation Americans. My dad, who owned and oeprated a laundry saw a well known actor, (believe he said it was a Robert Aldo) whom he recognized from TV, came in to his shop one day, and asked what he was doing in Astoria, Queens, NY. Was told he came by to visit his own dad, a retired barber. I was trying to picture who this guy’s dad was, and I was told it’s this old gentlemen who stands in front of the building down the street from us everyday in a suit, and hat, and a cane, even in 90 degree weather.
I was shocked that this actor, as American as apple pie, has a dad that speaks English with a thick Italian accent.
Having lived through it, I doubt very much the Balkanization of America. It’ll only happen if “ill conceived” measures like preventing immigrant children from attending schools come to pass. Then, you guarantee ethnic ghettos that’ll last generations, like in the Middle East, where Palistinean refugee camps houses refugess for generations.
If it was not for the illegal immigration, the US would be begging for immigrants at this point. An article a few weeks back told that Japan, with it’s strict immigration policies, is now opening it’s borders to immigrants. Apparently, farms in Japan cannot find help, and most of the elderly farmers can no longer cope with the grueling work.
Does the problem sound familiar??