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Dwight Okita and Sandra Cisneros

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Dwight Okita and Sandra Cisneros were greatly influenced by american culture. Both authors established American Idenity.Okita's poem showed us that American identity has more to do with how you experience culture than where your family came from. In Cisneros's story, she seems to tell us that the narrator's American identity contrasts with her awful grandmother's strong Mexican roots. But the Americans judge the narrator based on her looks, which takes its references from popular American culture. Both short story's show that cultural heritage and physical appearances does not determine what it means to be an American.

In the letter "Response To Executive Order 9066 ," by Dwight Okita is a description of a little girl who is overwhelmed by the american culture. As you read you can see how much she is affected beausec she states that her bestfriend , Denise, is white and she has been affected by their american culture simply because their culture is completey different then how her family has to do things. Despite this , the little girls tries to look past cultural identity and look at how important their friendship is. However, Okita's poem also showed us that American identity has more to do with how you experience culture than where your family came from. I could tell this from details in the text such as the speaker describing herself as a typical teen girl, seeing that she dislikes chopsticks, something that we associate with Japanese culture, and telling us that she loves the typical American meal of hot dogs.In Okita's poem, the narrator also makes it clear that she is American. For example, she likes hot dogs, which are typically considered American food. In addition, she says that she is a 14-year-old girl with bad spelling, which characterizes her in a way that has nothing to do with her heritage. However, the government sees only her heritage.

In response to "Mericans", by Sandra Cisneros , the first thing you can identify is how the narrator uses such american words like "Aunt" and "Uncle". Next she mentions childhood , but tries to fall short of what can be experienced of American childhood. For example  the grandmother prays for family members.The narrator imagines that the grandmother is worried because many of her children and grandchildren live in "that barbaric country with its barbaric ways." This refers to the grandmother's dislike of the United States, which contrasts with the narrator's view. Despite her Mexican heritage, the narrator feels a stronger connection to the United States than to Mexico. By stating "We have promised to stay right here the awful grandmother left us until she returns " , you can see that.  In Cisneros's story, the most important conflict between characters is over their opinion of the United States. She seems to tell us that the narrator's American



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