Name: Guelou Trion
Immigration refers to the general shift of people into
a different country, which is not their native, or country of origin. Nearly
all persons at some point in their life have to travel to a new location beyond
the national boundary. Such migration can be due to several reasons such as
education advancement, taking up employment in another country, health issues
and social economic and political issues. Such changes in the life of an
individual have a significant impact on people`s ability to adapt to the
environment. Hence, the essay will focus on a narrative of an immigrant who
moved to a new nation and how he or she felt about the encounter.
Lian`s Story of
During my junior year in college, I remember
experiencing a case of immigration. In our class, there was a girl called Lian
who had migrated with their family from China to the United States. The reason
behind their migration to the states was grounded on the fact that the father
had been offered an employment opportunity in the United States as a software
designer. As a result, Lian had to continue her education in the US, which was
a new complete environment.
Evidently, all students in our class would tell that
Lian was experiencing a variety of challenges. Lian was the loneliest girl in
the class as she found discomfort in making friends with other students. Often,
when not attending any learning, she would go to the park and read her favorite
books. Moreover, other girls would take advantage of Lian out of her calm
nature and would ask her irrelevant questions about her original background. In
the end, she was only able to make friends when she joined the school’s
basketball team towards the end of the term.
Lian was struggling with her self-esteem. Having come
to a new geographical area with a different social fabric, she felt inferior as
compared to native students. When joking with the few friends she had made, she
used to take it personally and display her emotions. In one instance, her
friends teased her concerning her ethnic background. Afterwards, a fight ensued
leading to the intervention of the school district principal who had to advise
the student on cultural diversity.
However, even after making a few friends, Lian had
difficulty in expressing herself to not only her friends but also to the
teachers. Nevertheless, in class, she avoided questions from instructors in
light of escaping the embarrassment of speaking inappropriate English language.
As a result, she consumed most of her time in the library reading literature to
become conversant with the English language. It is evident that Lian was
undergoing a language barrier considering that although there were other
immigrants in the high school, they were not from her country of origin.
Considering her description of how they would use symbols to write back in her
country of origin, it was evident that she was finding a hard time adapting to
the new language.
Lian also experienced a different culture that was not
present in their homeland. The foods were different from what she was
accustomed. She would be forced to go to Chinese restaurants to get her meals
as she was not used to the famous foods. Moreover, her choice of music was
somewhat reserved to her culture couple with the dress code.
In summation, it is evident that immigration is an
entirely new experience for individuals who leave their native countries to
settle in new territories. Sometimes
the new environment can be hostile, and it is up to the immigrant to balance
their experiences to ensure that they are not affected by the aftermath of