Takaki Ch. 7 “Foreigners in their native land: Manifest Destiny in the Southwest.”
1. How did this group come to be in the U.S.? How much of this was “by choice” and how much as a result of pressure or force? Identify drivers or motivations for coming to be in the U.S.
The Irish had been pushed from their homeland by British colonialism and here they found themselves becoming Americans by participating in the conquest of the Southwest. Most was not by choice since they were pushed out of their homeland but it was for the better when it comes down to the end. Drives or motivation for coming to the US was more jobs that paid. A place to live and be somewhat free and much more opportunity. The government promised the colonist equipment and food. It was a better way of living for the immigrants that came to the US.
2. What is the significance of the title of the chapter?
The Significance of the title of the chapter is meaning people who are going to a land they are not used too. They are not from the country and on new land as well hence foreigners in their native land. Coming to a different place and living a new adventure.
3. What mechanisms of social construction are discussed in the chapter?
What mechanisms of social construction are discussed in the chapter are the way the immigrants and the Americans have an understanding of respect for each other, some not all. They communicate and understand they way each other wants to be treated and understood. Socially that helps stop confrontation and other issues that could be raised.
4. How did these groups resist discrimination and racialization?
I believe these groups resist discrimination and racialization because they do not give the people with higher power a hard time. They do what was told and they are benefited from it in the end. The higher powered treat them well and give them all they need and that takes away fighting. They had respect and got respect in return.
5. Give one example in the chapter of “race” and one example of “ethnicity.” What is the difference between the two as they are discussed here?
One example of ethnicity would be, “Stephen Austin urged his countrymen to “Americanize” Texas and bring the territory under the U.S. flag” (173). This is an example of ethnicity because it states that he wants Texas to be American and that is ethnic and part of a culture. Its about where you come form and what culture you are not color or gender.
An example of race would be, “Mexican farm labor can be utilized in the culture as well during the picking season. These workers also cleared the lands for planting “Grubbing brush” many Anglos said, “Is a Mexican job” (185). This is racist because it is taking someone for their color or type of culture and personally treating them different.