por Joseph O. Legaspi
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America and I
- Anzia Yezierska
Anzia Yezierska (1880-1970) was a Jewish-American immigrant and novelist known for her writing on immigration, assimilation, and Jewish-American lives. "America and I" is Yezierska's short essay about her struggles adapting to her new country.Pair “America and I” with “Amphibians” and ask students to discuss how both texts describe immigrating to America. How do both texts explore the obstacles that immigrants encounter? How does the narrator in “America and I” experience a transformation, and how does it compare to the transformation of the immigrants in “Amphibians”? Do you think she anticipated having to make that transformation? Why or why not?
- Adrienne Su
In Adrienne Su’s poem “Peaches,” a speaker describes being the child of Chinese immigrants in America.Pair “Peaches” with “Amphibians” and ask students to describe how immigrants are portrayed in the two texts. How does the speaker of “Peaches” describe their parents’ lives in America? How does this compare to how the speaker of “Amphibians” describes the experiences of immigrants? How do students think the experiences of immigrant parents compare to the experiences of their children?
The Border: A Double Sonnet
- Alberto Ríos
In Alberto Ríos’ poem “The Border: A Double Sonnet,” a speaker describes a border.Pair “The Border: A Double Sonnet” with “Amphibians” and ask students to discuss how both poems develop our understanding of immigrants’ experiences. How does the border represent the division between the two environments explored in “Amphibians”? How is crossing the border a part of the challenging transformation that immigrants go through?