Who Is Irish

In: English and Literature

Submitted By obijawa
Words 1090
Pages 5
An Analysis of Who is Irish? by Carol Belanger In the United States, there are many immigrants from different countries and nationalities. It is probably the most ethnically diverse country in the world. Some people view it as a “melting pot” where a variety of cultures mix together and influence the overall culture. Others use the analogy of a quilt, woven by cloths from different colors and fabrics that comes out a whole piece. Despite this, gaps between different cultures still exist, especially for older immigrants, no matter how well they have assimilated. The cultural and life perspective of first generation Chinese immigrants are deeply rooted in China, even though some may have lived almost half of their lives here. Their offspring, the second generation, Chinese-Americans who grew up in the United States, hold different views than their parents. They have been Americanized just like the Chinese food at many restaurants in the United States. Because of this, the culture gap between these two generations is inevitable. In “Who is Irish”, the writer Gish Jen addresses the issues between a sixty-eight old Chinese born grandmother, who is the narrator, and her American born daughter, Irish American son-in-law-and granddaughter. As a permanent resident, the grandmother is not going anywhere, but she still feels uncomfortable with the cultural here. In the story, she ends up living with her son-in-law’s mother. The culture gaps in contemporary America are portrayed by the relationships within the Chinese American family, the relationships between the Chinese-American and the Irish American families, and the raising of the granddaughter. The culture gap between China and America is manifested in the relationships between husband and wife and between mother and daughter. Natalie, the narrator’s daughter, works in a bank as a vice president. Her…...

Similar Documents

Success and Failures of the Irish Community

...The Successes and Failures of the Irish Community Sociology of Developing Countries The Successes and Failures of the Irish Community Throughout history many communities were formed for many different reasons. Some communities were able to become successful cultures while others did not. The reasons why communities are successful stem from many different reasons. “Some theories conclude that communities thrive and others do not because of social capital, or network connections among residents and community groups,”… “In addition some researchers have determined social capital to be related to various aspects of community life, from crime rates to the local economy,” (Whitham, M. M. (2012 pg 442). The Irish community today is one that faced many obstacles. Their oppression in Europe and early America is reminiscent of the hatred that certain third world nationalist or minorities endure in America today. The cycle for which these oppressed communities have endured has caused their communities to either flourish or decline. In either way the community has reformed its customs and believes to adjust to the social ladder in which they attempt to overcome. “Community building commonly refers to building the social networks within the community, and developing group and individual problem solving and leadership skills,” (Paul Mattessich, 1997). In most cases communities are built around people of the same class, and ethnical back ground. This is often reasons why communities......

Words: 1187 - Pages: 5

Irish American

...The Fighting Irish: From Beginning to End-Fighting for Fun, Life, With a Big Heart Tanya Drummond Maryville University Abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide information relating to Irish immigrants and Irish-American culture. Religious beliefs remain of importance to many Irish families, as well as traditional celebrations including St. Patrick’s Day. Linking alcohol and celebrations, Irish people are high risk for alcoholism. Furthermore, studies show that heart disease is the number one cause of death within this group of people, causing further alarm of the rampant use of alcohol. Healthcare providers have a duty to prevent further destruction of this jovial society by intervening when welcomed by family and those afflicted by alcohol. The Fighting Irish: From Beginning to End-Fighting for Fun, Life, With a Big Heart Today’s Irish population may not be quite as rowdy as once depicted. However, if provoked in the slightest, most likely the person doing the aggravating will soon find out why Irishmen have rightfully earned the nickname, “The Fighting Irish”. As an Irish descendant with the surname, McCollum, I can honestly attest to this part of the Irish temperament. Furthermore, Irishmen do not exclude their own family from violence either. A holiday with my family wouldn’t be normal without a few fist fights as the celebrations continue into the evening hours. When the fights are over, ill feelings released, and more Guinness is flowing we......

Words: 1825 - Pages: 8

Appreciate Irish Heritage

...Appreciate Irish Heritage Introduction The Irish culture is rich in customs, beliefs, and practices with substantial significance in the current times. It also constitutes traditions, literature, music, art, language, legends, sport and cuisine associated with Irish people living in the United States. These aspects of the Irish heritage are not homogeneous among natives of Ireland because of cultural divides that exist between rural Irish and urban Irish, Protestants and Catholics, settled population and travellers, native population and immigrants as well as disparities in language among Irish people. As such, Irish heritage is diverse with different elements that vary depending on the specific area of origin or consideration. The vast flow of people from Ireland to America from 1740 to 1922 is attributable to the modern Irish history in the United States. During this time, about seven million people of Irish origin immigrated to North America. In the attempts to adjust to the demands or requirement of modern industrializing world, some adjustments were made on Irish culture and identity, both personal as well as national. The native Irish culture was linked with the American culture to form the Irish-American culture, a blend of both cultures. However, considerable aspects of the Irish culture are depicted in the practices, festivals, religion, and culture of the contemporary Irish communities living in the United States. Furthermore, several elements of this......

Words: 1778 - Pages: 8

Irish Television

...informing (e.g. political information), by enhancing the sense of community (e.g. broadcasting major sporting events), by developing new talent/programming and by providing insurance with respect to the existence of broadcasting itself and with respect to ensuring basic services (e.g. quality) through demonstration. Ireland’s broadcasting sector, both public and commercial, is at a point of departure. With new legislation, which consolidates 50 years of broadcasting legislation, finally in place and with a new regulator, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, emerging, one can expect significant changes in the coming five years. While the recession, which has hit media’s commercial revenue hard, currently dominates the boardrooms all Irish broadcasting businesses the real seismic change for broadcasting is not the economic downturn but the shift online and the convergence of content in a multi-platform environment. The public sector broadcast consists of Radio telefís na hEireann (RTE) and has provided a radio service since 1926 and a television service since 1961. As RTE is an organization it is subject to the nine member RTE authority appointed by the government, this consists of the RTÉ executive board, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of RTÉ and is headed by RTÉ’s director general, reports to the RTÉ Authority. At the given moment RTE is broadcasting three television services, RTE ONE , Network 2 and TG4 as well as four radio stations, Radio 1 , ......

Words: 1409 - Pages: 6

The Irish Economy

...The Irish Economy The Celtic Tiger years were very exciting and prosperous for those who resided in Ireland. There were lots of investments being made, people were very care free about where they put their money as long as there was some sort of short-term profit available. Employment was up from 1.1 million to 1.9 million jobs available, population increased by 15% from 1996 to 2005 and unemployment was at a mere 4.4%. One of the most astounding statistics was that Ireland’s GDP was the second highest per capita in the European Union, during the times of the Celtic Tiger (Dorgan 2006). All seemed as if Ireland was the first success story of the creation of the Eurozone until the crash. After the creation of the Eurozone, the goal was to help struggling economies to use the power of the Eurozone to create growth and during the Celtic Tiger years it seemed to be working. However, the Eurozone was not doing its job of overseeing the activities of the country of Ireland and let it slip through the cracks. After the crash, unemployment soared which was caused by the huge loss of jobs in the construction market and young workers began leaving Ireland again in hopes of finding jobs. As a result, private debt was high and people lost trust in Irish Banks. Any hope of growth in the Irish economy was lost due to high percentages of debt in all sectors including households, financial and non-financial institutions, and within the government. Along with a complete loss of trust in the......

Words: 2110 - Pages: 9

The Irish Government

...The Irish Times - Friday, November 12, 2010 Property tax could raise €1.1bn In this section » • Prices increase by 0.7% in year to October • Kinsella sought press help against Kenmare • Trade imbalances top G20 agenda • Former Bord Gáis chief settles €2m High Court action • Profits at BT's Irish unit up, revenues drop • Minister welcomes economic advisory council as 'national priority' LAURA SLATTERY A PROPERTY tax would be most easily introduced if it was based on floor area, but such a tax would be unfair on lower income groups, according to a study by researchers at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Economist Richard Tol told an ESRI conference yesterday that the best way to implement property taxes “in the relatively short term” would be to base it on an “assessed value” of the properties, rather than the market value, which would be difficult to measure in the current market. This assessed value could be based on floor area, the number of rooms, the number of bedrooms, locality, the type of property and the property’s age, he said. Using each of these factors as the basis for assessing the property value would result in around 20-25 per cent of people being either under or over-taxed. “That’s a substantial fraction of people who are wrongly taxed. On the other hand, it’s only 20-25 per cent we get wrong,” Mr Tol said. A study by Mr Tol and co-authors Karen Mayor and Seán Lyons states that while the most pragmatic......

Words: 619 - Pages: 3

Who's Irish

...Who’s Irish 1. a) The narrator lives some where in the US. The exact location is not mentioned in the text. b) She says that they are nothing like a Chinese family. She describes them as lazy and stubborn. At first she thought that Irish people was like the Chinese people, hard working people, but the Shea family proved her wrong. c) She thinks that his ’thinking is plain boiled’ and even ’his name is plain boiled’ as she says in the text. He doesn’t have a job and he can’t take care of Natalie. d) In China, the daughter takes care of the mother, but in the US it is the other way around. The daughter often complains that the mother is not supportive. She says that the mother-daughter relationship in the US is too soft and that the kids could use some whipping from time to time. They do not have the same discipline as the Chinese children. e) It is not written in the text in a certain episode, but he thinks of the narrator as a traditionally Chinese old woman who is very strict. f) It is relatively good Bess is an old lady, and she thinks it’s good to have some female company. At the end of the story Bess claims that the narrator is an honorary Irish g) - Amy was a crazy-person sitter because she didn’t care about Sophie running around naked, her clothes are inappropriate and she is a creative-person (creative doesn’t really exist in the Chinese language) - The narrator thought that the right way was the Chinese way. They are more stict......

Words: 1247 - Pages: 5

Irish Immigration

...Ian Fischer January 26, 2014 Paper #1 for Global Issues Irish Immigration Before and After the Potato Famine Globalization is to be defined as, “The worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration,” according to BusinessDictionary.com. The immigration to the exponentially growing United States had been open to all types of ethnicities and cultures throughout the 18th and 19th Century, and along the North-Eastern coast, the people of Ireland were settling. I chose this group and time frame, because I believe it represents globalization at its finest. Immigrants from Ireland had been immigrating to the United States before the Potato Famine, but it had been just the wealthy population of Ireland, because they could afford to start a new life in America. After the Potato Famine in the 1840’s, the majority of the immigrants were the surviving peasants of Ireland, which I will need to research why that was. As I searched for a background source by looking up Irish Immigration to the United States, I found a very informing and reliable website named Irishamericanjourney.com. After I read through this website, I was able to understand their culture and the reasoning behind why they left their country even before the Potato Famine, and how these Irish immigrants were accepted into American Culture and ideology. To find even more in depth information I used Google Scholar through the library’s database to explore what books and......

Words: 507 - Pages: 3

Irish Immigrants

...Migrating to Canada for the Irish emigrants was not something they did for leisure reasons, but more of a life or death decision put upon them. In the 19th century, England made Ireland a part of Great Britain rather than just a colony. Ireland became greatly over-populated, having a population of 8 million people. The agriculture and production of grain became extremely difficult due to the vast amount of people, and something needed to be changed. A new phenomenon spread across the country of switching from a grain based diet to potato, which took up way less room and was also highly nutritious. This worked wonders for the Irish until a huge disaster hit all: an airborne fungus that destroyed all the crops for several years. This left Ireland with the biggest ultimatum: to either stay there and most likely be faced with death, or to follow the quest for the new world in British North America. This phenomenon was embellished greatly by the British Empire so they could “free up land and lessen long-term financial obligation.” The British took full advantage of this famine, and continued to send the Irish off on vessels to Canada, making it our problem. The sick Irish continued to get sick, and the horrible conditions of the emigrant ships did not help. There were hundreds of poor people of all ages dying. The poor conditions included: lack of light, no clean air where they breathed in the diseases, sick people everywhere along with the rough immigration journey with a......

Words: 1519 - Pages: 7

Irish Settlers in America

...Irish Settlers in America The Irish immigrants faced prejudice, segregation, and discrimination. The Irish settlers are part of my heritage and the Ethnic group I chose for this essay. I had a very difficult time finding enough information for this assignment and I did not expect there to be so little information on this topic. I am not sure about the rest of my background but I have always been proud to be an Irish American descendent. That was until I read some of the ways they treated other immigrants in the new nation. Irish immigrants had a rough start in the United States, stuck in urban poverty and taunted by some of their neighbors. They and their descendants overcame the obstacles and prevailed (Kenny, 2008). Irish immigrants were not treated as bad as the African Americans were treated but were treated pretty closely. They did get a few extra benefits like being able to sell themselves as slaves instead of someone else selling you. As they arrived in American cities, they were crowded into districts that became centers of crime, vice, and disease and they commonly found themselves thrown together with free Negroes. Irish and African Americans fought each other and the police, socialized (and occasionally intermarried), and developed a common culture of the lowly (Barnett, Valla, and Williams). They also stated that ‘‘It is a curious fact,’’ wrote John Finch, an English Owenite who traveled the United States in 1843, ‘‘that the democratic party, and......

Words: 943 - Pages: 4

Anglo Irish

...entitle “work”, I must confess that we have found ourselves to be seated at the fiery gates of hell itself. To spend eternity here would be comparable to Dante’s “Inferno” (Alighieri, 1314). Yeats: I could not agree more Mr. Shaw. But perhaps for very different reasons. As you know I have long been an advocate of Irish nationalism. Be that as it may, this is far removed from the vision I had claimed to support. Where is the nobility of spirit of “Cathleen Ní Houlihan” (Yeats, 1798) which I feel that I stood for, for all those years. These people do not appear to care for their country. They seem to be in this job for the money and nothing else. Shaw: [Smiling mockingly] As you appropriately put it yourself in that spirited poem of yours, what was it? Ah yes, “September 1913” (Yeats, 1913). You say “Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone/ It’s with O'Leary in the grave.” (Yeats, 1913). Personally I never believed in “Romantic Ireland’s” (Yeats, 1913) existence to begin with. Your play “Cathleen Ní Houlihan” (Yeats, 1798), while I have no doubt it provided great appeal to the popular groups, in my opinion it had no basis in fact in the slightest. The morals of the Irish man have always been for sale, an idea I attempted to portray in my play, “John Bull’s Other Island” (Shaw, 1904), if you recall. Most people thought that I was aiming to be witty or humorous. I have always said that “truth is the greatest joke of all” (Shaw, 1904). Almost anyone can recognise a joke. But......

Words: 1563 - Pages: 7

History Irish

...History of Ireland From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search History of Ireland Wenzel Hollar's historical map of Ireland This article is part of a series Chronology Prehistory Protohistory 400–800 800–1169 1169–1536 1536–1691 1691–1801 1801–1923 Timeline of Irish history Peoples and polities Gaelic Ireland Lordship of Ireland Kingdom of Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Republic of Ireland · Northern Ireland Topics Battles · Clans · Kingdoms · States Gaelic monarchs · British monarchs Economic history · History of the Irish language Ireland Portal v · d · e The first known settlement in Ireland began around 8000 BC, when hunter-gatherers arrived from continental Europe, probably via a land bridge.[1] Few archaeological traces remain of this group, but their descendants and later Neolithic arrivals, particularly from the Iberian Peninsula, were responsible for major Neolithic sites such as Newgrange.[2][3] On the arrival of Saint Patrick and other Christian missionaries in the early to mid-5th century AD, Christianity began to subsume the indigenous Celtic religion, a process that was completed by the year 600. From around AD 800, more than a century of Viking invasions brought havoc upon the monastic culture and on the island's various regional dynasties, yet both of these institutions proved strong enough to survive and assimilate the invaders. The coming of Cambro-Norman mercenaries under Richard de...

Words: 11293 - Pages: 46

Irish Music

... Celtic Irish Music Name Institutional Affiliation Celtic music is a broad group of music genres that have emerged from the native folk music traditions of people of Western Europe, such as the Irish. Throughout history, Ireland has been associated with music. Irish music history dates back over 2000 years when the Celts arrived in Ireland. Irish clerics are known for writing some of the earliest folk songs. One of the twelve disciples of Ireland, St Columcille (521-5797 AD), described that the clerics of Ireland had the ability to “sing like birds”. Irish music has remained vibrant in this 21st century having gained global recognition. This is unlike most European countries that have lost their native folk songs. Traditional Irish songs are full of culture over two millenniums they have been existing. Irish culture has been preserved in the form of songs, stories, and tunes. This music has been passed down from generation to generation. The most common method was by parents teaching their children the music. Irish clerics are well known to write folk songs. Although of slight changes in the traditional Irish music, it has still been able to keep most of its traditional aspects. Irish children are still taught Irish songs and to play traditional instruments rather than modern music instruments. Parents are also keen to carry on Celtic Irish traditions. The Celtic harp is the best known of all traditional instruments. The harp was most......

Words: 1593 - Pages: 7

The Irish

...use of my strengths has been a very helpful resource in the past few months, although I started off a little bit weak in using them, and I believe I have been getting better and better at applying them in my daily life without even having to think about it. At the beginning I did not use my strengths all the time, or at least, the ones that were provided by the Signature Strengths Survey. I had to try to remember to use them in order to even remember that I had any strengths. However, as time has been passing and life has been going on, I have learned that there are times when I have used my strengths, especially my top strength, which is kindness and generosity, without even noticing that I was. I noticed that I am the kind of person who does not have to be thinking on the back of my mind that I have certain strengths which are prevalent in my persona, to actually be using them; in fact, a lot of them I practiced unconsciously, without even being aware of it. There were times where I was not using my strengths, not because I was not thinking about them, or because I did not want to, but rather because perhaps I was angry, or having a fight with someone and that affected the way the rest of my day went, not leaving me any space to be kind, or grateful, or even fair. At the moment, just like when I was using them I did not think about it, the same happens when I am not using them; it is not something that seems to matter at the moment, but rather when I go home and......

Words: 898 - Pages: 4

Irish Language

...The Irish Language INTRODUCTION What I am going to talk about in this essay is how the Irish Language played a huge part in the development of Ireland throughout the 20th century.I picked this topic because I think that the Irish Language was a key element of Irish nationalism. The Irish Language was part of Irelands separate identity, and we the Irish back in the day felt that its revival was vital if the country were to successfully pursue sovereignty. That’s why I picked this topic because I think this is very interesting and would like to learn more about the Irish language. MAIN BODY In 1893, The Gaelic League was founded with the aim of reviving the Irish language. Successful Irish Governments sought to re-establish the Irish Language as the native tongue. In 1924, the Department of Education began its work to co-ordinate a comprehensive primary and secondary school system. The most important aim was to increase participation in education and to make sure that the people of Ireland gained the basic skills of reading and writing. Gaelic became a badge of identity which distinguished the Irish from the British. The Cumann na nGeadheal Government sought to bring the language back into everyday life. One means of doing this was to translate Irish place names back into Gaelic. From 1922 onwards, signposts, addresses and maps were changed. By 1925, the civil service, Garda, armed forces and courts had all introduced Irish into their day to day affairs. In 1926 2RN and......

Words: 1278 - Pages: 6