Irish Culture in America

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Irish Culture in America I. Introduction The history of Ireland is diverse and fact is mixed with fiction. Through the years in which Ireland had a famine, many people migrated over to the United States in order to have a better life and gain some prosperity. When they arrived they were met with less than open arms, but rather a whole new world of discrimination. I will be discussing the summary I have done on the discrimination of Irish in America today, followed by my reactions, two other Irish blooded reactions, the history, identities, and transitions, of these people of which I learned through doing this research. II. Research Summary The readings on Irish immigrants in America led me to understand the racism and culture that is new to them from where they used to live and also showed me their personal views of their treatment by the American society. The article in West Magazine is very good, covering many factors relating to the perception of Irish immigrants and their descendents living in the Santa Clara Valley. The article discussed the racism Irish Americans endured, the religion, and the culture that is celebrated. The article is very relevant to the values and communication of Irish Americans and other cultures. The Irish throughout time have been stereotyped as a very low-culture people. Many people have characterized the Irish as “fighters and drinkers,” (Krim & Early, 1995, p.31) which is not true, because many Irish who are normal working, non-drinking or non-fighting individuals. However, when the holiday called St. Patrick’s Day comes around, it is celebrated with drinking and eventually fighting. The reality is that no matter what bar you go into, you can find a drunk fighting about somet... ... middle of paper ... ...fense to this myself. It was also new to me that Irish are still immigrating, as business people, to find new jobs and become wealthy in America. Bibliography: VII. Bibliography Collier, James. (2000). A Century of Immigration 1820-1924. New York, NY: Benchmark Books. (pp.16-26). Krim, J. & Early, D. (Eds.) (1995, December 10). Voices of Diversity: Irish. West Magazine, San Jose Mercury News. (pp.31-40). Martin. J. and Nakayama, T. (2000). Intercultural communication in contexts, (2nd ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. Newberg, C. (2001). Irish American. In her 70’s. Interviewed 3/5/01. O’Connor, Anne-Marie. (1997, September 18). “Mexico, Ireland Recall Immigrant Tale of Divided Loyalties.” Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. (p.A17). O’Toole, Patrick. (2001). Irish American. Late 40’s. Interviewed 3/5/01.

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