Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How Immigrants of Iraqi Christian Identity Negotiate Becoming Americans
by Kika, Sana, M.A., University of Wyoming, 2019, 194; 22619983
Abstract (Summary)

Although the United States of America is a multicultural country, many immigrants feel that they need to assimilate themselves to the norms of this country to fit in and be Americans. Successful assimilation of immigrants and the effects of immigration on the United States’ economy and society depend on who the immigrants are, and how is the immigrant selection process. The interviews of this qualitative research method support the idea that cultures tend to be lost and new identities are acquired as time moves forward; this is contrary to the belief that a culture and national identity can be still preserved across countries and continents. My analysis makes visible the large impact of the receiving society on the arriving Iraqi Christian immigrants and refugees from Iraq. It also gives clarity to the willingness of members of this group to adapt to the norms, and new lifestyle of America. The project promises to challenge the notion of identity and Americanness of the Iraqi Christian immigrants; whether Chaldeans, Assyrians, or Syriacs, those enjoying the freedom of living in America.

Keywords: Iraqi Christians, Americanness, Migration, Identity, Culture

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Yi-Ling
Commitee: Adelt, Ulrich, Ward, Seth
School: University of Wyoming
Department: International Studies
School Location: United States -- Wyoming
Source: MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Ammericannes, Culture, Identity, Iraqi Christians, Migration
Publication Number: 22619983
ISBN: 9798643178200
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