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
|Commitee:||Adelt, Ulrich, Ward, Seth|
|School:||University of Wyoming|
|School Location:||United States -- Wyoming|
|Source:||MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Ammericannes, Culture, Identity, Iraqi Christians, Migration|
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