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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Melting Pot

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America has long been known as a melting pot of cultures and ideologies. But, does this still work today? What does it mean to be an American? And who should be considered an American? The dictionary defines the noun American as “a person born in the United Sates.” By that definition alone I am not an American. Nevertheless, after living three years in this country I find that the definition the dictionary provides is not quite accurate. Actually, if I had to declare my nationality at this point of my life, I would realize it to be more difficult than many people may think. I was born in Europe, found love in America, married in Japan, and saw my two children come to the world under the shadow of a Star-Spangled Banner. To me America means opportunity, romantic walks under a starred night holding hands with the woman I love, and tears of joy for the birth of my two children. As you can see America means almost everything to me. I love this country as I love my own and I would be more than ready to defend its values if asked to. The United States received me with open arms three years ago and since then I have been able to assimilate myself into that great melting pot of cultures and ideologies called America. The melting pot is still alive providing immigrants and their descendants the chance to become full members—in one way or another—of American society. To better define the noun American, I would like to go back and humbly change the definition the common dictionary provides. I would define American as a person born in the United States and or a person who loves the United States as if he/she was born here.

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