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Two Ways to Belong to America Study Guide
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What is Mukherjee's thesis? Where does she present it?
-This is a tale of two sisters from Calcutta, Mira and Bharati, who lived in the United States for some thirty years, but who find themselves on different sides in the current debate over the status of immigrants.
-In the first sentence of the introduction paragraph.
What arguments does Mukherjee make for becoming an American citizen? What arguments does her sister make for retaining Indian citizenship?
*She wanted to adapt to an American lifestyle and declare an American citizenship.
*She needed to feel like a part of the community she have adopted.
*She also needed to put roots down, to vote and make the difference that she can.
*She wanted to stay true to her Indian culture.
*She doesn't want to adjust to American culture.
*She is happier to live in America as an expatriate Indian than as an immigrant American.
Why do you think Mukherjee's sister feels "used" by attempts to change American laws regarding benefits for legal noncitizens?
-Because she worked and lived in Detroit as teacher for more than thirty years.
-She belongs to here, but America government just want "illegal" immigrants to get green card which would limit her freedom.
At the end of paragraph 11, Mukherjee asks a question. How does she answer it? How would you answer it?
-She is. Her sister not only speaks for herself, but for the immigrant community.
-I would say that neither one of them are freaks. They just both have a different view when it comes to immigration.
What does Mukherjee mean when she says, "The price that the immigrant willingly pays, and that the exile avoids, is that trauma of self-transformation" (paragraph 15)?
-The price that the immigrant pays to stay in America to not be exile is by transforming themselves.
In your eyes, did one sister make the right decision? Explain.
No. I do not think there is a right or wrong decision. They chose the thing that was most important to them and there is no right or wrong choice.
-Two Ways to Belong in America, by Bharati Mukherjee, is about two
Indian sisters who have different views about the United States.
-The author contrasts her American lifestyle to her sister's Indian traditional life.
-Bharati wears American clothing; she adjusts to American society very quickly.
-Mira doesn't change; she doesn't want to adjust to American culture.
-She still sticks to her Indian traditions.
-The two ways to belong in America are: to transform yourself as an immigrant, or to be an exile.
-Immigration separates the two.
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