Sunday, October 31, 2004

Gina J. Grillo: Between Cultures

Journey: An act of travel or passage from one place to another; to travel over or through. The journey from childhood through adolescence to maturity.

Arrival: An act of reaching a destination; to make an appearance. The attainment of an end or state; success.

Identity: The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitely recognizable or known. The set of characteristics by which an individual is realizable as a part of a group. The quality or condition of being the same as something else.

Assimilate: To make similar. To absorb and integrate into the cultural tradition or mores of a wider society or culture, population or group. To compare; to liken.

Americanize: To assimilate into American culture. To become American, as in spirit.

Citizen: A Person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation. An inhabitant of a city or town; especially one entitled to the rights and protection of a free person.

Citizenship: The status of being a citizen. A membership in a community. The quality of an individual's response to membership in a community.

Home: A Place where one lives: a residence, a household. A place of origin. A place where something flourishes. To go or return home. To move toward a goal: to home in on the truth.

Tolerance: The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others; the ability to tolerate, or have sympathy for, behavior or opinions that one does not necessarily agree with. Endurance, fortitude, stamina.

(definitions from)

Grillo, Gina J. Between Cultures: Children of Immigrants in America. Santa Fe, NM: Center for American Places, 2004.

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