.. g within families where people helped each other with what they needed done. I also found that relationship was important for the same reasons, family. Character and aggressiveness were the traits most impeding in the reading. Flexibility ------------------------- Order/Structure There is much order, because things need to be done, and if there is no order, and structure, there tends to be chaos and instability. Linear ------------------------ Holistic The tendency of Irish is to be very holistic, and look for more than one way to figure out a problem.
This was true though the readings and in my own experience. IV. Interviews: The generalizations were somewhat true. That is how they become generalizations in the first place. The interviewees both agreed that they were somewhat true. If you go back to Ireland you will find the bars full at dusk, and fights are commonplace at these pubs.
The point being made about being a minority in places was not really true for them, unless you go to a black dominated are or Asian dominated area, where any white person would feel like a minority. Constance Wallace Morgan Newberg, 1st generation Irish American, Female 70s a) What made your parents decide to immigrate to the U.S.? Do many Irish come here for the same reasons? Parents were looking for a new opportunity and wealth. b) If you have children: What Irish values, behaviors, and customs do you want your children to learn and remember? The Irish Jig and Catholicism. c) Can you give some examples of some things some Americans do that you find frustrating or annoying or disrespectful? No not really, it would be racist to say anything annoying. d) Are there American behaviors you dont want your children to adopt? Rap music, tattoos, and guns.
e) What Irish values or behaviors will you never give up, even though some Americans dont seem to understand or value them? Corn beef and cabbage as my Sunday meal. I am not sure if it is a tradition, rather something I have grown up doing and will continue for the rest of my life. f) Do you find that you use different styles to talk to different people? For example, when you talk to other Irish, or Irish Americans, are there some things you do or say that you would not do or say when talking to other Americans? I would not make any derogatory language to the group I talk about with my family. I also speak slower to those with heavy accents, it seems to be more effective in communicating. g) What is most important to you about being an Irish-American? St. Patricks Day, the only celebration of an Irish person we have in America is held dear to me.
I h) What are the 2 or 3 most important events in the Irish immigrant experience here in the U.S.? Religion, the importance of Protestant Catholicism in the U.S. and the acceptance of Irish in the American community. Patrick OToole, Irish American, late 40s a) What made your descendants decide to immigrate to the U.S.? Do many Irish come here for the same reasons? They came during the Potato Famine in the 1850s, along with thousands of other immigrants. b) If you have children: What Irish values, behaviors, and customs do you want your children to learn and remember? I have been in America for my whole life, and my parents were born here as well, the only tradition I can think of is celebrating St. Patricks Day with family. c) Can you give some examples of some things some Americans do that you find frustrating or annoying or disrespectful? I think that Americans are in too much of a rush, you rarely see anybody go to a bar after work and relax, the work days seem to last until midnight. d) Are there American behaviors you dont want your children to adopt? The fast paced lifestyle and no time for family, which I continue to see in society, also I want my children to marry one person they love and not go through marriage after marriage.
e) What Irish values or behaviors will you never give up, even though some Americans dont seem to understand or value them? I will never give up going to church on Sunday, although it is not just from my culture, I feel a good moral background and appreciation for God is important. f) Do you find that you use different styles to talk to different people? For example, when you talk to other Irish, or Irish Americans, are there some things you do or say that you would not do or say when talking to other Americans? I use shorter words for many Asians I talk to, because I am not sure how much they understand. g) What is most important to you about being an Irish-American? I am just proud of being successful, because that was the whole idea of my ancestors who traveled over the ocean, and I have healthy children, and a beautiful wife. h) What are the 2 or 3 most important events in the Irish immigrant experience here in the U.S.? The acceptance of Americans at Ellis Island when the immigrants came here to seek refuge from the famine. I cant think of anything else.
I found that when asking about how they speak to people of other nationalities they both had a nervous twitch or motion, because it seemed as though the question made them a little uncomfortable. It was hard for both of them to answer the last question about the immigrant experience, due to the nature of their own arrival to the country. V. Histories, Identities, & Transitions Some of the Irish history in America was shaped during the Mexican-American War, when the Irish defected and went to the aide of Mexico, which brought out the power of authority for the Irish living in the United States, giving them a step down in American society. The U.S.
anti-immigrant press of the time caricatured the Irish with simian features, portraying them as unintelligent and drunk and charging that they were seditously loyal to the Pope (Martin & Nakayama, 2000, 95). Another part of their history was Irelands Great Hunger in 1845 through 1850, where 2 million people died of starvation. The part of this history which is the most important and why Ireland has so much resentment for Britain, is because the British landowners exported 25 million bushels of corn and more than 250,000 sheep to England (Krim & Early, 1995, p.31) over the same period when all these Irish died. The history based on these, has shaped how the Irish react, live, and work in Ireland even today. However, resentment is not as harsh among Irish immigrants in America.
Many have moved on with their lives and jobs, looking to the future. The identity of Irish was not destroyed because of people leaving the homeland, instead of staying and attempting to win back what was lost. The Irish tend not to look down on Irish Americans or Irish Canadians (Krim & Early, 1995, p.98) for this reason. The identity which Irish-immigrants brought was a truly American one. The culture of free speech, press and religion fit perfectly for a group that had escaped from British rule, as it was for Americans here before the American Revolution. In order to describe the Irish identity, we can look at pre-Revolutionary Americans.
The Irish found the ability to own land and prosper, although some were poor and suffered a hard life; the idea of manifest destiny was present for all Irish immigrants coming to America. The transition of Irish to American culture was somewhat hard. The difference from being under British rule to living in American society where freedom and democracy is praised could be overwhelming, even making some confused at times. The beginning of the big migration to the U.S. put many Irish immigrants to work in mills and plants at low wages and bad conditions. As time progressed equality was a more common way for Irish immigrants.
Many moved out west and developed a new way of life. Transition at this age, in the year 2001, is much easier because the young immigrants coming over know that the ways of freedom and the fast paced lifestyle are being picked up worldwide. VI. Conclusion --- Key Learnings The key learnings from this paper which I personally experienced were not too dramatic. I learned that many immigrants who came over in the 1800s were at the bottom of the social and economic ladder.
I also learned that a big majority of Irish Immigrants live right here in the Santa Clara Valley. The other interesting fact from the readings were that some Irish felt as though they were not distinguished enough, and put into the big melting pot of Caucasian. I thought that it was very common for white people to be put into the pot, and found no offense to this myself. It was also new to me that Irish are still immigrating, as business people, to find new jobs and become wealthy in America. European History.