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MY COUNTRY IS MEXICO
To assess your ability to:
Analyze the effect that events, conflicts, or immigration patterns have had on religious practices, women and minorities in a given country or region
Evaluate clothing and social codes for the values they represent within a given culture
Examine how migration and immigration have impacted a country’s culture
Summarize the role of women in the development of your assigned country
We see in the news how many immigrants are berated for their unwillingness to assimilate the culture of their adoptive culture and cast off their own, especially if the physical manifestation of the native culture is at odds with that of the current country (e.g., the Burkah, the Sikh turban, the chador, etc.) In recent years, for example, France has banned the wearing of a head scarf in public places. In this assignment, you will explore this paradox.
Action Items: Note the six parts of the assignment!
In this part of the assignment you will address views on traditional dress and artifacts worn by men and women. The following are some examples of dress or custom and some of the background behind the dress or custom. Read through the examples so you get can get an idea of what you might write about.
Banning of Headscarves from Human Rights Watch.
Clothing from India
Now choose an item of clothing or other artifact from your assigned country for your paper. Address the following six points in a cohesive paper:
Describe the item or behavior.
If it is an item, who generally wears the item?
What is the symbolism of the item or behavior? (i.e., Does it represent an affiliation with a particular religious code. If so, which one?)
What is the reason for the behavior or wearing the item (i.e., modesty, religious significance, etc.)?
What is the history of the item or behavior (i.e., is the item derived from a particular religious story or edict)?
Consider the following statement and respond.
In order for an individual to be properly assimilated into a new culture, she should reject the traditions and culture of her previous country and concentrate on those of the new country. Wearing items that identify an individual with a culture outside his or her adoptive country slows down the assimilation process, or worse, alienates the individual from his or her adoptive society.
Referring to the research you have completed on your chosen item of clothing for this assignment, write a 2-3 page paper answering the six points in item two. The paper should conform to APA formatting and citation guidelines. Your response should also explain how you agree or disagree with the statement in italics and why. Finally, in the final paragraph of your paper, consider which item (a symbol or item of clothing) from your current culture you would want to retain if you emigrated to another country. What does the item signify to you? Why would you want retain this item? How would you feel if you were not allowed to display or wear it?