Thursday, September 30, 2010
My country of choice to research is Equador. This country is part of my parents decent. Particulary my fathers side. That being said it is more of a personal inquiry for me but I feel that since I was born in America and have very little knowledge of it , I am very interested in knowing about my ancestral culture, history and econimical relations with the U.S from a factual point of view, other than what has been taught to me by previous generations within my family. So far I feel as though equadorians migrate here for ecomonic exchange but I am sure as I do my research I will other areas that contribute to their migration, and relations with the United States. I have gone to wikipedia and found it provides many references and links that my guide me to cites that pertain useful information on inquiries being made for the topic of my choice. One link that I found to be useful was http://www.imf.org/ which particulary gives information on monetary funds such as financial analysis and crisis that are developing in other countries. So in my search of my country of choice Equador I was guided to IMFC statements including the most recent which can be downloaded to find issues on the meetings being held. I found this to be convinient and very informative. Those where a few things I was able to get .What it can't give me based on our discussion in class, is the perspective to my argumentive question. That, I will be able to develop based on the facts I obtain from sources such as Wikipedia and others that I will come across.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Upon Lucy's arrival she first describes the time of day and what her surroundings felt like such as the weather and the time of year. Her experiences with things she had never done before such as riding in an elevator, being in an apartment and eating food out of a refrigerator that had been prepared a day before. She was shown many sites of the city. Many of which she imagined would be spectacular but in her story she expressed that to her, it looked dirty, ordinary and worn down with people coming and going. She seemed to be unimpressed with all of it and her lasting impression appeared to be more disappointing rather than exciting. Lucy described a time when city life was a fixture fantasy of hers. She dreamt of it as a place of happiness to replace of her inner sadness which she found difficult to name. When I read her story she sounds like a very depressed woman that feels out of place. She mentions how the family she is staying with looks at her and laughs as the things she says. Also she didn’t realize that she would miss all and whom she has known her whole life. Like Lucy, many immigrants have their own feelings about being in America, no ones story is the same and many struggle with trying to adjust in this country with limited means but one thing they all have in common is that they are entering a whole new life and leaving the one they have known behind with a great expectation of something better