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"Clan Of Resident Aliens" A Survey Of What A True American Is, With Actual Personal Reflections From The Perspective Of A Fully Assimilated Immigrant From Europe

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I belong to a Clan of Resident Aliens. My neighbor is a former Russian communist, my gardener is Hispanic and my best friend is somewhere in between. As for me, I?m supposed to be an American, one that was born some ten thousand miles away in an undersized, under-populated, under-represented republic called Armenia. Am I really American? What is American? On October 10, 1492 a man named Christopher Columbus landed in America thinking he was in Eastern Europe. While he may have been wrong in terms of where he was, he nonetheless had experienced some sort of drive, motivation, and persistence to make it there. This same spirit was carried through to the peoples of Europe who realized that Columbus had ...view middle of the document...

My mother looked back at me somewhat flustered. ?It?s hard to tell...? she muttered. Then as we kept walking in the airport we passed a few fair skinned, light haired, tall individuals who were speaking so loud and confidently in a language which we couldn?t understand a word of. ?They sound like they know what they?re saying,? my mother said, ?...they must be the Americans.? Until that day I have always attempted to figure out who and more importantly what Americans are. The day I was sworn into American citizenship, that question became more important to me. I was an American citizen, but did that make me any less of an Armenian? What was an American? Was there such a thing as a true or pure American? I began to see more and more people who appeared to be, perhaps speciously, pure Americans. But as I spoke to these people, I realized that they had great grandparents from Ireland, or England or they were a mixture of some race and another. Yet they acted and looked like an American, whatever that is supposed to be. Then one day I was looking through a decorative translucent globe at the library, I spun it attempting to find the shape of the United States of America. As I was looking through the abstract yet comfortingly familiar shape, I realized that through it I could see all the other countries on the globe. Both literally and symbolically, now I realized that America was really a microcosm of the whole world. It was a collection of all the intelligent, motivated, hardworking, and determined individuals from all the countries in the world. These were the true American citizens. Everyone was a true American citizen.

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