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Week 3 Discussion: Americanization
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There are several key ideas in the module that we must consider:
How events shapes people’s sense of themselves in relation to the context ,and
what are the consequences for each of those events?
Well, this week you read about Americanization. Here the idea was that if people can become more “American” they who become more of something, may be accepted into the larger American framework. Of course, you also read how people in the Mexican-American community sought a way to perserve a culture.
Within this context answer the following questions:
According to chapter 4 in Becoming Mexican-American, describe the idea of American within the context of Americanization Programs? Explain what you think of the idea of American in the 1920s.
Distinguish between both the Americanization programs and the Mexicanization programs, what were there differences and similarities?
Do you think we need Americanization programs today? What purpose would they serve?