Under normal circumstances when an immigrant moves to the Unites States or when an American moves to South America they usually if good intentions will assimilate in order to get along better, hang out with locals and develop local customs, learn the laws such as chewing gum in Singapore. For example with all the people I know in the United States both immigrants and natural born citizens, it is amazing to see those immigrants come here to truly embrace this culture. They come prepared and with full intentions of loving this country for what is has to offer back. They already know that where they have come from will not offer any dream at all and really they have little chance of making it.
I see both on a daily basis, I see the haters, those that have moved here but constantly ridicule the place and it’s people “stupid Americans” ect. but it’s baffling how they worked so hard to get here. On the other hand you have those that learned English before they came, that want to learn the culture fully, that truly love this country and instead of just saying it, they actually want to learn more of it. They understand that this is the best place on earth and would appreciate being a part of it. You meet these people and it’s so nice to speak to them and listen to the real story and listen to what the plans are and you think wow, these people are more patriotic than me. This is the kind of girl that would be great to meet for a wife if possible and really if you listen to her clearly you will be able to see her true intentions.
These are the people that built America, in fact I believe that had there been as many haters back then, there would be no difference between this country and every other ordinary country but this was not the case, immigrants came, assimilated, worked hard, raised families and lived the American dream. No special sauce, none of the hate that goes on today or very little if that. It was just a simple plan to leave a place that has little to offer to go somewhere that allowed them to buy a house, raise a family. This buying a house, raising a family mindset is rare today that it’s actually nice to even write such a statement.
Assimilation is going in opposite directions
Today is almost an opposite effect of what happened when we built America. If thousands of Americans moved daily to Medellin and had extremely high birth rates, took jobs and spent money in all the big box stores, while the big box economy would improve we would eventually fundamentally change the culture of Medellin. Soon after the big box stores would hire English speaking staff, the customs would change, the typical Latin food restaurants would change to American cuisine, our driving habits would take over and create new precedence. It would fully evolve into a new Medellin.
We used to say how important assimilation was, how important it was for children to learn English, how important for people to adopt to the culture and also strive to live the American dream. It is rare to see someone now that even knows what the American dream is, that even understands what this country has to offer, in some cities English is no longer the norm and things change rapidly.
Assimilation is not as easy as you may think
For young adults that have grown up in one culture all their lives have the most difficulty moving into another culture and changing all the things they grew up learning. It’s very similar to when a friend from Colombia in his 30′s visits me and rents a car. How in the world would a mid 30′s guy that has driven for 10 years in Colombia be able to drive and adhere to the local rules without knowing them. Speaking of driving, a gringo that is in real estate living in Medellin made a comment on a blog the other day that was just wrong. He said that when gringos drive in Medellin they should not be “ugly Americans”(meaning that Americans are the ones that drive crazy) I was thinking what is going through this guys mind? Doesn’t he realize that some of the worst driving in the world is in South America? That Americans have road organization that any of my South American friends see are amazed. In any event, what a douche to make that comment. I guess he couldn’t get along in America anyways so he took off to live where he may be able to get laid.
So essentially as South Americans continue moving into the states, more so in certain cities such as Orlando and Miami, natural born citizens are finding they must assimilate or are forced to leave. They must learn the language, they must accept the new ways of the road and drive on the defensive all the time which is extremely tough for many with no experience. They are forced to leave because all jobs require Spanish or Portuguese, sometimes they will require more than just the language as South America has no EOE. It becomes much easier for the youth to assimilate then say someone in their late 20′s or 30′s.
When you plan on moving elsewhere, you also plan on assimilating and usually have time to learn much of the culture, the language and anything else you can learn from a distance. But when you stay put and suddenly find that all Albertson’s are now Sedano’s supermarkets and that a cashier can no longer help you in your native language, it’s hard. Think of the senior citizens that are forced to reverse assimilate, which is nearly impossible.
Most Americans have never traveled to South America or to any third world country for that matter and have no idea of how to live in other countries.
As the populations continue to increase from South America, what do the natural born citizens do in order to reverse assimilate easier? Will their be jobs available for English only speakers in the near future?