Define uprootedness, transplantation and dual construction of ethnicity.interprete regarding immigration experience transplantation, uprootedness, dual construction of ethnicity which1was most...

Define uprootedness, transplantation and dual construction of ethnicity.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While this experience can be seen in the German and Irish narrative, I think that we can probably see this in all immigrant discussion.  There is an experience of being uprooted from one's own previous condition, a transitional phase that makes life for the immigrant extremely difficult and harrowing.  This transplantation is where one begins to see the first seeds of dual construction of identity being established, for there is an attempt to reckon what life was like to what life is like.  The notion of living as a hyphenated American is something that strikes at the heart of the immigrant.  Especially true in the early and mid portions of the 20th century, the idea was that in order to be deemed as "American," the immigrant had to sacrifice their own past background as a part of this construction.  To sacrifice one's own identity at the altar of American identity is a harsh reality indeed.  At the same time, to be able to seek reconciliation with one's own past history and the definition of "America" becomes the critical element behind the immigrant experience.