Running head: IMMIGRATION IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY 1 Immigrationin the Twenty First CenturyInstitutionalAffiliation Immigrationin the Twenty First Century
PerkinsMitali in her article entitled "A note to young immigrants"tries to persuade her readers of the things she feels the youngimmigrants will lose in case they shift to the new land asimmigrants. The author illustrates that the immigrants have thetendency to forget the issue of language and language. "In thenew country, you meet everyone that appears to be similar to youwhich brings in relief." Mitali uses styles such as comparison,personal anecdotes and contrasts to write a convincing article to herreader (Ramage, Bean, & Johnson, 2004).
Mitali starts illustrating her thoughts using a personal anecdote.She starts by describing the realization that is somehow horrificthat when you move to a new place you miss everything that used tointeract with while at home (paragraph 1). The application of thisstyle makes the article appear as personal and informal in nature.The same style is used when the author says "a young immigrantwill lose the parental benefits" (Paragraph 4). The author triesto make it known to her readers that the young immigrants will losetouch with their parents, and therefore they will no longer beentitled to the obvious benefits they used to get. Another anecdoteindicates that the young immigrant will forget about his or herculture.
Mitali further uses contrast to differentiate the feeling that ayoung immigrant will encounter in the new environment with that he orshe used to encounter while in the home country. The author statesthat moving to a new place will make the immigrant fee confused asthe immigrant will be unable to understand about him or herself. She,therefore, contrasts the new environment that she makes it appearmore hostile with the home environment that is ever friendly. Shesays, "You will forget whether you are male or female while inthe new country" (Paragraph 2). This phrase indicates that thenew environment is not friendly as such. She also illustrates the newenvironment will make the immigrant will lose touch with his or herculture. This, therefore, contrasts the new country with the homecountry that is rich in culture. The statement is aimed at portrayingthe new environment as being decayed (Ramage, Bean, & Johnson,2004).
After creating the attention for her readers, Mitali then appliescomparison technique to show that the young immigrant will still haverelated privileges like the ones they used to encounter while intheir home country. She urges the young immigrants not to bedisappointed as they will still experience the similar condition likethe earlier. "There is some good news after you have settled andadjusted" (Paragraph 7). She tells the immigrants of thebenefits they will realize after they rediscover themselves and makeuse of the opportunities in the new environment. Her focus thereforeis to make it known to her readers that there are still moreprivileges that an immigrant will experience in the new country thatare similar or even much better than what they used to experienceearlier (Ramage, Bean, & Johnson, 2004).
Theauthor applies all the techniques independently at the same time. Shebegins by contrasting the feeling that a young immigrant will undergowhile in the new country with the best that she used to experience.She then follows by comparing the feelings such that the twoantagonistic countries have the similar benefits. The writer,therefore, wants all her readers that are immigrants or those thatwould prefer being immigrants to feel at ease.
Ramage,J. D., Bean, J. C., & Johnson, J. (2004). Writingarguments: A rhetoric with readings. Pearson/Longman.