Summary of peers’ responses (Kexin, Xianglin)

Almost everyone mentions the difficulty for immigrants to learn English in his or her response including me. Xianglin uses an example of a history class to illustrate the process for immigrants’ children to translate English into their own languages and understand the meaning. Kexin uses numbers that tell it will take six to seven years for a foreign to adapt and use a new language as proficient as the native speakers. I mention the educational gap between immigrants and native citizen because of the language issue, but I don’t mention the violence to immigrants because of their races which is a huge issue of race discrimination. What they don’t have is the potential mental problem of immigrants like depressing that cause by lack of communication with others. Both of them use the author’s own experience as a supporting argument for their viewpoints like there is still unfair treatment between immigrants and citizens, and it is hard for them to get used of a new culture. However, we all agree that keeping his or her identity is very important even if they move to a new place. But, I am more into that every culture is unique and we should all respect it and try to get into it.

Status of refugees in the United States

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Yifu Wu, Kexin Zhang, Xinglin Xu

As one of the well-developed countries in the world, the United States has less amount of immigrants in the nation compared to before. According to the report from the United Nations, the number of refugees admitted to the United States is on pace to be the lowest since the advent of modern US refugee policies in 1980. This increase the difficulty for refugees to resettle in the United States.

The majority of admitted refugees in the United States are mainly from Africa and East/South Asia in 2015. Most of them have to leave their own countries and come to the U.S. because of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Until now, the U.S. has accepted more than three million refugees from all over the world since 1975, and half of them have built new lives for their families in all 50 states. However, there are still challenges for them to face to adjust in the U.S. beside political issue. The biggest problem for those refugees is communicating with other native speakers since most of them can’t speak English fluently with a relatively low educational level. In order to improve their English level, the U.S. government offers free ESL courses for them. Therefore, they need to find a balance between jobs and caring for kids and learning English.

The next biggest problem is that it is very difficult for them to find a stable job to afford the cost of living since their poor English skill and lack of enough work experience. Beside that, refugees are easy victims for discrimination and exploitation in the workplace. Some employers recognize the sense of urgency and desperation among these groups to keep their jobs, so they will have them take the less desirable and even dangerous roles.

 

Reference: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/29/us/refugee-arrivals-us-trnd/index.html

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/the-7-biggest-challenges-facing-refugees-and-immig/

Introduction

Hello, everyone. My name is Yifu Wu, you can also call me Joe. As a international student who grow up in the South of China, I am a tradtional Cantonese from Guangdong, Zhuhai. I love seafood since my hometown is a beautiful seaside city. I have to say that Cantonese food is the most delicious food in the world. This is part of the reason why I came to San Francisco since it is a place that similar to my hometown, and it also has many nice seafood restaurants. One of the interesting fact about me is that I can’t speak Cantonese very well since my mother asked me to speak Mandarin when I was a little boy. My biggest hobbit is roller skating which I can enjoy the speed that it brings to me. Besides that, I will sometimes do some work out and play basketball during leisure time.

As my second year studying in University of San Francisco, I would like to make more friends here! Nice to meet you!

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