English 1301 DCA
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Date Created: 12/29/15
Haisam Mubarik Professor Wilson ENG 1301 Fall 2015 Minority No More I have learned the importance of getting involved in college trough freshman English class. Sitting in your room will get you nowhere. I have realized that making friends is necessary for mental and emotional health. Through rhetoric strategy, this essay will allow the reader to feel the emotions of my experiences, to understand the logic behind my actions and to believe that I am credible in saying I have joined a group. This analysis aims to prove that I have joined the middleeastern discourse community by analyzing the cultural values shared, the mutual relationship present and the horrific origin felt by myself and others in the community. I belong. For once in my life, I belong! UTA is the perfect place for me – there are people from everywhere. The discourse community I have joined is the middleeastern brotherhood. You see, I lived in nondiverse areas my whole life. My family and I moved from Pakistan when I was four. We went to Anaheim, CA, where most people are white. After seven years of the namecalling and stereotyping, we relocated to Midlothian, TX because my father was offered a better job. Midlothian was full of white, country rednecks. Now, at UTA, since there are so many different people, they are actually accepting of one another. I belong. I was away from middleeastern people my whole life, and today I am finally connected! These people understand me. For too long, my socalled “friends” have verbally and emotionally abused me. Words and phrases like “terrorist” and “gas station owner” have become the norm – I am used to them. College is the best opportunity for me to start a new chapter, and to get away from those harmful terms beginning day one. My whole life, being Muslim meant that you were an outcast…a villain, therefore I do not take the students on this campus for granted. Not everywhere are people this friendly. Classmates from childhood to my early teens would mock the fact that I was not allowed to eat bacon for religious purposes and not allowed to date. During UTA orientation, I met many fellow Muslims and Southeast Asian people, in general. I befriended multiple. From that point on, I knew I would love it here. No more of peers telling me that I am inferior to them. No more of kids saying “sorry for your loss” as if Bin Laden was my dad. No more. This discourse community really speaks to me. Every corner I look, there is an Indian or Pakistani. I can talk to them – we already have something in common, even before a spoken word. Our whole life is probably similar. They went through the same developing parts of Earth. They faced the same tyrannical governments, corruption, and unavailability of resources. I can talk to them! There must be something fortunately coincidental about our future plans that got us halfway across the globe to the same university. This helpfully avoids awkward, firststage small talk. Instead of talking to the members of this community about what the weather is like, I can talk about conversations that matter – the ones I care about. I am able to talk to a fellow Muslim about how their version of their country is different from America, and I can show them how to properly adjust. To the next point, culture in Asia is really strict so the Pakistani I am next to most likely eats Desi food, like curry or biryani, he or she most likely has multiple siblings, he or she probably speaks Hindi or Urdu, etc. (all just like me). How am I qualified to be a part of this vast group? Let me tell you. It is not about where I was born. It is about how I was raised and what beliefs I deeply hold. The entire Middleeastern community shares a certain set of traditional values that others do not. For example, family comes first. Many other ethnicities claim this but do not actually mean it. For Pakistani people, especially, family is so important that divorce is considered a sin. Also, most people have arranged marriages – weddings that benefit both families, not just the husband and wife. Moving on, dialect is very consistent with the group. Since the Middle East is all clumped up into one, denselypopulated space, people adopt other ways of life. India and Pakistan have had conflict ever since Pakistan gained its independence from them but the residents in both nations are alike. They eat the same food, listen to the same music, watch the same movies, and dress the same. I speak Urdu which is the official language of only Pakistan. India has over a billion who speak Hindi. The languages are almost the same. See the connection? A newly found Desi friend and I can communicate comically about someone else in the same room and the other party will have no idea what we are saying. This is friendship. The humor may be secretive and build a stronger bond. I noticed that a lot of foreign students are international students – they are exchange students aiming for graduate degrees or they are freshmen who are not yet U.S citizens. This is truly an interesting topic of discussion. Just by knowing that, I know what he or she has been through. Usually, with these cases, these people are firstgeneration American immigrants. That is a big deal. Families in thirdworld countries save money up their whole life to be able to go to college in the U.S so there is a great amount of pressure on them to succeed. I understand why they do the things they do. Instead of socializing and partying, they study – and I respect that. This discourse community has unbelievable work ethic and study habits, which is a good influence for me. It is a valid and logical reason to get involved with this special group. This community is truly a mutual experience for everyone. I possess a unique skill in being able to socialize in multiple languages – not only small talk, but actual conversations. Friends of mine that are international students have a hard time with this. It is very difficult learning another language that is not your own, especially in a different country. One can go only so far as to be able to communicate but what books and teachers cannot teach you is the complications of the language (idioms, customs, what is considered rude, etc). That comes from firsthand experience. I can and will help my foreign friends with this. In return, those friends help me get a taste of some roots that I have lost touch with. These human beings make me feel at home. They can assist me in appreciating my origins. The sacrifice of an immigrant is overlooked. One must leave all that they have ever known and loved to come to strange land – where they do not know a single soul. It is a huge risk due to the fact that opportunity is not guaranteed, even in the states. Average, everyday Americans will never understand this, and they will never have to. It is something only us foreigners know. This alone establishes my role in this discourse community. Half the time at UTA, I find myself speaking Urdu to my friends. I am comfortable. I belong. In conclusion, evidence supporting my entering of the Middleeastern discourse community lies within a shared struggle and sacrifice, a mutual relationship and similar way of thinking and values. It goes beyond anything anyone else can comprehend. Once you, the audience, leave your life behind, and start over with your family in personallyuncharted land, then you can tell me if I am actually a part of this community. Once you have been a “terrorist” and “MetroPCS guy” your entire existence, then you can disclaim my credibility.
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