This is my argument map that I have created for Cultural Discrimination in Bullying.
Due to the research that I have done recently (through Rowan’s elibrary system through the humanities section and ProQuest Central) on my topic of Americanization, I have decided to expand my topic to cultural discrimination. Landale et. al’s Does Americanization have Adverse Effects on Health? and Ahmed et. al’s A Structural Model of Racial Discrimination, Acculturative Stress and Cultural Resources Among Arab American Adolescents have been especially helpful in helping me decide to expand my topic. Landale et. al’s article explains the stressors that are placed onto certain cultural groups (in this case it was Puerto Ricans). This article explains the downsides of health effects (particularly women’s health) from Americanization and cultural changing. These people feel the need to move to America, undergo the Americanization process, and change their culture in order to be treated equally. In doing this, their overall wellbeing is compromised because they are thrown into a completely new world where nothing is familiar. This has many psychological and health problems associated with it. Ahmed et. al’s article explains that the cultural destruction of Arab American adolescents is not as great compared to other cultures. Their culture has tried endlessly to create as many safe, familiar places where they feel welcome. They have a lot of support coming from religious means and their communities. I think that they are ignoring a big piece of discrimination that is associated with Arab-Americans which is the fact that many people believe all Arabs to be terrorists.
I feel like both of these articles only voice their opinion from one side of the argument and don’t take the time to view the other side. While these people crossing to America do have some serious health problems that come along with the transition, America has the means to provide healthcare for all of those who look for it. For the Arab adolescents, I think that they are ignoring a big piece of discrimination that is associated with Arab-Americans which is the fact that many people believe all Arabs to be terrorists. I believe that to truly understand the full extent of discrimination, you have to understand both sides, the good that comes with the bad.