“Two Ways to Belongs in America” first appeared in the New York Times and was written by Bharati Mukherjee. It is about the story of two sisters from India, Mira, and Bharati, who face immigration problems with the United States such as anti-immigration bills and finding their sense of belonging in such a different environment.
In the 1960s, the two of them moved to America to achieve their goals in education. Bharati and her sister had similarities in appearance and religious beliefs but their lives ended up going down different paths. They had planned to go back to India after their education to marry. However, that didn’t go as planned. Bharati married a Canadian American man and became an American citizen, despite the culture she was born into. On the other hand, Mira married an Indian man and obtained her green card.
Over the year both sisters have adapted to America in different ways and have formed different beliefs based on their experiences, Mira wants to maintain her Indian identity, she beliefs that the immigration law should only apply to chose that to go to America after those rules have been implemented. Mira loves her country and will eventually denounce American citizenship and go back home.
Unlike, her sister, Bharati has adapted to the American community and feels like a part of it. she compares the situation in America to the one that she faced in Canada where the government turned against the immigrants. Therefore, through her experience in Canada, she understands the betrayal her sister feels; i.e., why she has already acquired American citizenship.
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Regardless of the immigrations struggles both sisters went through they remained close and they did not let their divergent thoughts get in the way of their relationship. Both sisters know that they have sacrificed their reliefs and values to be where they are and hope others will not have to go through what they have experienced.
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