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GEORGE OTA: If only more were like him

Letter by Karen L. Buchanan, Lakewood on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm with 4 Comments »
February 22, 2012 2:57 pm

Sara Schilling’s obituary for George Ota (TNT, 2-18) was a wonderful tribute to an American. It continues to haunt me.

Sadly, many descendants of newer immigrants have chosen not to embrace their new country. Unlike Ota and his family, few seem to me to embrace the American ethic of hard work, education and self-reliance.

Almost all of us are children of immigrants who sacrificed a great deal to come to this country at some time in the past and we continue to reap the rewards of the work ethic taught to us by those sacrifices.

Ota and his family suffered grievous discrimination and loss, yet they and their children and grandchildren became stronger Americans neither asking for handouts nor complaining. They got to work.

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  1. I appreciate your opinion about George Ota snd his hard work. However, I am sorry you took this occasion while praising him to take a cheap shot at immigrants.

    Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are working hard, struggling, providing for their families and making a better life for themselves and for our country.

    Newer immigrants are just like former immigrants. Some are hard workers and a minority few are not responsible or helpful to our nation. It was always like that and will always be like that, unlike your rose-colored dream of the past and uncalled for attack on current immigrants.

  2. SandHills says:

    Tuddo, very simplistic to make an over generalization that new immigrants are just like older ones.

    Well newer ones have very liberal entitlement programs to help the get housing, foodstamps, and medical care – none which were available in the 19th or even early 20th century to ease there burden. School systems did not have special needs programs for those whose primary language was not English. And given the political correct re-writes in our history books, new immigrants are taught more about how much is wrong with American history rather than what has been right.

    Older immigrants were forced to adapt to a culture of being an American first – not as a hyphenated American where the cultures of their home country must take precident over fully buying into the concept of simply being an American.

  3. SandHills, I lived in two different places in America where people were proud to be called German-Americans, and one where people were proud to be called Italian-Americans. In one, German was the language most often spoken, even in schools until WWII. We ate German or Italian food, the churches were in thagt language and the cultural celebrationjs were german or Italian.

    I am happy our nation has programs, some government sponsored, but most private, not-for-profits who assist immigrants of all kinds. In the past, most immigrants formed tight knit communities and kept to their own culture and alnguge much longer than they do today, unlike how you are trying to portray it.

    I am sorry that you have not had the opportunity to meet the hard-wporking family-oriented industrious immigrants from all over the world that I have, or you must have not given them credit when they were being so in you cloud of denial.

    I teach English as a second language and have been priveleged to meet a lot of America’s best citizens in those classes.

  4. SandHills says:

    Tuddo, I truly belive you are here to make an argument out of anything. You first stated there was no differences between past and present immigrants. I merely pointed out where you were wrong. You replied, actual,y restating some of the differences I provided – such as public funded assistance that earlier immigrants didn’t have, and that you have lived among immigrants very proud of their culture by hyphenating their “Americanism”. Since you couldn’t have possibly lived amongst earllier immigrants, you can not possibly be so knowlegable. Even the most famous German immigrants in England changed their family name to Windsor during WWI. And I suspect that if too many German immigrants still held as closely to their homeland as the Japanese,there may have been interment camps for them as well – but those earlier German immigrants distanced themselves from too obvious attachment to their Fatherland out of fully buying into America – not straddling the fense as many new immigrants do today.

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