Ethiopian Americans and the challenges they face

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Challenges of Ethiopian Americans

It seems that almost every family in Ethiopia has at least one member living in America. Since the time of the repressive socialist regime which ruled the country for 17 years, many Ethiopians have fled to different parts of the developed world and most of all to a dreamland, America. Even as i am writing this article it is a great achievement for most Ethiopians to migrate to America. Many Ethiopian Americans live and try to prosper through different challenges and that is what my article is aimed at.

I don't remember the year when the famous DV lottery started but it remained to be a "God sent miracle" to many, as they were able to migrate to a land of dreams, America, just as a matter of luck. It is a great sensation and wonder to see an Ethiopian man or woman who happen to get the DV lottery. Age is no barrier here, i have witnessed elderly people just stuffing their luggage to go to America. So now there are many Ethiopian-Americans in the united states, but their roots still in motherland.

Ethiopian Americans may be misunderstood by their family

The biggest misconception of many who live in the developing world is that the developed world is such an easy place to earn much money. Many have paid the highest price they can pay just to migrate. They don't seem to consider that life could be hard there too. There are lots of obstacles and barriers that any Ethiopian American, or any immigrant for that matter, faces when going abroad.

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Ethiopian Americans and the English language

English language is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome when you go to English-speaking countries like America. But wait a minute, haven't we all been educated in English since high school? Yeah, but if you think that is good enough to enable you to communicate effectively in a highly developed country as America, forget it. It is just unthinkable. I would like to refer you to Meskerem Bekele's comedy about this issue. You probably have seen it, and he has made such a great point in exposing the dark-secret of the life of Ethiopian Americans. If you can't speak any language effectively, you already are discriminated. No body may have discriminated you, but you are not confident to go and have friends, get together with them and do lots of things we normally do in a society. What if we try to study and improve our English language skills? Possible, but takes time and money too. It is my understanding that whatever we try to improve our English speaking skill, it wouldn't come close to the natural speakers. You may have your own opinion though.

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Would Ethiopian Americans ever change their culture?

We all grow up in a specific culture and once we mature in it, it is very hard to change. This remains to be true to all Ethiopian Americans or any immigrant who migrated to another country as a matured person. There are so many cultural issues that immigrants face like social living, religion, politics, way of interacting with others, celebrations, and food. You think we should abandon our culture and be a complete American? That will only happen to children who are born to Ethiopian American immigrants. But the children have also difficult time adjusting and choosing which culture to follow. One way the see that they are Ethiopians, and the other way they know that they are not. One of the significant cultural trait of Ethiopian Americans is the famous flat bread "Injera". Injera is well and alive in America, there are reports that Teff is being in high demand for a glutte-free diet variety.

Colour of the skin

Black Ethiopian Americans?

The colour of our skin shouldn't be a standard for what we can accomplish. It is a paradoxical thing anyway. Black is usually misrepresented. Some of us still believe that the devil is black. Though America has the first black president now, colour is still an issue among some native citizens. I say Ethiopians are of different breed, they haven't experienced colonization as many African countries do and they don't think they are Black. You can comment on this if you have a different understanding about Ethiopians being black. Most African Americans are mentioned as "black Americans", hence colour is an issue. Why would all media outlets still say "Obama is the first Black American President"? Shouldn't it just be "Obama the 44th president of the United states"?

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Ethiopian Americans seen as money-machines

What do you expect from a family who thinks one of their own has gone to a wonderland and is soon to send a stream of cash flow so that they may start to live a relaxed life? No wonder many expect a regular help. An Ethiopian American who is struggling to meet ends met in his new home country has to pace the ground on how to satisfy the need back home. So some prefer to just vanish, i mean no phone calls, no letters, no money transfers, no nothing. I am not Ethiopian American, however i know many prefer to just disappear. There are few who just try to keep up but most of them have been converted to the western style of life, social isolation.

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Comments 3 comments

alex 5 years ago

well in ethiopia to migrate to the developed world is taken as a pride, even immigrant(diaspora's) have lots of pride as they think they have better opertunities as immigirnats and talk a lot about there flasshy life abroad with out metntioning the hard parts this with the economic situation in the country is making create a generation which ultimately think migration is the only soloution to success!!!!!!!!!!

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awle 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for the honest response alex. I appreciate your comment. Life in the west is good actually but it will be hard when you migrate after you are a grown up, and have to start life from scratch again...i wish all will understand this.

Gelana seid 5 years ago

U wrote down what always come to my mind. Thank you!

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