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The American experience has changed year after year and is difficult culture to live in no matter what race you are. America can be known as the land of the free and of opportunity when ironically the history of America has done everything but give the people freedom and opportunity. From slavery, internment camps, and the civil rights violations America has never been able to accept everyone and their views. In the book The Buddha in the Attic written by Julie Otsuka, the story shows exactly the misunderstanding of America and what is like to have everything, but freedom and opportunity. Japanese women heading over to America to start a new lifestyle and hope for the best of opportunity the women are piled up in a mix of emotion from excitement to nervousness. The women are quickly introduced to the dark and nasty melting pot theory of immigration into America.
The theory of the melting pot in America was to create diversity and have a mixture of culture all brought into one and help create the new American people. The melting pot would be accepting of the people of all races
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“We forgot about Buddha. We forgot about God” (Otsuka 37). As religion can be a strong way of living and mean the most to someone as who they praise and live for, that was all lost for the women as they had not only lost their identity of themselves, but also their religion and beliefs. This right here shows one of the meanings of the title The Buddha in the Attic. Most attics are seen of piled up junk, and a dark gloomy atmosphere that is covered in dust and only entered in a couple times a year. The Buddha which is the God for the Japanese beliefs is placed in the attic and forgotten about. The idea of their religion was forgotten and put away just collecting dust in a dark spooky

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