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By Sidney Bellard,Mary Perrin

Sidney "Pierre" Bellard isn't a celeb, yet for an American, he has lived a most unique lifestyles. His first language is Cajun French, and of his father's lineage, he used to be the 1st to be a highschool and school graduate. His Cajun mom and dad spoke just a little damaged English and will merely write their names. No, they weren't contemporary immigrants; their ancestors were in the US good prior to there has been a usa or the country of Louisiana. whereas so much next immigrants to the USA completed assimilation inside generations, Pierre's paternal kinfolk line, because of isolation and next sharecropper way of life, took ten or extra generations sooner than one in every of its participants, Pierre, completed assimilation within the 1960's.

Travel with Pierre on his trips to 3 assimilation into 3 diverse cultures the place he encountered demanding situations similar to the language barrier, loss of kin academic values, relative poverty, discrimination and the chains of lack of confidence. ultimately, he constructed significant drives that have been antithetical to one another, drives he didn't develop into absolutely conscious of until eventually the writing of this booklet. the 1st used to be to grasp the English language and the second one used to be to accomplish literacy in ordinary French.

Except for local americans, everybody within the new international is an immigrant or descendant of immigrants. it's the author's hope that readers turns into extra conscious of their background and recognize the tough transitions their ancestors continued to accomplish the yank dream and make their lives, as they understand it, attainable. additionally, the reader is invited to find France and its humans in the course of the author's reports and impressions, stories there that experience enriched his lifestyles immeasurably. eventually, as a lagniappe (a little whatever additional) Pierre has integrated some of his own Cajun recipes. Bon appétit.

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