Assimilation through the lens of the immigrant is shaped by experiences and self-perception of the act as having positive connotation or negative connotation. Howerer, even when an individual chooses assimilation in order to adapt to his or her new environment it is not always the case that they are accepted. In the video “Through My Grandfather’s Eyes – A Story About American Immigration and Hyphenated American” the idea that hyphened-identity is condemned as a detriment to both the individual and American Society. The video tells a story of immigrants from Europe craving the title of “American” because of its connotations of freedom and opportunity. It goes on to say that later immigrants have not had the same sentiments of wanting to be “American” but rather have aimed for the hyphen as an excuse to maintain their own culture.

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