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American Labor Force

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The image above depicts what American Anthropology considers Politics and Place and the people who are shown are immigrants. This is interesting because it allows us to see the continental United States filled with different ethnicities and ages and immigrants are part of the United States. This is a perfect example of how it’s showing that our American society has and will always be filled with immigrants. Our founding fathers where immigrants looking for a better life so why can’t immigrants come to this country to make a better life without having to take advantage of their labor. This picture shows that the United States is rich in diversity and it offers different opportunities for many immigrants. This image also shows the American flag fading in which can symbolize that our flag represents all of the immigrants that live here. According to Sally Eagle Merry’s article Law and Identity in an American Colony, she argues that “changing legal arrangements governing landownership’s and political participation produced ethnic affiliations and conflicts”. (163) Merry brings up an important point of view because immigrants in this country have always been targeted of many conflicts. They get accuse of taking “Americans jobs” and not allowing Americans work. Which I think is really ridiculous because they work in this country without having any benefits that residents have. In most cases they get taken advantage because they are illegal immigrants.
Therefore, the laws in America have made it difficult for immigrants to get the opportunity to become residents. Merry writes, “The use of legal form brings legitimacy and a state power to dominant groups who deploy it in acquiring and extending their control over wider society”. This is a way to control and monitor what immigrants are allow to do and what’s more interesting is the fact that we have more immigrants coming to America from different parts of the world and they all want a better life. Everyone in the image above are smiling and it shows how America has offered that opportunity to succeed in this country. Merry writes “the booming sugar plantation economy demanded a larger labor supply that the dwindling Hawaiian population could population… these plantation regions consisted of largely Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese labor force” (167). This quote is really important because Merry is referring to the sugar plantations in Hawaii during 1887, but we see this type of labor being use today. California is a state that offers great agriculture that can sustain the whole nation. But what’s interesting is that the labor used is the labor of the immigrants.
We need to be more aware at the fact that immigrants have and still influence our nation today. It’s just incredible at how many people do not accept that immigrants play a big role in our society. Immigrants have created an identity in our nation and it offers diversity and a way to understand the culture. That identity has created a community where their culture is expressed ad allows many people feel comfortable in a country that is filled with culture. America is one of the few countries where different cultures interact and cohabit together. Every immigrant that comes to this country wants a positive future for themselves and family. This image also brings to attention that immigrants are cohabiting in every state of our nation. This shows that everywhere we go we can see the influence it has in our society. American society is changing rapidly but the labor that immigrants offer is still the same. This shows that managements need this help because it offers products to be manufactured or produced faster. America understands that the relationship that it has with immigrants allows the progression for the country. But we need to keep in mind that these people have been targeted because they are not citizens. We need to understand that immigrants just want an equal opportunity to start a new life and America can offer that opportunity which will allow a future to succeed. We need to take in consideration about the future and how congress needs realize that immigrants are part of the American culture we know today. Everyone needs to have an open mind when it comes to dealing with the topic of immigrants. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and most of the time we assume that immigrants are bad for our society, but in reality we cannot portray the true meaning of America without recognizing immigrants and their hard work in our society. America is the land of opportunities and that’s why immigrants come to this country and we have created a community where we interact with them learn from them.

-Jesus Torres Antonio

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Anti-Aging

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The picture above depicts what in American Anthropology considers a theme in bodies and bio-politics. A young woman is the center of attention and it focuses on the face which in this case it targets the theme of anti-aging. In American Society age has always been a big part of appearance. As this picture depicts it is a “new” product from Maybelline which is a beauty product for women. It introduces a new product called “the eraser” which shows that it can erase “Crow’s feet, Dark circles, and Fine lines”. Which is very interesting is that it shows a sense of comfort because it states that this product has had “7 years of research”. Women have always tried to find many beauty products that can allow them to feel and look young. In most cases it’s believe that when a women reaches a certain age their skin starts to change. Soon their face will give them an identity and that identity will be of an older person. The purposes of these types of products are to give women the opportunity to look young. In American Society a person appearance has always been important especially in the work force. For example, a woman who looks older may not get a job when competing with a younger woman.
Therefore, products like these targets women who may be having issues with dark circles, crow’s feet, and fine lines. This offers an opportunity for women to look as beautiful as never before because they don’t have to worry about aging. They are in pursuit of anti-aging success that will forever keep them young. This brings into consideration on what Courtney Everts Mykytyn’s essay on Anti-Aging Medicine: Predictions, Moral Obligations, and Biomedical Interventions, which she argues that, “anti-aging practitioners and proponents and gerontologists as well hope to prolong a healthy young life” (501).this is very interesting because everyone wants to be young and look young but the real question is whether or not there is actually an anti-aging product that currently exists. Another point I want to bring out is the fact that this picture depicts what the new product can miraculously get rid of. An eraser is use to get rid of mistakes done and having this product compared to an eraser it’s allowing women to feel confident to buy this product and feel and look young again.
This photo brings into consideration that Maybelline is one of many beauty products that have created a product that offers this opportunity for women. But as Mykytn’s writes, “the anti-aging practice largely translates to helping patients improve their nutrition and exercise habits” (502).this is a perfect example on how these companies after products but never talk about the rest of the body and health. I don’t know what’s more disturbing the fact that woman will do anything to look young or the fact that they will try a product without finding out how it will affect their health. Many women have turn to Botox as an alternative but what’s even scarier is that many women can’t afford the treatment so they do the procedure themselves and without the proper tools and experience one can ruin their face.
What I have realized is that many women are not comfortable in admitting that they are getting older. This creates insecurity and frustration because everyone wants to seek that “fountain of youth” because they know that looking young is what American society accepts. It’s interesting that this picture is one of many that get advertises in different magazines for women. In American culture beauty has been a trend that will never get old and it’s interesting to see how experiences influence the course of life. This picture also brings into light the fact that there are women in society that are not satisfied with the way they age. It’s incredible to see what kinds of measures they are willing to take so they can be satisfied. It seems that women have become convinced with the ads that have been put out. Many ads also use people who are recognizable and may be the same age as them, and when they see that they are looking young and beautiful; women will realize that they can also reach that stage. This ad makes me think about all the women that are looking at the ad and are purchasing this product so they can finally be satisfied with their appearance. It’s incredible to see that the reasons they purchase these products are to finally reach that appearance society can accept.

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