Immigration and Generations: Anzia Yezierska's Children of Loneliness
The experience of immigration brings many challenges. Immigrant families are subjected to discrimination, culture shock, pressure to assimilate, and poverty. These experiences hurt both individuals and families, often pulling parents and children apart from each other.
In this Go & Learn guide, we feature a short story by immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska, titled Children of Loneliness. The story illustrates how one young woman's struggle to find her own place in American society tears her from her parents and their way of life.
- Immigration is a difficult experience that brings many challenges.
- When families immigrate, the adults are more likely to want to hold onto old traditions and ways of life, while the children are often eager to embrace the new culture.
- Learning about the difficulties of immigration can help us build compassion for today’s immigrants.
- What can the excerpt from Anzia Yezierska’s short story tell us about the effects of immigration on families?
- How are present day immigrants' experiences similar to or different from those of the characters in Yezierska's stories?
- For youth:
Children of Loneliness: Immigration, Teenagers, and Parents
- For family/congregational education:
Children of Loneliness: Understanding the Immigrant Experience
- For adults:
Children of Loneliness: Immigration and Intergenerational Stories
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "Immigration and Generations: Anzia Yezierska's Children of Loneliness." (Viewed on May 28, 2020) <https://jwa.org/teach/golearn/apr07>.