Victor Rios, author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Youths grew up in Oakland, California. During his childhood there he had an experience that made him return to Oakland to question and study the current issues that the youth’s their face. At the age of 14 he had joined a gang, he did this mostly for protection from other gangs and threats in the area, and during his time in the gang he met another kid named “smiley,” nicknamed because of his knack to smile during every situation, good or bad. Rios would become good friends with him, and even steal a car for him to use as a home at one point when he was kicked out of his own home. Although this would eventually lead to one of his first encounters with bad police officers, as he was severely beaten for what he had done.
Always Running is a memoir written by Luis Rodriguez about caution gang life in East Los Angeles. Fiction needs (or needs not to be) included in the curriculum because it has important information on how it could change someone life in a gang trying to change it all around. The message of the book is that gang and violence lead us to nowhere. Gang’s are all over the world with people mostly dying because of gangs and drugs handed out and arrested for being in a gang to many people aren’t doing the time but they can do the crime. Many people have life issue dealing with gang’s around their neighborhood hearing gunshot everyday but no one saying anything.
The informative speeches delivered from my peers were about the community as of where the majority of us come from or a place where my peers call home. I learned many interesting things. For example, how El Dia de Los Muertos is a very special event mostly taken in Aguas Calientes or just in general in Mexico but is still celebrated in the United States. I learned how “Papel Picado” is a famous thing they do for El Dia de Los Muertos and how people can decorate Papel Picado such as making skulls or others designs that represent death. Also, how here at Csun they have a Dia de Los Muertos event that takes up to three days in honor to those who have departed.
Being a child of immigrant parents is not easy. You are constantly living in the fear that one day you’ll wake up and you parents won’t be there with you anymore. Specially now that we have a new president, things are getting more challenging. But don’t get me wrong, I live a happy life. I am proud to call myself a Latina.
In the introduction to Days of Obligation by Richard Rodriguez, Rodriguez encaptures the differences of societies within the nation of Mexico and state of California, both of which he is familiar with. Rodriguez informs the readers through different stylistic devices on the tragic society that is Mexico and comedy of California. Its is targeted to general audience as he simply contemplates the differences between comedy and tragedy which he talks about as if to an outsider looking in. All in all, Richard Rodriguez attempts to convey the wisdom of both comedic and tragic societies and just how different they are. Rodriguez throughout out the introduction states differences in culture and identity within the two different societies.
Masculinity/femininity and Mexican Culture In the Mexican family, "familismo" describes family pride, loyalty, and sense of belonging. The need for survival strengthens the familial bond, because the problem of one becomes a problem for the entire family. Despite the collectivist view of "all for one, and one for all," a distinct definition of roles is in existence within the family, with an authoritative husband-father who ideally is the breadwinner and a submissive wife-mother who cares for the home and rears the children (Kras, 1995). This statement describes the Mexican culture's belief in Mexican male superiority (machismo).
If you were ever approached by someone that you know or don’t know and they were recruiting people into their gang, all you have to simply do is just decline their request or just simply walk away. Joining a gang can lead into some serious side effects throughout your entire life. Living in this certain lifestyle can give you a higher chance of you, your family, or one of your friends, getting shot by another person. This can also lead you to go to
Based on the question given, my essay will be focusing more on the involvement of parents in early childhood education. As an educator, I find that involvement from parents in a young child’s education is something that is lacking in this day and age. The reason being for this may be due the fact that some parents may not fully understand what parental involvement truly is, some me not know what the importance of benefits to parental involvement are. Listed below are the explanations on what is defined as parental involvement as well as some of the importance, benefits, challenges and also a few suggestions on ways to involve parents.
The interviewee currently lives in America although his business is out of Venezuela. The interviewee empathized with this particular question, he reflected on his mother’s experience and what she currently goes through emotionally. His mother was raised in Venezuela and described how it was much different when she was a kid. The interviewee’s parents wanted the best for their children and knew that they wouldn’t get that in Venezuela because of the way things were then.
In Central America, some parents leave their children, and set out a journey to the United States in hopes of making a better life for them. Throughout the years, the children who are left behind eventually go on a journey to be reunited with their family. On the journey, the children acquire many character traits and skills that ultimately make them grow as a person. In the book by Sonia Nazario titled Enrique’s Journey, author Nazario writes about Enrique, a young Honduran boy, who goes on a long and strenuous trip to find his mother. In the article “Desperate Voyagers,” by Ioan Grillo, it talks on the subject of children fleeing their country due to gang violence.
The film prejudice and pride, revealed the struggle of Mexican Americans in the 1960s-1970s. In the film it showed Mexican Americans, frustration by the President discrimination and poverty. In this film I learned about the movement that led to the Chicano identity. This movement sparked, when the farm workers in the fields of California, marched on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions. This march was led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Self Revelation Through Poetry A man with nothing to lose could be considered more dangerous than a man with everything to gain. The back and forth, up and down, side to side story of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s life shows that a man fighting for survival yearns more than a man fighting for simple possessions. Prison takes a toll on people differently, but those people have to accept the fact that jail is now their home for the time being. Some may continue along the beaten path, consuming themselves with regret, anger, or denial; but, some may seek a smoother path, digging deep and figuring out how to modify their lives for the better.
I think the key aspect of viewing gangs and the young people they influence is keeping in mind how they are inducted into gangs and how they are contained in them. Now, I have never experienced this system personally. I've only seen into this world through media; which, as we know, can be wildly inaccurate and rarely provides the full story. But I think that's where the importance of Levitt's credibility comes into play.