Immediately, when I have begun to live here, I could see the big differences between that’s countries. And I could note, compare, and contrast. For example, Life style before in Cuba was full of short comings, specially, for the young people. There are not some opportunities for then, even if they were graduated from college, it’s hard to face life in that corrupted, and destroyed society, in contrast, now in Miami, young people have a great opportunity
In Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, a young, impoverished girl with Hispanic origin, named Esperanza adapts to her new life in Chicago, on Mango Street. Throughout her time living on Mango Street Esperanza observes how other people are living around her, especially women and young girls like her. Esperanza has a variety of female role models in her life. Many are trapped in abusive relationships, waiting for others to change their lives. Some are actively trying to change things on their own. Through these women and Esperanza’s reactions to them, Cisneros’ shows not only the hardships women face, but also explores their lack of power to overcome them.
Thomas Jefferson once said,“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” This quote can be taken much deeper, with the understanding that the past is just that, history. Of course history still affects the future today, but people focus more on moving forward rather than dwelling on the past. In Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” the author illustrates the idea, using her family members’ past, other residents of Mango Street, and Esperanza discovering who she is, that while the past can make up parts of a person, it does not have to be their whole identity. Instead it can be a way in which the person can develop in the future.
Immediately after graduating high school at sixteen Allende started working as a journalist, one of the first things Allende learned was how to tell the truth through fiction. In 1962 Allende married an engineer named Miguel Frias who she later had a child with named Paula (Allende).When Allende was thirty-one a military coup assassinated President Salvador Allende her uncle and took power in Chile and interrupted the lives of many Chilean citizens including Allende’s. Allende was deeply affected because of her family’s political ties, hours after the military coup took control they began repressing people, torturing people, and killing people. Many ran away to neighboring countries but Allende did not she stayed because she did not exactly know what was going on and because she did not have enough information. Many people were now in tremendous poverty and an immense need for for some form of support, Allende wished she could do something to help those in need but she soon realised that she was only one person and could do next to nothing to help.
Constance Cortez’s book Carmen Lomas Garza examines the life and the artworks of Carmen Lomas Garza. Garza was raised in South Texas and was the child of five. Her parents were involved with the community especially with the Latino veterans. Garza’s mother inspired her to become an artist because her mother also painted. The inspirations of Garza’s works are of her everyday life and of her community. Within her painting, the audience gets a feel of what it was like to grow-up or be a part of the artist’s life. The artist’s images speak of memory and of hope. She is considered a folk Chicana artist and is widely celebrated as one of the best known Chicana artists. Garza’s images incorporate religion, tradition, and political struggle in the
“The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will” Selena Quintanilla started her singing career at about the age 8 to help support her family. Selena’s family didn’t have much money to begin with but her father saw her potential. The family business had failed and caused them to go bankrupt. They lost their home and moved in with relatives in Corpus Christi. Since losing the family business there was no income and Selena and her siblings singing was their only income, Selena lost many days of school because of the band and she dropped out after finishing 8th grade.
One thing that I have been taught in my World History classes is that humanity does not learn from its past errors. One way of reaffirming this statement/belief is with the relation between what happened during the last half of the 20th century in Boston, Massachusetts and the current crisis that we as Venezuelans are facing. Even though everything about both groups of people are different in infinite ways, our everyday problems are alike. While reading All Souls, an autobiographical novel written by Michael Patrick MacDonald based on his life in the South Boston area during the busing stage of Bostonian history, I first could relate to the author with the corruption his community faced.
The 1980s, the era of free living, independence, wild and rampant drug use, flower children, love and peace… oh, that’s the 1960s. The 1980s? The era of Reagan conservatism that challenged many of the habits and beliefs developed in the sixties; forget the hippies in fields of flowers, and shift the mindset to corporate goons on Wall Street. Shift the burning of bras in streets, to the return of classic American values.
As a child of immigrant parents, my formative years in elementary and middle school were shaped by two important factors: the environment in which I lived and my background. My parents worked hard to settle into a new life in a foreign country to provide better opportunities for our family. This meant that we had to be flexible about where we lived due to relocating for jobs, and fluid about our ideas of culture. I recall the daunting nature of moving to a new city, twice, as a child. The prospect of leaving everything that was familiar to me and forming new friendships in an unfamiliar environment was a challenge.
I was born in a country six thousand miles from here, Mongolia. The better half of my childhood was spent playing soccer in the street with the neighborhood kids. I was content, surrounded by my loving family and amazing friends, until it all changed with an abrupt decision. I had reached the age where I had to think about my future beyond high school, whether I would go to a college, and where I want to be in life. Mongolia was not the most ideal country to achieve success, thus my parents decided to move me to the United States.
Affirmed by the anaphora of repeated communal diction, there is no mistaking that his point is applicable to all. The “we”s and “our”s do more than just label his audience though; Chavez utilizes these two powerful words to assert his role within the movement, not as a leader or just an ally, but as one of the common people affected. For Chavez, the problems are personal; the farm workers’ movement and the fight for civil rights is much more than a cause he believes in: it is a struggle for justice that he has devoted his entire life to. Within his article, Chavez’s passion, developed over years of experience with hardship and resistance, comes through with charged statements such as “If we fail, there are those who will see violence as the shortcut to change”. By inserting himself into the narrative of change as one small piece and utilizing his past experience to ardently support his cause, Chavez successfully emphasizes how by working together within, the community can achieve the common goal of non-violent resistance and change for the poor
1980s Music The 1980s was a decade where many things changed drastically. The music industry in the 1980s experienced major changes, mostly due to the political and economic changes, and new trends and inventions. In the 1980s, America changed both economically, and politically.
As I ponder over my life, each memory seems identical to the other, and I find myself drifting through a reality of similar events that generate the same memories and emotions. Looking back further into my childhood includes memories of my homeland. I remember entering a new world at the age of five, where all of my later memories would be formed. This was when my family moved to the United States from Peru, my native country in the South. The complete change in culture and values truly impacted me when I first moved to Florida, and I reflect over the significant effect it has had on my character during the last thirteen years of my life.
There were many mediums that influenced the American society like music, television, and movies for entertainment for the people. Because of this, the generation gap between adults and kids grew larger and larger. Parents and adults favored contemporary music while teenagers likes hard rock. In addition, many musicians and bands became known in the 1980s like the Cure, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, A-ha, and Madonna. There were many popular activities and dances that sparked in this decade like Running Man, the Worm, and the Robot.
In the writing by Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes, she looks at the effects of an individual’s generation on the feeling of “otherness”. While interviewing first and second generation Mexicans there was a big difference in their personal feeling of acceptance in the U.S. population. “Even though the first generation did not report “ othering” experiences as often as the second generation, their narratives pointed to an understanding of the racial dynamics in the U.S.” (Viruell-Fuentes, pg. 1527) As explained in the writing, and from my understanding, the first generation of Mexican Americans immigrated to the U.S. expecting a change from their previous life. Because different way of living were expected, the “othering” experienced was in a way an expected experience for new inhabitants. However, this is not true for second generation Mexican Americans. “ The experiences of the second generation, in contrast, were characterized by exposure to explicit and pervasive “othering” messages, which made them aware of belonging to a marginalized group.” (Viruell-Fuentes, pg. 1528) Since the second generation was born in the