Throughout generations cultural traditions have been passed down, alongside these traditions came language. The language of ancestors, which soon began to be molded by the tongue of newer generations, was inherited. Though language is an everlasting changing part of the world, it is a representation of one’s identity, not only in a cultural way but from an environmental standpoint as well. One’s identity is revealed through language from an environmental point of view because the world that one is surrounded with can cause them to have their own definitions of words, an accent, etc. With newer generations, comes newer forms of languages.
State University, mentions in her critique of ¡Yo! , “The text concludes by showcasing storytelling, especially in the case of immigrants” (Tompkins 2). These immigrant stories, that so many sympathize over for a moment and soon forget all about, are not stories but the memories of real people. The word “charm” is not a word one would identify with the stories of a brutal Dominican dictatorship. Alvarez uses the word charm to show that people always look for a happy ending when listening to an immigrant’s narration of their reality.
The intended audience for The Book of Unknown Americans are other immigrants, or foreigners living in the United States. The author seems to assume that the reader is not originally from the United States, and is Latino. Adolfo “Fito” Angelino talks about how the United States is popular with the Latinos. “We have all the Spanish supermarkets now, and the school district started those English programs. I know some people here think we’re trying to take over, but we just want to be a part of it.
The Chicana Movement: Liberation from Oppressive Structures The Chicano student movement began in March of 1968, but it wasn’t until the east Chicano high school students walked out of their decrepit high schools and began to push for changes, that the movement really differentiated itself from the previous Mexican American attempts at achieving equality. These changes were radical to the dominant White – Anglo social structure that controlled many aspects of their lives. The ensuing police repression and brutality only further reinforced the new radical trend in student ideology. A year after the walk out in march 1969, the Crusade for Justice 1 civil rights organization held the National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference at its headquarters
This article examines Rudolfo Anaya, Tomas Rivera, and Reyna Grande attempt to capture the cultural identity of Mexican American by interweaving the lives of their protagonist and that of their families with religion, spiritualism, myth, and mysticism. The author compares the internal pilgrimage of the young protagonist from Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, Rivera’s … And the Earth Did Not Devour Him and Grande’s The Distance Between Us: A memoir to find their shared identity as Mexican Americans by interweaving Spanish and indigenous religious figures. On The Distance Between Us: A memoir the author emphasizes on the way in which Abuelita’s Chinta role as the curandera gives peace to Grande after being indirectly abandoned by her parents.
The Untamed Will Strive It’s an unnerving reality that your language can cause such a state of confusion and systematic discrimination even from the people that use it. This is a truth of the world that Gloria Anzaldua shares from her own real life. Occurrences that show how one must not be ashamed by the way he/she speaks or by how others may perceive that person just based on language. Anzaldua exclaims that our language should be taken as what shows the world who we are.
This essay will seek to examine how contemporary Spanish youth identities are portrayed in the two films Historias del kronen and Abre los ojos. To fully understand the youth sub-cultures of the 90s embodied in the two films, it is pivotal to understand the historical context. Historias del Kronen is set in the 1992 post-Franco era where sudden excessive freedom after the dictatorship, especially the legalisation of drugs for recreational use from 1982 to 1992, led the youth culture into apathy and resistance towards responsibilities and morals and concurrently made the Spanish youth more inclined into trivial matters such as sex, drugs and constant partying. The –pasotismo- the characters feel, especially Carlos, is emblematic of how
“Es Un Buen Tipo Mi Viejo” While I sat on the plane, I thought about life and my newborn cousins who were born several days ago. I pulled open the window blind and looked out the window at the dark sky as we took off. I was excited to visit the Dominican Republic and started daydreaming about eating my favorite meal, “Arroz blanco con lambi y ensalada de pulpo,” I said out loud by accident. I looked next to me and notice my mom giggling overhearing what I just said. My mouth was watering with the thought of having it as my first meal When I arrived to “mi pais”, I went straight to my grandma’s house, where we ate and where my mom and I are going to be staying.
Poetry plays with your mind and feelings at the same time. I identified myself with these two poems and clearly I will say the reason of that. I am Latina and English is my second language. In order for have a brief summary of these poems I would say that “Biligual/Bilingue” by Rhina Espaillat tells us the consequences of blending languages. The author explains the difficulties of have a father that did not allow her to speak both English and Spanish in their house.
Culture is an essential part of a community’s identity, because it links individuals to a collective bond. The Americas have always contained a vast variety of cultural communities, especially in the United States. The US is known for being one of the most diverse nations in the world, housing hundreds of different cultures. Mexican-Americans display a strong sense of a cultural background, which falls as a subset of the bigger Latino culture that links all Latinos. Oral history is a major aspect on the Mexican culture, which contributes to the truth of how history in the United States actually happened.
These words by poets Aurora and Rosario Morales, Puerto Rican Americans, reveal the struggle of the average Puerto Rican. For example, most islanders do not fully understand who they are or how to present themselves when someone asks, “What is your family’s ancestry like?” or, “Where does Puerto Rico get its unique culture?” These questions spark the idea of a questioning identity. This is because the island of Puerto Rico was formed with the help of many different cultures. Are the people of this island African?
Adjusting to America How tough is it coming to America from another country? Every year, thousands of people immigrate to America alone for different reasons whether it be war or just to start a new, better life. For some, it was not even a choice whether they could leave, because the only other option was eventually death. Even with help from others, the transition from their old customs, to the American lifestyle is very hard to do. Many people had to adjust living in the United States.