The languages shift depending on the person I am talking to. When I am speaking with my parents, I would only speak Spanish. When I am presenting, participating, or talking to a teacher I speak English. When I am speaking with my friends or people who know both languages and are familiar with Spanglish that is when I would use it. Being able to shift my languages and balance them out, I become a more bilingual person as my ability to speak the languages get stronger.
When we are first brought into this world, we have no prior knowledge of our culture. Through our family we are introduced to our expected language, family dynamic, and gender roles. Our roots are a major component in diversifying humans from each other; although, our roots are able to diversify human from each other it is a powerful element in uniting the human race. In order to fully understand the cultural differences and similarities that is present in my daily life, I decided to interview Annabel Solorio--a Mexican-American. In my early childhood and adolescents, I was frequently exposed to the Mexican culture through my peers.
Bless Me, Ultima also presented the process of acculturation for Mexican-Americans, especially in the education system. Vikki Ruiz specifically mentions this process, stating “Students also became familiar with U.S. history and holidays” (Ruiz, p.266). this is portrayed when Antonio talks about one learning English only after going to school. Acculturation was an intrinsic aspect of the creation of Mexican
Hiding the fact that I, although learned to speak Spanish fluently in school, have an entirely different native tongue and can communicate with my parent in our native Igbo
Vicente Flores is 12 year old male student in eighth grade. He was born in Mexico and his native language is Spanish. He is classified as an ELL level 2 who is significantly below grade level in reading and writing. He understands and speaks conversational English, but has difficulty with the academic language. He understands simple directions and can access parts of the lessons, but needs accommodations to fully benefit from the instructional program.
I’m the first generation of my family to be Mexican -American, but I have been introduced to the Mexican culture since I was born. I appreciate the difficulties my parents have faced to make me the person that I am today even though I wasn’t born in Mexico my parents have taught me the language and the culture which I’m so proud of being part of. For others being Hispanic is actually being born in any Latin American countries which is not true at all. Being Hispanic is much more than my cultural background it actually describes how much I appreciate my culture and how I get to experience things other people don’t. I fit into the Hispanic community through the experiencing the culture first hand ,participating in traditions and planning to include my culture in my future.
The community therefore had an influx of new residents such as and El Salvadorans; Mexicans and Samoans. This created a lot of tension in the school showing a program was needed to address multiculturalism. An after school program was created to teach the students about the different cultures.
But, after he goes back to home, he decides to go a school again. It means that his thought is changed through his process of constructing identity, and probably his idea towards identity is changed, too. There is one more evidence that shows his way of thinking becomes different from before. In the last chapter, he says, "I sort of miss everybody I told about" (214). When he was at the school, he kept his individual identity by trying to be different from others and he despised other people.
Throughout my life, I have always considered my grandparents to be the foundations that allowed me to establish a sense of who I am and what is important to me; thus, my grandparents (on my mother’s side in particular) are my key ancestors. As my parents were often occupied by work when I was younger, I spent much of my childhood with my grandparents at their house in Madera, CA. Indeed, the fondest childhood memories I have are simply the moments I spent interacting with my grandparents. Past the fond sentiment my grandparents hold in my heart, I can objectively conclude that they are the sole connections I had to my Mexican heritage- without them, I would have had nowhere else to learn how to connect to my heritage. Everything from the family
The Mexican American society is rich with culture, traditions, folklore, and religion. These major influences are especially seen in the Los Angeles area. This area is rich in music, food, and customs of the Mexican culture. Here is where the majority of the Spanish language is spoken.
One of the challenges I had to face was leaving my country in order to come into this country legally. I had to change many of the things like my personality. Sometimes I had a lot of trouble trying to speak English. I went from a person who was always used to talk in Spanish with her friends and family to a girl who can to only talk Spanish when I was at home. Right after I came into this country it wasn 't even a long time and I already had to start school.
El Olvido by Judith Ortiz Cofer, covers the dangers of forgetting yours roots and culture. It emphasizes the idea that forgetting where one comes from and creating adjustments in a new setting, may be dangerous to the person. Many people are able to relate to this text, but Cofer was able to direct this to the hispanic race, as the common spanish names Jesus, Maria and Jose are used. This poem made a mood that made us feel sad and worried for the person telling the poem.
Latino blood Being Hispanic for me means belonging to a group of incredible people and remarkable traditions. I defined my culture in four major categories. One major category is Jalisco, Mexico, the beautiful place I grew up in, landmarks and traditions are important for my Hispanic culture and the most important one my education. Us as jaliscienses are known worldwide for Mariachi and the vast gamma of exquisite food. In addition, the importance of my education that ultimately defines my identity as a person of society.
t's important to remember that amongst the Hispanic population there's still diversity amongst this culture whether it is social, economic, and geographic backgrounds making them all very different depending on their family heritage and national origin (). However, there some cultural similarities that tend to bring these diverse backgrounds together. As you mentioned the Hispanic culture places a strong value on family. Large, close-knit families are common; it is not unusual for three generations to live in the same household. Likewise, Hispanics tend to have a collectivistic culture where group “activities are dominant, responsibility is shared, and accountability is collectivity, harmony and cooperation among the group tends to be emphasized
I remember sitting in the car when I asked my mom to change the “estación de radio” from 96.1 to Kiss FM and in that moment she snapped. She frustratingly asked in Spanish, “¿por qué no te gusta oír música en español? ¿ Por qué no eres como tus hermanas?” That’s when it finally stood out to me that I am not like the rest of my family.