Hispanic Culture Vs American Culture

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Hispanic Culture vs. American Culture Culture, as defined in Jon Shepard’s Sociology textbook is defined as an act of behaving or thinking, beliefs, custom, and arts in a particular society. In todays society there are many different cultures, while some are the same there are many different aspects that make each culture unique and diverse in their own way. Between the American and Hispanic culture there are many differences, but there are also similar traits as well. Whether its food, religion, language, politics, sports, family, holidays, or fashion; Americans share some of the same behaviors as Hispanics. Food Hispanic food traditions in Spain are more sacred and ritualistic than American food traditions. They eat garbanzos, gazpacho, …show more content…

They both put a very high value on family. Grandparents, parents, and children may all live in the same home together in some situations, and if they don’t, they visit one another very often. This makes the bonds within the family very strong (Spanish Culture). In Hispanic culture, the oldest male within the family has the greatest power and they usually make the major health and wealth decisions for the family. Males are taught at a young age that honor, dignity, respect, courage, and protecting one’s name are qualities that are all very important to acquire. “Hispanics have higher rates of never marrying. According to Census 2000 data, about 30% of men in the U.S. were never married; approximately 24% of women in the United States were never married. Comparatively, over one-third of Hispanic men and 30% of Hispanic women have never married.” (Hispanics and Latinos). The husbands are expected to be the providers for the family (Understanding the Hispanic Culture). The wives are expected to teach tradition and religious values while also running the household (Hispanics and Latinos). Where as in the American culture the man is known as the “bread winner” however all are equal. When spouses are having troubles, both cultures believe divorce is an okay option, however it is more common in the American culture. (American Behavior). Families in each culture are very important people in each of their …show more content…

They each celebrate the New Year, Easter, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Christmas, and All Saint’s Day. However, Hispanic countries also celebrate Immaculate Conception, Carnival, Festival of Saint John, and the Assumption of Mary (Spanish Culture). Where as in America also celebrates Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, Casimir Pulaski Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Independence Day. Both countries take holidays seriously and usually, depending on the job they have, they get the day off to celebrate.

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