Growing up under both the influence of his parents’ Mexican culture and his own experience of a more modern California, Richard Rodriguez seemed to have the best of both worlds. His Mexican lifestyle was the way of tradition and cynicism, and his California lifestyle was the way of defiance and optimism. However, as he writes in his book Days of Obligation, this clash between cultures only conflicted his feelings. Rodriguez’s acknowledgement of the age and the religion of California and Mexico allows himself to explore his identity struggle. With the big age difference between Mexico and California, Rodriguez finds himself facing the paradox of Mexican rigidity or California novelty.
The Converso community changed drastically during Yonah Toledano’s lifetime. Starting at the moment when the expulsion from Spain was first announced, “Almost one-third of the Jews became conversos because they feared the terrible dangers of travel, or out of love for a Christian, or they had achieved position and comfort they couldn’t bring themselves to renounce, or they had had enough of being despised” (37). Jews who refused to convert were threatened to be killed. Sometimes when a member of a Jewish family converted, their family would say the Kaddish for them as if they had died. The conversos were not usually treated as Old Christians were.
First, Rodriguez is unknown in America probably due to the ethnic issues at the time. For example, Clarence Avant, who is the former owner of Rodriguez 's record company in America, states that "Although he looked like he was a white guy but, even still, Rodriguez, everybody knew Rodriguez, that 's a Spanish name. A Latin name. Latin music was not happening then". Obviously, "Rodriguez" is a Mexican family name.
1. Voces inocentes A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980 's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him. War is never pretty, and the film has its share of violence and stomach-churning horror. "Innocent Voices" is principally about the effects of war on children, and its current resonance (e.g., child soldiers in Iraq) is inescapable.
Midterm 1. List the elements of disparate treatment and apply them to this case. Can Janet prove a prima facie case? How would the plant rebuff these charges? Who would ultimately prevail?
Education is a privilege. It is what parents pack up and move half way across the world for. They want nothing but the best for their children, and through experience they know how important education really is. The articles, “The Circuit”, “Hecho en América” and the movie “A Better Life”, all relate through the undeniable bond between father and son and the urge to strive, through education.
Richard Rodriguez wrote “Scholarship Boy” to explain the range of conflicting emotions he felt over receiving an education while growing up at home with his immigrant parents. He enjoyed school and learned quickly, but soon he knew more than his parents could comprehend. He was ashamed of his parents for not knowing as much as he did and this drove him away from them and more towards his instructors and his books. Though his parents were proud of him, he struggled to feel anything but embarrassed of them and this affected how he viewed himself and the education he was blessed to have. When Gerald Gaff was young, he did not feel that books related to his life and that they, therefore, were not worth reading.
Family relationships are torn apart, nobody associates with the outsiders they are. Surely they, being immigrants, asked themselves if coming to America was better than staying in their home countries. Undoubtedly the answer to their questions was no. How could a poor and lonely immigrant find his life in America better than where he was? Obviously coming to America was far from being “worth it”.
Cesar Chavez was a great role model and activist for farmers with bad working conditions. He stood up to large fruit-growing organizations who would not provide well-paying jobs to local citizens. For his actions, he was given numerous awards. Cesar was born near Yuma, Arizona in 1927. He was the second of five children.
In the poem “You bring out the Mexican in me” by Sandra Cisneros, she begins to create a close relation with the reader by addressing the nameless lover as “you”. As Cisneros begins to utilize amplification by repeating “you” in every stanza; she makes an emphasis of the importance that the nameless lover has over her. To begin, by reading the title “You bring out the Mexican in me,” it can be interpreted that the deep emotions of passion that are perhaps hidden, are inevitably brought out to the light by the nameless lover. In the first stanza the word in italics “lagrimas” written in Spanish, translation in English for “tears,” makes the emphasis on the emotional aspect of crying for love.