All my life, my identity has been influenced by the people that share the same ethnicity, culture, and living style as I do. For me, being Hispanic means something bigger than just coming from a specific ethnicity that puts me in a certain category from the moment I was born. It’s a way for me to stand out from the status quo and be part of a group that connects back to great moments in history. Being an AB540 student, I connect to my Hispanic community by being an immigrant. By sharing the struggles and obstacles that countless people in my community face, I have become inspired to try and help others and change the way people think of undocumented immigrants.
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.
As soon as you understand more about a person, you can be more empathetic and understanding of different cultures. I come from a Hispanic and German background so I have had the chance to enjoy multiple cultures already. Yet, experiencing and learning about new cultures is important to create better more understanding
According to Samir El Morocco, the more we know about the cultures of others, the more open-minded, tolerant and global we become. This phrase does make sense. Knowing the culture of other people can help us to understand their values, beliefs, attitude and behavior. Behaviors and attitude are changeable, values and beliefs aren’t. Culture has built those values and beliefs in us.
The community in which is I find myself to be a very active ally is the undocumented community. My family and I are first generation immigrants who have the privilege of being documented. However, after taking classes in the Labor and workplace minor, I started to understand just how privileged I was. I did not know it at the time, but this acknowledgement coupled with my interest in earning about and helping the undocumented community within and outside UCLA marked the beginning of me learning what it means to be an ally. However, I have a
Although there are similarities between Mexican and American cultures based on Hofstede’s culture theory, culture differences are still exist between the two countries in terms of power distance, individualism vs. collectivism, and time management. Local employees tend to expect to be told what to do by supervisors and they try to manage a close long-term commitment to the organization (Hofstede Center, 2016). Often times, people promise that the tasks or assignments will be competed by a certain time, but their paces are usually slow. This is part of Mexican culture so the expats need to be better prepared and know what to expect (ExpatFocus, 2015). As the information we have collected, most Mexicans do speak some English, but Spanish is
Through this interaction, he/she gets to learn the new culture. IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL IMMERSION Help appreciate diversity Each group of people is different in terms of culture. Getting to live in a new area helps you to appreciate diversity in terms of culture. Through cultural immersion, you get to live, eat and participate in the activities the people in that area participate.
It is very different from other cultures but it’s still food. The cloths we wear might not be very different but the way we talk might be the biggest factor between cajuns and other cultures.
With the times, individuals from rural areas will learn new viewpoints, languages, performances, concepts and thoughts due to socializing with different backgrounds. They will become more knowledgeable and educated, which can lead to a significant development in different fields in their lives (Leung, Maddux, Galinsky & Chiu, 2008, p.172). According to Neyer & Harzing (2008) (p.10). Urban areas with a mixture of cultures help people to interact with each other 's in an easy and flexible way and overcome many obstacles that obstruct communication. People will choose different
My parents came from another country and made the American culture and way of life their own like other immigrants before them. Because of this I can deal in a unique way with cultural or racial challenges or tensions. My parents did not let their culture dictate who I am but let it be a part of who I would become. For that I will always be grateful. I hope that in the future the percentage of Hispanics in my community grows, but my experience of being such an extreme minority in a community close to a major, modern city gives me a truly unique perspective.
At my high school, most people believe that being Hispanic means you are from Mexico. As an officer in my school’s Hispanic Society, I work to educate fellow students that being Hispanic includes many nationalities and cultures. Both of my parents are from Guatemala, and my Hispanic heritage is strong. This is why I participate in Hispanic Society.
They always look up towards me and will always see me working. My parents always tell me stories how they were raised and how they had little money but they continued to work hard and are blessed with all these things. Being hispanic automatically make anything think that you are a hard worker. They may not know where you came from but know you are willing to do anything at any cost. I plan to teach my future children what it really means to be from a hispanic culture and how they should go out and proudly tell the world who they really are.
Such descriptions as democrats or republicans divided into certain areas of El Paso compose the diversity over political beliefs, thus expanding a multicultural area by taking many other opinions into consideration. Education also divides people into certain groups, not segregating them, but rather classifying them into more groups that add up into more diverse and complex organizations. Education is a good factor when talking about diversity because it directly affects the citizens’ lives and relates to whom they are and what they do. Norms and values aggregate to the list of one of the many factors that cause cultural diversity in El Paso. Every known civilization has always relied on its norms and values to make progress because of a meticulous organization that keeps peace and union within the borders of each nation, state or city.
Choosing to be a Mexican over American Today I feel more like a Mexican than anything else even though I was born in the united states. I may have papers and be American but hearing other ethnicities call my people immigrants and illegal makes me feel more like an immigrant myself. I feel this way because although I am considered an American I would much rather stand by my people and my culture. I would label myself as a Mexican-American, Latina, person of color, and as a minority. I describe myself as a Mexican-American because I was born and raised in Chicago and from Mexican descent.