Being a child of immigrant parents has taught me so much. For example, being able to work hard for what you want. At school, I always strive to get A’s. My parent’s have taught me to never settle for anything less than a B. They know that in order for me to go to college and be successful, I not only have to get good grades but work hard to get there.
The Anglos arriving in Texas did not see the Mexicans as friends or neighbors they saw them as inferior people. This is what results of the idea of the manifest destiny. The mManifest destiny is the idea or attitude that God created the Anglo-Saxon race to bring civilization to inferior dark people. This was the main motivator of the expansion throughout history. As Anglo Americans moved to Texas, many native born Mexican Texans would be removed from their land and face discrimination.
Topic Disclosure Today I will be talking about legends in Mexico, and what they tell us about Mexican culture itself and the tradition as well as the importance behind them. Audience Link Some people Don’t see much importance of being informed about these legends, because many will see them as a made up fantasy in ones head. Nevertheless you may never know for sure when you might come across with something similar to it. Preview During this speech I am going to share with you; what legends are along with a commonly told legend that has survived many decades.
Mexican American War “... May the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend on our countries peace and prosperity…” -James K. Polk. What our 11th president meant by this is that we need to maintain good relations to bring success as this is the opposite of what Mexico wanted. In 1845, many Americans believed in manifest destiny which was the belief that the United States was destined to stretch from coast to coast. As this idea scattered through America, citizens of the U.S. spread with it.
Assignment #1 What are the implications of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo? The most important implication that was found from the treaty were the rights of Mexican-Americans. According to Castillo, “ The treaty rights to maintain their language and culture have been denied to Chicanos”. (Bixler-Márquez, Ortega, & Solórzano Torres, 29)
However, the epic poem “I Am Joaquin,” written by the poet and civil rights leader Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, gave the term Chicano a second chance; as with his poem he was able to distance, if not erase, the negative connotation of the term; and instead was able to give it the opportunity to become the identity the Mexican American community had for so long waited for. Yet, it must be acknowledged that this renaissance social identity was by many means exclusionary. It strongly emphasized an anti-racist identity, which was founded on the indigenous heritage, and as a matter of fact recognized mestizaje as an essential part of the Chicano social identity. Because Chicanos are supposed to be mestizos. Yet, this is not always the case.
Las Vegas is where I was born and raised. That doesn’t mean that I just gave up on my Mexican culture. Like many others, I have a culture that is both American and Mexican. My culture has shaped my values, perceptions, and behaviors. The culture of my family, community, and society has made who I am as a person in numerous ways.
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.
Everyone has a personal experience! One of the experience I had is the chance to go to Mexico for the first time. I was much excited to go and finally experience, myself all the things my friends and family would talk about. One of the reasons I want to go to Mexico is because I want to see how my parents grew up there and go around and explore the place. I’m very excited because I would be able to tell my friends how it is in Mexico, since we’re always talking about it.
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.
Even if I was born and raised in America, my Mexican traditions have always been present. For example, our family gathering are always huge and last the whole day. With every gathering or occasion Mexican food can always be found. One of my favorite part of having a family gathering is coming together and cooking a huge feast with my sisters, while my children play with their cousins. With all the Mexican traditions in my life it impacts the way I live and how I raise my children.
The community I grew up in central Texas celebrated my heritage, honored differences in culture, and fostered personal growth and self-discovery. My parents, with the strong work ethic they developed on their family’s farms in Ghana, encouraged my brother and me to work hard and find ways to use our skills to be of service to others, which wasn’t hard to do growing up in Austin with its many avenues to become involved and take care of the community, whether it was helping to direct families through the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park during the winter or raise money for educational programs for underprivileged kids in the area through working the concession stands at the University of Texas at Austin. It was this collaborative mindset that Austin
As a Mexican American, being Hispanic means everything I live, breathe and stand for. To me Hispanic means family, culture, unity, sacrifice and love. Growing up in a Mexican household, allowed me to embrace the meaning of family and welcome the core values that have been embedded in my heart and spirit. I am proud and honored to be taught how to work hard physically and mentally, to commit and lead in causes that are worth the fight, to sacrifice for others and to serve one another in love. Not only was I led by example of these things, but I had numerous opportunities to see it in Hispanic community and the church as well.
Culturally, family is the base of my Hispanic heritage. As a child my mother taught me that family is the most important aspect of life. I remember my abuelita and uncle visiting every Thanksgiving and telling stories about their youth, from my uncle getting lost in Yosemite National Park to my abuelita regularly being dragged by the ear to Mother Superior’s office. When she came to visit, my abuelita would always share the family albums that she had stuffed in her suitcase. With every picture there was both a story and a lesson.