Facing challenges The desire of obtaining a college education could lead a person into making a significant decision, which could optimally transform the relationship they have with their family members. As demonstrated in Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, and in the play Real Woman Have Curves by Josefina Lopez. Both Rodriguez and Lopez are faced with an important decision when they decide to further their education. Coming from a similar family background, both Rodriguez and Lopez’s parents did not have the opportunity of obtaining a college education. Rodriguez and Lopez both desire to pursue their goals and live a better life, district from the one there parents live. The eagerness for success, and a better lifestyle draws both …show more content…
Born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento by immigrant Spanish speaking parents Richard Rodriguez, obtained a catholic education in primary and secondary schools. As a young child Rodriguez struggled adapting to an English speaking environment at his catholic school. His parents had to learn English in order to help him practice the language at home. On the other hand, Josefina Lopez’s parents were not undocumented but she was. Lopez was raised in Boyle Heights with her seven siblings. She was always encouraged to live the typical life of a Mexican woman, which involved being uneducated, inferior to the men of the household, and to get married and have children. Lopez’s views of the typical Hispanic woman were not something she looked forward to. Instead she wanted to obtain a college degree and become an independent woman. Lopez’s parents did not support her with her idea of going to college, they did not think they could afford a college education for her. In Rodriguez’s case, he decided that if he wanted to become college educated, he had to separate himself from his family, and his Spanish speaking heritage. Aside from Lopez’s parents not being able to afford a college education for her, her mother did not think a college education was necessary. Lopez’s mother did not have a college education herself therefore she though that …show more content…
The first space he mentions is the space he holds at home with his family’s heritage as a disadvantage boy, and the second space is his end point as a scholarly middle-class man. Rodriguez states, “What he grasps very well is that the scholarship boy must move between environments, his home and the classroom which are at cultural extremes, opposed”(pg. 48) When describing his two separate spaces, Rodriguez emphasizes the two language worlds involved throughout his life. Rodriguez describes the process of moving from one language space to the next as a scholarship boy; as a disadvantage boy he mentions how he spook mostly Spanish and as he became a middle class man he seemed to lose more and more of his Chicano heritage. During the process of becoming a middle class man Rodriguez mentions how he experiences shame, guilt, and loneliness, he becomes very obsessive over his education and at times misses being with his family. He mentions “The scholarship boy needs to spend more and more time studying; each night enclosing himself in the silence permitted and required by intense concentration. He takes his first step toward academic success, away from his family.”(pg. 51) By putting all his focus in studying and concentrating on his education Rodriguez tries to forget how it felt living at home with his parents. Rodriguez refers to the scholarship boy
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The novel shows how such experimentations are driven by both internal and external (community) factors. The characters trouble with not only finding themselves, but also with how to do that while remaining true to, and fitting gin with, their Dominican or Latino heritage. Oscar is ostracized for his inability to blend in with other Latino boys. His true personality, as well as his interests, science fiction and fantasy, are unable to fit the mold. In contrast, Yunior hides his personality due fear of risking rejection and alienation.
Mr. Rodriguez quit his job at the People’s Tribune at the age of 39 to dedicate his life to writing and promoting his books. All of Luis Rodriguez’ books have the same overall theme, morality and reality. He wants his writing to portray his own imagination and truths that he grew up around. He traveled all over the world as a known author and poet in Rome, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Holland, Austria, Germany, Nicaragua, and
The similarities that Jimenez and Hernandez have is they both are a part of families that are migrant farm workers and they had these astonishing teachers that helped them to attain their goals on education. Jimenez had a teacher called Mr. Lema in sixth grade that would assist him with his English during lunch every day. Hernandez had a teacher in the second grade that convinced his parents that the lifestyle that they had of moving from place to place was hurting Hernandez's education. For Jimenez I know this because according to “The circuit” it says “ In this story, the narrator, Panchito(Jimenez), tells of his difficult early years as part of a family of migrant farm workers. The rest of the month I spent my lunch hours working on English with Mr.lema, my best friend at school.”
Julio, on the other hand, lives in highly ethnically diverse Los Angeles as one of the immigrant children devoid of family ties. This immediate environment of family is what Bronfenbrenner calls the microsystem. Luis enjoyed a physical presence and handling of the eleven family members in their home. But for Julio, it was a negative experience when aspect of physical development as she just a mere immigrant without parents around to give her moral support. On a worldwide perspective, both Julio and Luis desire a better world beyond theirs.
During 1942-1964 many Mexican immigrants were “given” the “opportunity” to enter the United States in order to labor and help the United States economic industry. For many immigrants the bordering country was seen as an exceptional place that offered great opportunities but at the same time many family difficulties. The Bracero Program during the 20th century for many Mexicans was seen as an exceptional deal that offered immigrants and infinite amount of opportunities to succeed; however, in Ejemplar y sin igual we realize that the Bracero Program in reality was not the “exceptional program” everyone thought. In Ejemplar y sin igual, Elizabeth Rosas mentions that “an entire generation of children experienced uniquely difficult childhoods because
Chicano activist had such an issue with the assimialationist approach Mexican Americans took toward life in the U.S because it was forced upon them. When Mexican Americans were trying to assimilate into the United States, they were expected to drop all forms of culture. One of the main problems with how Mexican Americans were trying to be comfortable with was the language barrier. When moving into the country families and parents speaking only spanish, the English language was an intimidating thing. One thing that Rodriguez talks about in the book is that as a kid English was very hard to understand, and it made him very shy and reserved because it was something so unfamiliar to him.
In the essay, “The Achievement of Desire,” Richard Rodriguez tells the story of his education and what it was like growing up in a Mexican-American immigrant family. He explains how his main goal from boy to man was to become as educated as possible; however, he was embarrassed by his parents’ lack of education and believed it was holding him back. By the end of the essay, Rodriguez seems to have realized that although he is proud of his academic achievement, he is very lonely and desires the life he had as a boy when he was surrounded by family, love, and affection. He describes this realization as “the end of education.” Rodriguez had the idea in his head that in order to be successful and obtain as much knowledge as possible, he had to
The purpose of his body of work is to expose the problems that children of migrating experience that affect their daily life and most importantly the long term effects that it has on the child. Through looking at the perspective of Francisco, as a child, we see that he not only has external struggles, coming from his deteriorating environment, but also internal battles within himself, that lead him to have identity issues. Furthermore, Jimenez allows the reader to see the effects that child labor has, especially on children working alongside their parents in the fields. Children although are not legally allowed to work in the United States, still feel the inconsistencies that moving around, following the work has on
Confident Relationships Built on Language Wouldn’t it be exciting to grow up learning more than one language? Imagine being in Japan for a week on vacation with a group of friends, and one day decided to go to the oldest zoo in Japan, Ueno Zoo. To get to Ueno Zoo, riding the bullet train was a necessity, except knowing which line was the correct line, when to get off the bullet train, or even which ticket to buy was a daunting task. Nobody in your group has the confidence to ask the workers for help since they don’t have the knowledge of Japanese to help them.
The movie “Real Women Have Curves” tells the story of Ana Garcia, a high school graduate on her way to pursuit the American dream. Ana lives in barrio in Eastern Los Angeles, she is a brilliant student whom teacher really admire. Although she wants to go to college, her family, especially her mother, Carmen, tells her not to. In her mother’s eyes, Ana is a spoiled child who only thinks of herself. As the movie rolls along, the conflict between Ana and Carmen grows larger and Carmen turns into Ana’s biggest obstacle in achieving her American dream.
“The common denominator all Latinos have is that we want some respect. That 's what we 're all fighting for” - Cristina Saralegui. Judith Ortiz Cofer published the article, “The Myth of the Latin Woman,” where she expresses her anger towards stereotypes, inequality, and degradation of Latin Americans. Cofer explains the origins of these perceived views and proceeds to empower Latin American women to champion over them. Cofer establishes her credibility as a Latin American woman with personal anecdotes that emphasize her frustration of the unfair depiction of Latinos in society.
One of the toughest adjustments, having been born to Mexican parents, is migrating to an unknown country where traditions and languages differ from one 's own. Though many pursue an education and strive for a better life, the purpose behind an immigrant, like myself, differs from the typical American. Immigrants strive for a life that was once impossible, going to school is not only to attain an education, but to better prove that we can also become successful regardless of our traditions and skin color. I lived in a country for over fifteen years, fearing deportation, not only losing a home, but potentially saying goodbye to a bright future. Although many feel empathy for Mexican-Americans, it is undeniably difficult to truly comprehend the immense trauma children and even adults undergo upon experiencing racism and prejudice.
Although my experiences are not as drastic as hers, she inspires me to make my own decisions. As I grow, I realize more that my independence is important because I cannot rely on other people as much since everyone’s experiences are different. For example, when they were children in Guyana, my parents had to walk miles to school while I am able to take the bus to school. Although my parents and I went to school up until the same age, our experiences lead to different approaches in situations. The transition from middle school to high school was eye opening because in middle school the class would move together, whereas in high school, everyone went their own ways.
Introducing a child to a whole new language and way of lifestyle, it abruptly impacts the child without any previous notice, is like throwing a newborn in a pool and expecting it to swim back to its mother, unreasonable and irrational. In Richard Rodriguez’s “Aria”, published in 1980, which previously appeared in the memoir Hunger to Memory, presents the genuine struggles that come in hand with adjusting to a new language and culture. It emphasizes not only the social aspects of a language barrier, but the emotional and physical facets of it as well. All these previously mentioned, are a great issue that affect many people no matter age or race, it is something that many have felt and gone through, at a point in their life, thus the importance
Rodriguez stated in the first portion of his essay, “Proudly I announced that a teacher had said I was losing all trace of my Spanish accent.” He wanted to be more like his teachers and less like his parents. People started to tell him, “Your parents must be so proud!”, and all he could do was smile awkwardly. This is one of the first moments in the essay where you get the sense of Rodriguez’s conflicted feelings. He knew that his parents didn’t really understand all of his awards and they didn’t understand his obsession with knowledge and authority that he’s teachers possessed.