I come from an authentic Hispanic family, who is traditional in plenty distinct aspects. We treasure all the memories that have occurred to all of us and we laugh about the embarrassing moments we all had. We hold traditional customs and we accept new traditions as well. All of us are over protective of each and every family member, meaning that if anyone in the family has a problem we will not stop until it is fixed. To every family member, family is always first.
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. As a daughter, sister, grad student and full-time employee, I have incorporated these values into my life and honored
Being Hispanic has taught me a whole world of things. It has taught me that the world is not what you expect it to be. Going to a public school and being th minority is completely different than going to a see my cousins where every thing is different. The way we talk, the food we eat. Its all different. To me, being hispanic is probably the biggest blessing I could ever get. I love being hispanic. Being able to know that my culture is completely different than those at school. It has brought so much knowledge that telling other people about makes them want to be hispanic. Although the majority of it is happy experience, I have had my share of negative experiences. From racism or being mistreated for being the minority. Although those things do impact how I feel, I
Jeannette knows the hand she has been dealt, and it hasn’t been a very good one, but that is not going to stop her from reaching her dreams. Even Jeannette says, “whoever coined the phrase ‘a man’s got to play the hand that was dealt him’ was most certainly one piss-poor bluffer.”(55). She knows that if nothing adjusts, and she chooses to stay with her parents, then nothing is ever going to change. By creating her own destiny, in going to New York, she was able to support her family, and create a stable environment that proved to her that it was the right decision to go out on her own, and leave her parents. If you don’t challenge yourself, then life remains stagnant, and you aren’t improving or having the quality of life you wish to live. It’s obvious that this helped her to know what she wanted out in life, considering she hadn’t gotten much of that as a child. Also, when the transitions made, we become different people with different values. This is obvious when her mother discovers her newly found lifestyle. “Look at the way you live. You've sold out. Next thing I know you'll become a Republican” "Where are the values I raised you with?”(269). She has come a long way since being with her parents, and just because she does not want to be homeless, does not mean that she is not the same person. The adjustment was necessary for her to see that she had no limit, and that she was more than just the daughter of the town drunk from Little Hobart Street. Even her mother says herself,“Life’s too short to care about what other people think. Besides, they should accept us for who we are.”(157). She shouldn’t be judging other people for taking her own advice. Before Jeannette would have been obedient as a dog to her mother, but now she has developed her own beliefs, and refuses to stray from them. Whatever decisions that are made, there is always going
A.New Mexico or any Hispanic country has its cultural tradition but in this novel Rudolfo portrays multiple. First and foremost the Hispanic-Catholic, Indian-mestizo, Atheism and magic of a shaman . The conflict that occurs internally with Antonio is the search
In “Wildwood”, Junot Diaz presents a troubled teenager by the name Lola to have distinct conflicting values with her mother. Her mother has controversial Dominican norms and responsibilities. These norms are not what Lola wants to be. Her mother soon gets sick and increases Lola’s feelings to take action on how she wants to live her life. When Lola and her mom continue to carry their abusive conflict, Lola decides to run away to Wildwood. Lola does this because she is a lost soul with no foundation of who she really is. As she runs away from her “Domincaness” that she desperately needed change from, her mother finds her in Wildwood and returns her to the origin of a “perfect Dominican daughter” which is the Dominican Republic. Once there she
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.
The book, which progresses backwards in time, starting with the four Garcia girls as adults to the time of them leaving the Dominican Republic, discusses the different times in the girl’s lives that forced them to make the significant transition from little girls from the Dominican Republic to American adults. This particular novel deals with the struggle that the girls have in their new country with the struggle to fit in, a sense of displacement, and confusion of identity. Carla, Yolanda, Sandra, and Sofia were all uprooted from everything that they knew at a very young age and thrust into the unfamiliar. Because they were in a new country, with a completely new sense of social rules, they were forced to grow up a lot faster than most children would. They needed to learn to adapt to social norms in order to be functioning members of their society. An example of this would be a year after the Garcias move to the United States, Carla is walking home from school. She is stopped by a man in a lime green car. The man in the car “beckoned her to come up to the window” (126). He was naked from the waist down. After her mother called the police, Carla was too shocked and afraid of the police to fully piece together the story. However, she needed to talk to the police herself about what had occurred. This was the first in many instances where the
The book How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents can been taken through a postcolonial lens, and although it is a different perspective of analysis, struggling to understand and locate personal identity can also be indicated in this book much like The Bluest Eye. The main core issue that is faced the main daughter, Yolanda, is something known as “double consciousness”. This core issue is “a consciousness or a way of perceiving the world that is divided between two antagonistic cultures” (Tyson 403). While all four of the girls within the novel struggle through this core issue, we find it to be the most prevalent in the character of Yolanda, who in her eagerness to learn English and gather up the American culture, finds herself trapped between
Being born into a Hispanic family, I was constantly influenced by my parents, peers, and school officials to work harder than an average American kid because I was labeled as Mexican not American. My culture has strict, strong standards when it comes to having men lead the household, women bear and raise the children, and children follow the parents’ footsteps. However, I grew up contemplating to contradict my Hispanic heritage. It began with learning how to speak, write, and read English all on my own because my parents only knew Spanish. I knew my parents wanted a different future for my siblings and I, for they only made it to primary school before having to work and raise their first child. However, my family’s support deteriorated after my parents’ divorce. In addition, my oldest brother was deported to Mexico when he was 18, so my mother worked day and night to provide for all of us alone. My vigorous route to the American Dream seemed impossible to
Multicultural American writers have contributed many works of literature that we reflect on to gain insight of other origins and backgrounds of differing cultures, along with the way people from those cultures lived. These writers connect their lives to their literary works in order to present the differing cultures, mannerisms, and ways of living that they have experienced, as well as the insight to the results of their actions. Julia Alvarez, for example, has several short stories and novels that show the life of a Dominican-American woman and the connection from her works to the way she had lived her life.
If I had been in Alicia’s shoes, I would also try to appreciate the Mexican culture more since I am Mexican-American. In my family I am one of the few who doesn’t really speak Spanish and I feel left out because of it. When I was in elementary, I would always use to speak Spanish since I had taken bilingual classes, but I would struggle with all of the state exams because they were mostly in English. I eventually learned how to speak more English and be more fluent to help myself get better taking these exams. My Spanish faded and I really didn’t appreciate my Mexican culture since everyone would only use the traditions here in America and I rarely saw any Mexican culture, only when I would see my grandma. I know struggle since I now hang out
My family comes from a Hispanic heritage. My dad is from Monterrey and my mom is from Houston. Even though I am from here I get to celebrate both traditions from both sides of my family. Most of my family members are from Mexico. In our house we speak both Spanish and English. I interviewed both of my parents about our heritage and I realized that there are many traditions and customs that are very interesting and are celebrated throughout the year. Belowyou will read about interesting traditions and customs as well as what my family and I are interested in.
Nathaniel England Nikki Cruse English III 9 March 2017 Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American author who lived from 1804 to 1864. Nathaniel lived a fulfilling life, writing many books and reading many more. Hawthorne was given life on July 4, 1804. “Born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel
When I was five years of age, I demonstrated to myself industry standards to scrutinize and write in Spanish. Regardless of the way that I live in a Hispanic family I did not ponder concerning how to scrutinize and write in Spanish. My mother's side of the family is from Puerto Rico, and