“To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.’’ This quotation of Pauline Hanson defines how important values are, not just for one person or one community, but for a whole nation. On one hand, we have Venezuelan people, and on the other hand American people. Even though these two countries have similarities in the weather and food, there are three major differences between Venezuela and United States.
“And shall Europe, the civilized, the merchant, the lover of liberty allow an aged serpent, bent only on satisfying its venomous rage, devour the fairest part of our globe?” (1815, Bolívar)
Family is most important to us, and it’s not unusual to have Friday, Saturday and Sunday dinner at a cousins, aunties, and or grandparents’ house each week. One distinctive cultural aspect is the quinceañera; this event is to celebrate a girl’s journey to womanhood as she celebrates her 15th birthday. The celebration incudes a mass at the families church followed by a party that includes an extravagant dress for the birthday girl, food, dancing, gifts and the passing or opening of the last doll. Traditionally turning fifteen means you are no longer a child you are to pass a doll to your younger sibling if you have one. If you do not have a younger sibling this means that you are now leaving childhood things such as toys behind. Honoring this special coming of age tradition is a treasured Mexican-Latino event because it highlights the cultural values such as religion, family and friends.
In the Latino culture their family structure and spending time with family and friends is vital part of their daily life, and being in hospital may make Jacinta the feel isolate, depress and that she is missing their family structure. And, with Jacinta choosing not to eat the hospital provide food, it could be that she wants to eat her meals when the family is present. In addition, there may, also, be a language barrier when ordering her meals. The traditional in the Latino culture consist mostly of low fat, high fiber, complex carbohydrates and with a strong emphasis on corn, beans and rice (Dudek 246).
There are many aspects to the culture of any country, and a very important one is food. Whether it is a group of friends at a social gathering or a small family at the dinner table, food and drinks bring people together. Moreover, the variety of food in a country helps make it stand out from others. Guatemala is a prime example of this due to its great variety of foods and drinks.
Puerto Rico and the United States have a different type of relationship. Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States in 1898, under the Treaty of Paris after the Spanish American War.(Orellana, 2015) Since, many of the island’s customs have remained the same. Their language, their food, and their music, many of their cultural influences have remained predominately spanish related. Though the United States influences Puerto Rico in many different ways, such as American politics, where though the chief of state is President Obama, Puerto Rico has a governor who is the head of the commonwealth and makes most of the decisions. Puerto Ricans are considered American citizens, though, are not afforded the same rights that come with statehood. Such
Venezuela has evolved as an intermingling blend of African, European and Indigenous cultures. It’s culture brings a bright, colorful and lively feeling of what is now true Venezuela. Festivals fill Venezuela with music and dancing everywhere, this is one of the results of these three races blending. Venezuela is as varied as it gets with it’s music and dance. All the musical instruments have been traced back to Africa, Europe and the Native Indians; the Indigenous. Before the Spaniards and African slaves, the indigenous used carved bone flutes, clay whistles, seashell trumpets and maracas. Venezuela gets it’s name from Columbus, while on his third voyage to the New World he fell upon Venezuela. He saw all the little stilted houses above a lake
School is mandatory within the ages 5 years old, to 18. Students in Puerto Rico can pick either public or private schools. As of 2013, there were 1,460 public schools and 764 private schools on the island. The overall literacy rate of the Puerto Rican population was 94.1%, when divided by gender. www.classbase.com/Countries/Puerto-Rico/Education-System
In the journal entry Changing Values in Cuban Rumba, written by a dancer and anthropologist Yvonne Payne Daniel, explains the popular dance Rumba that originated from Cuba. I agree with Daniel’s statement that there no is racism in Cuba when illustrating Rumba as national dance. Rumba is a rhythmic dance with African and Spanish elements. In the journal entry Daniel states that Rumba is a dance of lower class black-skinned Cubans in the nineteenth century. Daniel explains that Rumba historically started as people using closets, tabletops and spoons to create their songs. Rumba began with the abolition of slavery 1886, and dark-skinned Cubans joined poor light-skinned Cubans for jobs. Instead of dividing into racial groups, they adjusted to participating together in a free people society and thus began communal gatherings called Rumba. However, the Castro government through the Ministry of Culture controls the national status of Rumba. Daniel says that the ministry controls the concerts and types of performance done by the dancers.
Augustine of Hippo, an insightful bishop and philosopher from the African Province of the Roman Empire once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” When learning more about other countries, familiar or not, you can learn about life, love, history, and many other necessary feelings/functions in life. While researching Venezuela not only was I intrigued by their history and breathtaking attractions, but by their rich culture. Life in Venezuela may not be the greatest, but no country can guarantee that. However, by looking at the background information, geography, history and culture make this country special in its own way. All of the amazing aspects of this Hispanic country make this a “page” worth reading.
Regarded as Latin America’s greatest genius, Simon Bolivar in his days was of international renown. There are few figures in history of Europe, Asia, Africa and United States who display his unique combination of strength, character, weakness, temperament, poetic power and prophetic vision that defined him. He played a key role in the independence from Spain of present-day countries of Bolivia (named after him), Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Peru. During Latin America’s struggle for independence, Bolivar led audacious military attacks against royalists and Spanish armies; one of those attacks in New Granada is considered one of the most daring in military history all over the world (Langley
A life of no freedom, human right violated day after day while you work diligently to get the necessities you desperately need. Living in a society where your word means nothing and you must support the government regardless, or you might be entitled to a certain punishment. Holding back screams of your distraught and agony from living with this burden of following a strict set of rules. Would these limitations have an impact on you at all? In the United States the Declaration of Rights states that “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government". We don’t govern our nation based on the Declaration of
The Venezuelan crisis is a social, economic and political crisis in Venezuela that started while Hugo Chávez was president and has since extended to the current presidency under Nicolás Maduro (BBC Documentary). The crisis has manifested through various economic challenges including the reduction of GDP, inflation, increased unemployment and added national debt. Social problems include poor housing, corruption, increased crime, worsening health care, hunger, and starvation. Politically, the country has been experiencing protests, most of which result in violence and the destruction of property, imprisonment and loss of lives. The current crisis was sparked following the Supreme Court’s suspension of the election of four legislators, three of