Nations Identity Mexican immigrants, along with their Mexican American descendants, occupy a unique place in the story of U.S. immigration. They are known by many different names, come from divergent origins, and took widely different paths to becoming part of the United States. Millions of people in the United States today identify themselves as Mexican immigrants or Mexican Americans. They are among both the oldest and newest inhabitants of the nation. Some Mexicans were already living in the Southern and Western regions of the North American continent centuries before the United States existed.
Hispanic Americans have come to be categorized as all one group. Many fail to realize that there are many groups each with their difference and similarities. Hispanic is a term used to express some one that speaks Spanish. There are many different groups but for this paper I will specifically write about Mexican American, Puerto Ricans, Cuban, and Central Americans. Mexican Americans have had a long history with United States.
The Aztec and Mayan Civilizations in the Americas Ashley M. Carpenter Western Civilization II National University June 2, 2012 Abstract From 250 A.D. to the late 1500’s A.D. the Mayans and the Aztecs controlled Central and South America. Each was unique, but still shared a few of the same traits. Both had their own calendar system, counting system, and Polytheistic religious beliefs along with similar temples built to worship their deities. While the Aztecs were the most prominent users of human sacrifice, the Mayans also participated in such rituals. A few differences between these civilizations were the social structure, natural resources, and differing cultural strengths.
These major influences are especially seen in the Southwestern region of the United States. The Southwest locality is an area rich in the oral traditions of legends and jokes, music, food, beliefs, and customs. It is here that Spanish is spoken and the Spanish/Mexican folkways still mold the lives of modern Latinos. There are many things in the Mexican culture which have contributed to the shaping and molding of the modern Latino society, such as the Mexican history, culture, folklore, rituals and traditions. The culture of the Southwest is predominantly Hispanic of Mexican-American origin.
Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Spanish Americans are four of these groups that have expanded throughout the United States. Spanish is the sole language of Mexicans. Mexican Americans speak a slang dialect and varies depending on the amount of time in the United States and how much education he or she has. Most Mexicans migrate to America in the surrounding states of Mexico. Mexicans traditionally have bigger families, but over the years the rate has declined.
Economic changes are slowly taking place to accommodate the intermixing of cultures. The city of Oakland, California passed a rule in April of 2001 that required applicants for most city jobs to be proficient in at least two languages. Businesses are faced with many hard choices in dealing with the diversity in cultures. They have to determine how to conduct business when minorities are not necessarily the minority group, when a racial category doesn’t measure race, and when so-called disadvantaged groups have more education and income than advantaged groups. When millions of people are so genetically mixed that they go beyond any racial label, it seems that change is
HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY JASON STRAWBRIDGE ETH/125 4/23/11 DAVID DIBARI The United States is a place of many different cultures. Diverse people from all over the world make up our diverse communities however; most groups still retain some of their original heritage. Hispanic Americans make up a large part of our nation and even though the people that make up this group come from vary countries all over the world, they are grouped together by their language and not their different cultures. Hispanic Americans do have many similarities however there are also vast amount differences between the nationalities that most Americans refer to as Hispanics. Mexican Americans Mexican Americans make up the highest number of Hispanics in
Historical Report on Race, Asian Americans While Asian Americans "only" make up about 5% of the U.S.'s population as of 2008, they are one of the fastest growing racial/ethnic groups (in terms of percentage increase) in the U.S. The Asian American community has received a lot of scrutiny over the years but in many ways, still remains misunderstood. As many social scientists have noted, there are two primary stereotypes that continue to affect Asian Americans. One is that all Asian Americans are the same. That is, many people are either unable or unwilling to distinguish between different Asian ethnicities -- Korean American from a Japanese American, Filipino American from an Indonesian American, etc.
In addition, as Mexico is a country associated with drug trafficking, there are concerns that Mexican migrants could be smuggling drugs into America, creating the problem of drug related crimes. The introduction of Mexican cultural traditions to America, especially in states with large numbers of migrants, have helped to improve cultural aspects of those states. Mexican themed food has become incredibly popular in America with burrito and taco fast food shops opening up across the country. The new food & music has helped to improve the cultural diversity of America significantly. With such a large number of Mexican migrants not speaking English fluently, it is now common for Spanish to be taught in American schools, widening the skill set of the younger population and improving the potential career opportunities that students may
Running head: MEXICAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES: CAUSE AND EFFECT Mexican Immigration to the United States: Cause and Effect It is estimated that approximately 850,000 Latinos immigrate to the United States each year, a number that has steadily increased by 500,000 annually since 1990. The vast influx of immigrants over the last decade is not unfamiliar to the United States. As an immigrant country the U.S. has experienced various waves of immigration since the early 16th century. Throughout history immigration has not only affected the U.S. economy and culture but the social attitudes towards immigrants as well. (OCDE 2006) In the past Americans have placed blame on immigrants for social and economic instabilities.