Some other governments even exclude people from Spain to be Hispanic. Some people of the races mentioned above don’t mind being called Hispanic, but some others would prefer something else, maybe like Chicano/Chicana or Latino. That’s because they believe the word “Hispanic” doesn’t represent them. On the other hand Hispanics like Guatemalans don’t like to be called Mexicans, or Latin American, they offended because they are not Mexicans they have their own
Metaphorically speaking, Mora says she is “between the fringes of both worlds” (line 18). She doesn’t stand deep enough into the Mexican culture to be able to say she is Mexican because they wouldn’t see it that way. In the same way she cannot say she is full American because Americans see her inferior to themselves. It’s important that she uses metaphors so that the reader understands how she is feeling. As well as using metaphors, Mora uses symbols to express her point.
Nowadays, Puerto Ricans are having the same problems as the African Americans did before with the North Americans in terms of the use of English. Something similar is happening to Puerto Rican society and their education towards English. North American people think we do not know how to speak it because we are stupid and not clever. We can speak it, not like them, but we can communicate with them. The main reason for a language is to communicate.
If in order to become an American, one must be brought up with one ethnicity, not two. This is how the narrator viewed the American identity as. Race and ethnicity takes into part as the factors that led to the exclusion in this text. The narrator of this text feels like she is being excluded from the American society simply because she is part of more than one ethnicity. Just like on page 230, she stated, “As my life began in my father’s country it may end in my mother’s.” She had to decide if the way to defined the American identity was having the option to choose what one wishes.
The author gives us three ways we can stop stereotyping people. My grandmother believed that all hispanic people are illiterate, dark colored and dangerous. I didn’t understand why she believed this; she didn’t even meet many hispanic people. I have never heard my grandmother say anything positive about hispanic people until my mother was part of the family. She must have seen or heard something negative said about hispanic people and now judges all hispanic people the same way.
Just from the way she tells Honest Sancho to pronounce her name the audience can conclude that in some way she does not identify with her own culture. Miss Jimenez has gone against her ethnic identity to fit in with what is American and what is culturally accepted in America.
It’s incredibly sad how some mothers could care less for their children and just abandon them so that they can just run off living the life they should have lived before having a family. Through out the book A Place to Stand, by Jimmy Santiago Baca he explains how his mother eventually started changing and becoming someone she wasn’t while dating a guy named Richard. Eventually Richard begins to tell the kids they have to change their ways in which they eat and speak but also their mother tried changing Jimmy, Mieyo, and Martina to look and act like white children. Their mother decides that it would be best to abandon her children and run off with Richard and start new life. Jimmy and his brother and sister were left with broken hearts and
The Guatemalan Civil War saw an increase of violence due to an increase in insurgency and repression. Regular civilians were directly impacted by this increase in violence. Although civilians, neither rebel or government, had little to do with the war, it forced them to leave their home and immigrate to America. After Enrique and Rosa’s father is murdered during a meeting to organize and protest for labor rights, and their mother disappears (assumed to be murdered as well), decide that in order to save their own lives, must leave their beloved town to immigrate to America. Along the road they find some that are willing to help, and others that just want to rob them of the small amount of money that they have.
Communication is first step of living in a new culture, by looking through Coffers’ mother, she fears joining the American culture, because communication is the way to create culture and she is afraid to learn it. But the satirical thing is Coffer thinks she is a real American, and not a Puerto Rican, she even feels shame to speak Spanish. It is a serious problem for new generations to realize what is right for us to changing and assimilating what is wrong for us to make a self examination. Between dual cultures there have many concepts for difference generation to comparing and learning. Coffer’s father whom decided to leave their home from Puerto Rico to United Stat for making their future better by have a well paying job
It is derived from misunderstanding and miscommunication. Latin Americans should not have to accept assimilation into American society, nor should Americans try to force it upon them. To solve the disagreements and weed out discrimination, the two cultures must become interdependent (Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond, 2011, p. 217) and learn to not only exist harmoniously, but to depend upon each other. While many of the prejudices that once existed towards Latin Americans have been eradicated from our society, there remains the conflict of racism and of hesitation to allow citizenship to those who would come here searching for their own “American dream.” As it was stated earlier, the United States declared their own independence under the precedence that all of mankind was inclined to the same unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For those of us who belong to the American culture, it is our responsibility to uphold this belief and make room for those who seek the same opportunities as