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  • 1. La Populación Hispanica en América The Hispanic Population in America
  • 2. Resources
    • Richmond Times Dispatch
    • N.Y. Times
    • Latin Ballet of Virginia
    • Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    • U.S. Census Bureau
    • Bodega Latina,Emilio’s and Don Pepe Restaurants
    • Mary Gayoso Tapia,Corina and Ricardo Herrera,Heidi Knapik, Esperanza Soria-Nieto,Lourdes Rodriguez
  • 3. Introduction
    • 21 countries have Spanish as their official language
    • 48 million Hispanic Americans in the U.S.
    • 103 million predicted Hispanic Americans by 2050
    • By 2050, one out of four Americans will be Hispanic
    • Hispanics have a purchasing power of 1.2 Trillion
  • 4. How I studied the Hispanic Community
    • Interviewed people from 6 different Spanish speaking countries
    • Visited Spanish markets and restaurants
    • Read articles on the Hispanic population
    • Attended the Latin Ballet fundraiser mainly attended by local Hispanics
    • Researched the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 5. PREGUNTAS Questions to Research
    • Why did you come to the U.S.?
    • How long ago?
    • How were you treated when you arrived?
    • Did you experience stereotyping and prejudice?
    • Do you think one Hispanic culture is more respected than others?
    • Did you have trouble finding employment?
  • 6. Preguntas II
    • Have you found opportunities here that you would not have in your country?
    • What are some of your native traditions, customs and foods?
    • Do you continue your traditions now?
    • Do you speak Spanish in your home?
    • Do you live in a Latino community?
    • Do you attend an Hispanic church?
  • 7. Preguntas III
    • Are your children Americanized?
    • Where do you see the Hispanic population going?
    • What are your feelings when a Latino receives a high award or position such as Judge Sotomayer?
    • How do you feel about immigration?
    • Are you happy in the States and would you like to return to your native country?
  • 8. Mary Gayoso Tapia
    • From Peru
    • Arrived legally on a student visa
    • Experienced stereotyping by being “grouped with Mexican Americans”
    • Only tradition she brings with her is Peruvian cuisine – lots of potatoes, but will not eat guinea pig like the Andean region!
    • Concerned about work ethic of the majority of Latinos- senses a break down of family values
    • Education is key to success
  • 9. Corina Herrera
    • From El Salvador
    • Came here at 15 as a gift for her quinceañera and did not return because of civil unrest
    • Continues Christmas traditions and speaks Spanish in her home – three children are bilingual
    • Did not feel stereotyped because she came from an educated family and had relatives here
    • Favorite food from El Salvador – pupusas –tortillas with cheese,beans,pork and rice
  • 10. Ricardo Herrera
    • From The Dominican Republic
    • Island was too small
    • Came here for college and is in health care
    • Sees a middle class emerging in his country so less people are emigrating – social structure changing
    • Americans are stressed and don’t find time to spend with families – misses the leisure time in his country
    • Feels secure and comfortable in U.S.
  • 11. Lourdes Rodriguez
    • Came here 26 years ago from Mexico
    • Speaks little English but has good comprehension
    • Treated well, only a small amount of prejudice
    • Work was plentiful then, not now
    • Continues all traditions at home and speaks Spanish to keep her heritage alive
    • Her children are a “mescla” of Mexican and American
    • Feels sad about immigration
  • 12. Heidi Knapik
    • Parents are both from Ecuador – first generation American
    • Celebrates “ Fiesta de las Frutas y Flores” from her country
    • Mother came to NYC as a graduation present and her father followed her here to attend college
    • Only spoke Spanish when they arrived
    • Feels Hispanics lack respect
    • Teaches Spanish (K-4)
    • Belongs to a “latinas dinner group”
    • Children totally Americanized but know their roots and are proud of being part Hispanic
  • 13. Esperanza Soria-Nieto
    • From Sevilla Spain
    • Doesn’t consider herself Hispanic, but European
    • Spaniards are more respected- separates herself from other Latinos
    • Married an American
    • Other Hispanics are defensive about their heritage and she is the opposite
    • Carries on traditions and speaks Spanish in the home
    • Teaches High School Spanish
    • Doesn’t feel anything special about high achieving Hispanics because she is now an American citizen
  • 14. Conclusion
    • Hispanics are the most rapid growing population
    • Do not not assume that all Hispanics are Mexican
    • Do not assume that all Hispanics are uneducated
    • Many legal immigrants are American citizens
    • Latinos are generous compassionate people looking for a better quality of life
    • Learn, appreciate and respect their different cultures
    • Intercultural Competence is key
  • 15.  
  • 16. Class questions
    • What are your thoughts on immigration?
    • How do you feel about so many agencies having bilingual automated announcements?
    • Should schools require students to study Spanish?
    • Has anyone visited the Va. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce?
    • Can you make any helpful suggestions?