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Being A Mexican Culture Essay
Hispanic: adjective, HisВ·panВ·ic, hi–Л€spa
–nik: coming originally from an area where Spanish is spoken and especially from Latin America; of or
relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain and/or Portugal. That is the definition of "Hispanic" from Merriam–Webster, and as would be
expected, does not even begin to encompass the scope of what being "Hispanic" is. Being Hispanic means much more than a simple dictionary
definition or an encyclopedic blurb, it is a sequence of generations, a way of life, a style of expression, an identity and a point of solidarity. For some,
"Hispanic" simply means that I am absolutely fluent in Spanish or that I come from a Latin American country (although the distinction between
Hispanic and Latino should...show more content...
I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Venezuela, in the lively and incessantly colorful city of Caracas until I was eight years old. I
underwent the most important period of mental development in Caracas, meaning that my early identity and culture, my attitude towards the world
and the way I perceived the greater part of it, were largely defined by the surrounding Hispanic culture of Venezuela. Living in Venezuela, and my
entire family being Venezuelan, formed more than just my language and expression habits, it formed the way I see the world and interact with it. As
such, "Hispanic" cultures are not merely those that were colonized by Spanish and Portuguese explorers, settlers, and conquistadors in the 16th and
17th century. Hispanic cultures, and Hispanic peoples, even those who have been affected by religious and cultural (even lingual) syncretism, are much
more than that, and are more colorful and lively than that. Being Hispanic means that I can sit around with my family on Christmas Eve and eat
ayacas, pernil, and pan de hamon, while listening to jovial Christmas songs and see the laughs on everyone's faces parallel the brightness of the lights
on the
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The History of Mexican Americans Essay
In the Preface of Major Problems in Mexican American History Zaragosa Vargas writes, "Nearly two thirds of Latinos in the United States are of
Mexican descent, or Chicanos– a term of self definition that emerged during the 1960's and early 1970s civil rights movement. Chicanos reside mainly
in the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the Midwest. Their history begins in the precolonial Spanish era, and they share a rich mestizo cultural
heritage of Spanish, Indian, and African origins. The Chicanos' past is underscored by conquest of the present–day American Southwest first by the
Spanish and then by the United States following the Mexican American War" (xv). When one thinks of a Chicano one thinks of the Mayans and Aztecs,
the conquests,...show more content...
It shows the struggle and emotions of the Chicanos. Some of the murals like the mural of Mexican history and an unknown really shows all the aspect
of their history. It shows the natives, women, men, revolutionaries and the major figures in Mexican history. The home page shows a drawing that
represents the mixture of race which makes up the Chicano identity, the Native, Spaniard, and mestizo. This is a very visual history and one can pick
some of the emotions and struggle through the paintings but one needs to understand the written history in order to appreciate it better because it
makes it easier to identify especially with the major figures. Michelle Rosado makes an interesting point about the murals in the Chicano web site,
when she mentions that "one may think that this is the history of all Mexican–Americans, but it is not. The effect of certain events that occurred in
Mexican–American history on this community and California, such as the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and the Chicano Moratorium march
against the Vietnam war, is addressed. The major outcome of these events emphasized by the web site is the influence it had on art in the
Mexican–American culture. However, the history and other effects on all Mexican–Americans throughout the United states is not discussed". I agre
with Michelle Rosado that "similar to the web site it [the documentary] does not talk about the very beggining of the Mexican–American
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Personal Narrative: I Am Mexican-American
My parents always wanted to give their children the life they never had. I am Mexican–American, both of my parents immigrated from Mexico to the
U.S. before I was born. I have numerous relatives, including my older sister, who do not have the same opportunities I have to achieve success because
they are undocumented. For them, college was only a dream that could never be attained. Being the first U.S. citizen out of my entire family affected the
way I thought about life. It was expected that I would attend college because I was the only one who had access to all the resources granted to
American citizens. Although, I agreed with my family, the pressure to succeed and be a role model to my younger siblings was overwhelming.
As a child, I never realized the obstacles my family went through and why they wanted me to be the best student at the school. My parents tried their
best in sheltering me from the truth but I always knew we were struggling financially. Growing up, I witnessed my parents struggle to find jobs and a
stable house...show more content...
My maternal aunt gathered us together and we all sat on the couch. She turned to my mother and told us she had cancer. I looked at my aunt and I did
not know what to say or how to respond. Three months later, my father received a phone call from his sister telling him that my pregnant cousin,
Elizabeth, was diagnosed with leukemia and had to give birth to her premature baby. She and I grew up in the same house in Arizona and what hurt
me the most was not being able to be with her during this difficult time. When we went to visit her in Arizona, my dad told us before entering the
hospital room that he did not want us to cry in front of her. I was scared to enter. I did not know what to say to her but I knew I had to be strong. We
stayed there for the holiday season but we never celebrated the holidays, that was too
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Essay on Mexican American Studies
How would you discuss the worldviews and value systems of Indigenous peoples prior to European contact/invasion? How did these worldviews
impact all aspects of life (science, agriculture, language, spirituality, etc.) for indigenous peoples?
The worldviews and value system of the indigenous people was highly based on religion and community centrism(Cruz 2012). Religion influenced the
Indigenous peoples' entire lives, particularly their daily activities, sacrifices, geographic location and their calendars. Community centrism impacted
major aspects of their lives such as their form of rule, and whether or not they became educated.
Unlike the western european custom of going to church and worshiping on sundays, their religious values...show more content...
In addition to sacrifices, religion even influenced the indigeneous peoples' geographic location. Most of us are familiar with the image that is on the
Mexican flag; it is an eagle standing on a cactus, eating a snake. Huitzilopotchli, who was the leader of his people was told to leave Aztlan and travel
south until he found a symbol to settle down. As he was traveling, he found an eagle on a cactus eating a snake and decided that that was the sign he
was looking for; so he settled down. That now–famous image became the central symbol on the Mexican flag. This was symbolic to them because the
eagle represented the sky or heaven, the cactus represented the underworld, and the snake represented the ground. In addition, the bird eating the snake
on the cactus also represented duality, the coexistence of natural elements, as it fused together the bird which represented the sky, and the snake which
represented the ground. Duality was important because it represented the stability and equality of everything(Covarrubias 2012). The stone of the
fifth sun, also known as the "Aztec Calendar", is a widely known symbol. However, what is not widely known is that the stone of the fifth sun is
actually a religious reminder created by the Mechica/Aztecs. The four squares represent earth, fire, wind and water; and also represent the four
previous suns. The two faces in the stone of the fifth sun appear
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Mexican Immigration Essay
Mexican immigration in the early 1900's was a huge issue that impacted the United
States in areas such as urban population, employment and many other ways. The mass number of
Mexican immigrant's that migrated to the United States from Mexico was at nearly half million
in between the years of 1920 and 1929. Mexicans left their native land and moved to the United
States not only to achieve financial prosperity, but to get out of the chaotic environment that
Mexico was in at the time due to the Mexican revolution which began in 1910. Many Mexicans
that were seeking work found jobs in farming, mining, and railroad construction work this help
them in their pursuit of financial prosperity. But did Mexican immigration affect...show more content...
For the most
part this was the objective goal of the Protestant denominations, the Catholic Church and the
corporate world which wanted Americanized workers.
The year 1910 marked the start of the Mexican Revolution which pushed many Mexican
citizens north of the border into the United States. Not only were they pushed to America by the
Mexican Revolution but they were also lured here by the numerous employment opportunities
such as farming, railroad work, and mining that's could be found in Midwest states
such as Chicago, Colorado and Iowa. In a report that Reverend Robert N. Mclean did on Colorado Mexicans in 1924, he stated evidence that showed
at the time 35 percent of the
population in Las Animas County, Colorado was Mexican which amounts to 17,000 or 18,000
people. The majority of these Mexicans worked in the mining camps.
Another example of this is found in a report that was done in 1928 by Anita Edgar Jones
in which she surveyed Mexican Life in Chicago. She stated that "The Mexicans in Chicago
live for the most part either in railroad camps or in well defined colonies.... The most important
colonies are those which may be described as the Hull House colony, the University of Chicago
Settlement colony, the South Chicago Colony...." ( Anita Edgar Jones
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The History of Mexico Essay
The History of Mexico
Before the Spanish Mexico was occupied by a large number of Indian groups with very different social and economic systems. In general the tribes in
the north were relatively small groups of hunters and gatherers who roamed large areas of sparsely vegetated deserts and dry lands. These people are
often called the Chichimecs, though they were a mixture of several cultural groups who spoke different languages. In the rest of the country the natives
were agriculturists, which helped to support the more dense populations....show more content...
When the Spanish came to central Mexico, the Aztecs controlled most of the central part of Mexico through a state payment system that got taxes and
stopped them from being able to act independently from conquered tribal groups. The Aztecs moved into the central part of Mexico from the north
and accomplished a tribal story by establishing a city where an eagle with a snake in its beak rested on a cactus. This became the national symbol for
Mexico and was put on the country's flag and seal. The Aztecs started the city of Tenochtitlan in about the early 1300s, and then it became the capital of
their empire. The Tlaxcalans in the east, the Tarascans on the west, and the Chichimecs in the north were outside the Aztec Empire and they would
sometimes have wars with them. The nation's name comes from the Aztecs' war god, Mexitli.
Spanish Conquest From when Hernando Cortez took over until 1821, Mexico was a colony of Spain. Cortez first came into the Valley of Mexico on
the Mesa Central in 1519 after marching over
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The Languages and Cuisine of Mexico Essays
Mexico has 31 states and 1 Federal district which is Mexico City. While the overwhelming majority of Mexicans today speak Spanish making it the
largest Spanish speaking population in the world there is no single official national language of Mexico. The colonizers of Mexico forced the Spanish
language on the natives, but in the 1990s the government recognized 62 indigenous Amerindian languages, including Aztec, or Nahuatl, and the Mayan
family of languages, as national languages. About 6 % of the population is non–Spanish speaking, and some indigenous Mexican words have become
common in other languages, to include English. Examples are: chocolate, coyote, tomato and avocado all originated in Nahuatl.
Mexican culinary norms vary widely...show more content...
Combining this with the specialty cuisines of European conquerors (namely the Spanish) including wine, cheese, pork, beef and lamb, Mexicans have
created a food culture that combines a mix of old world and modern cuisine. It is widely believed that Mexican food is extremely spicy, but this is true
only to a certain extent.
Food Culture of Mexican Mayans
Southeast Mexico was inhabited by the Mayan Indians many years ago, and their basic eating habits were based on the fact that they were primarily
nomadic hunters by nature. As a result, they lived off the land and regularly consumed animals that roamed those lands in that time. Mexican culture
food at the time simply consisted of the meat of rabbits, deer, raccoons and armadillos. Birds were considered a delicacy and pigeons, turkeys and
quail were regularly eaten. This often included frogs, snakes and turtles.
These meat delicacies were perfectly complemented by land grown vegetables like tropical fruits, beans and corn. Corn was a basic supplement of
almost all meals, as it was widely grown in all the settlements of the Mayans, becoming an integral part of the Mayan culture. Mexican food and culture
of this time aimed at complete nutrition and nourishment of the body by providing it with all the necessary minerals and amino acids.
Food Culture of Pre–Columbian Mexican Period
The immediate period before European conquest
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The Culture Of The Mexican Culture
In our society today, culture is not what it used to be hundreds of years ago. There is no more "pure" culture. Our culture today is enriched with many
different traditions and customs that are being shared and adopted. Due to emigration and immigration, a variety of diverse customs, beliefs, and
knowledge moved with every exiting and entering human being. Thus, changing and shaping the culture of many. Throughout the world, the beliefs
and religious views of culture are dissimilar around the world. By taking the time to read, listen and learn about certain people's culture, there will be
knowledge and understanding that will be gained.
The Mexican culture is a mixture of Spanish and Aztec roots dating back to the 19th and 20th century when Spain had rule over Mexico. Their rich
heritage and inhabitance formed their culture today with pride and unbreakable traditions. Back before the Spanish had power over Mexico, it was
first occupied with an enormous number of Indian groups that varied in social as well as economic systems. Mexico was shared with the Mayans,
Totonac, Huastec, Otomi, Mixtecs, Zapotecas, and Tlaxcala's, Tarascans, and Aztec tribes. Before the Spanish arrived, the Aztec tribe ruled most of
Mexico. They built most of what is known as Mexico City due to a tribe prophecy that demanded the city to be established where there was an eagle
with a snake in its beak resting on a cactus. That became a national symbol of Mexico and embellishes on the country's flag
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An Essay On Mexican Culture
What do you think of when you think about the "Raza"? I think of the Latino people that represent their roots, their culture & their heritage in the
United States of America. Not everyone in the world can say that they are part of the strongest and richest culture out there. We in the United States
alone make up about 17% of the entire population and growing! When my mother was about 9 years old, she moved to the United States as an
immigrant.
She worked out in the fields in the northern States, went to school and learned the American ways of living. But yet, she never forgot that her true
blood was from Mexico, where she was born and raised. She always identifies herself as a Mexican, even though her father was born in the United
States. When I was a little boy, I would tell my mom that I was an American and she would get mad at me and say: "No mijo, tu eres...show more
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In a way, I was right because they are from those areas, but it's more specific. But I guess I would be also a Latino, because I am of Mexican descent,
who happens to be Mexican–American at the same time.
The other terms that labels us "Raza" like Chicano, I have never heard much of before. I understand they are a part of a community that speaks out for
the rest of us, but would that be a relationship with a family member or would it be your own self? Whatever label that we are, we are a really great
population with interesting ways of life.
In conclusion, in my own terms, I would consider myself as a Mexican–American because I have Mexican roots and I also have American root from
myself and from my grandfather. I love the Mexican way of living, like eating tamales for Christmas. I also enjoy the American way, like eating
turkey for Thanksgiving. Whatever I am, I am still really proud of my culture and the ways of life that are different from the typical life here in
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Mexican Culture Essay
Mexico is a populous country with more than 120 million people ("Mexico Guide"). 60 percent of the population is mestizo (Amerindian–Spanish), 30
percent is Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian, and 10 percent is white and other ("Mexico Guide"). According to the article, "Mexican Culture:
Customs & Traditions," Spanish is spoken by the majority, with 92.7 percent of the Mexican population (Zimmermann). This is the result of Spain
colonized Mexico during the 16th and 17th centuries. Before that, Mexicans used the Maya and Aztec languages, which explains why some small
Mexican groups today still speak indigenous languages, such as Mayan, Nahuatl and other regional languages (Zimmermann).
According to Christian Burgos, a Mexican representative...show more content...
In Mexico, women greet by patting each other on the right forearm or shoulder, while men shake hands with someone they do not know well or hug
and back–slapping with someone they know well ("Mexico Guide"). Also, when first meeting someone, you should wait until invited before using
a Mexican's first name ("Mexico Guide"). When you are invited to a Mexican's home, it would be nice if you bring a gift such as flowers or sweet
(avoid giving marigolds as they symbolize death and red flowers as they have a negative connotation) ("Mexico Guide"). You should also arrive 30
minutes late in most places as It is considered inappropriate to arrive on time or early ("Mexico Guide").
"The co–cultural communication theory, proposed by communication scholar Mark Orbe (1998), describe how language works between dominant and
non–dominant groups––or cocultural groups" (Martin & Nakayama). Mexico is a big and diverse country with many ethnic groups. As mentioned
above, some small groups in Mexico do speak indigenous languages, but since they are the minority, they have to adapt to the dominant communication
style. As a result, 80 percent of those Mexicans who speak an indigenous language also speak
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Reflective Essay On Mexican American
Mexican–American. This phrase impacts my life and the decisions I make. I'm reminded of how my dad and his 6 siblings lost their father to
cancer at a very young age. My grandmother suffered so much, yet she worked hard and I am proud to say she was an entrepreneur in Mexico.
Although it was a humble business, by selling Tupperware from house to house, she was able to put food on their table. It wasn't until my dad was 17
that he was able to come to the US to work and help his family. Their struggles have allowed me to have a smile as I complete every one of my goals.
My first goal is to help younger students by being a role model and providing college ready guidance. Two years ago, my life shattered when my
mother and premature sister were hospitalized and almost died. Throughout a period of 4 weeks, I suffered as I saw my mom in a coma and my
baby sister in an incubator. I cried and prayed while touching my little sister's 2 pound body and soon realized how fragile we were. It was New
Year's Eve when both she and my sister came home from the hospital. We had so much support from friends, family, and teachers that I sometimes
wonder what I would have done without them. Everyone always smiled at me which brought me comfort. Therefore, I learned that I have to be
strong and smile to tackle each obstacle to the best of my ability. Smiling gives people relief and hope for a great end result. I acknowledge that my
baby sister's life was saved by the donation of other
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Mexico Essay
Mexico is bordered by the United States on the north, the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea on the east, and
Guatemala and Belize on the south. It is characterized by an extraordinary diversity in topography and climate and is crossed by two major mountain
chains, the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Sierra Madre Oriental. The high central plateau between these two mountain ranges historically funneled
most of the human population toward the center of this region. Mexico features volcanic peaks, snow–capped mountains, tropical rain forests, and
internationally famous beaches. Mexico City is an enormous metropolitan area and dominates the rest of the country's culture, economy, and politics.
Nearly...show more content...
Much of northwest Mexico–including Baja California and the northern regions of the Pacific Coast lowlands–is quite arid, receiving less than 130 mm
(5 in) of rain per year. The northern Gulf Coast plains are semiarid, receiving about 250 to 560 mm (about 10 to 22 in) of rainfall annually. As on the
central plateau, rainfall increases toward the south on both the western and eastern coasts.
The tropic of Cancer, which marks the northern limits of the tropics, passes through the southern tip of Baja California and crosses central Mexico.
Much of southern Mexico has a tropical climate with distinct rainy and dry seasons; the Gulf Coast has more regular and abundant rainfall than the
southern regions of the Pacific Coast. Temperatures in these coastal regions range between 21 and 27В°C (70 and 80В°F) during the year. Annual
rainfall, which generally ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 mm (60 and 80 in), comes mainly during the rainy season of May to October. Mexico's Gulf
Coast is subject to hurricanes that pass through the region and often cause extensive damage.
The northern YucatГЎn Peninsula is hot and semiarid. Annual rainfall ranges between 500 and 1,000 mm (20 and 40 in). The extreme southern part of
Mexico, including the Chiapas Highlands and the southern regions of the YucatГЎn
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Mexican Culture From A Medical Point Of View
The author of this essay is a university student. In this particular essay, the author explains Mexican culture from a medical point of view. The topics
that are covered in this essay are all related to health and medicine. The introduction of Mexico is discussed in detail followed by how Mexican's
understand death and birth. The author also mentions about how this particular group defines health and sickness. It is also discussed about what this
cultural group does to maintain wellness. The author also throws light upon the causes that the Mexican's think are responsible for illness. Another
thing that is described in this essay is about how the healers of this society heal the people belonging to this society. Lastly, the author has explained
about how an occupational therapist should deliver care to an individual belonging to Mexican culture.
Mexico is located in North America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico is situated between Belize and the United States
and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States ( the world fact book. Mexico – location, 2015). The total area in of
Mexico is 1,964,375 square km which is including land and water (the world fact book. Mexico – area, 2015). The coastline of the country is 9,330 km
long (the world fact book. Mexico – coastline, 2015). The weather and climate of Mexico keeps varying according to the different months. It
experiences monsoon from July to early September. From
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Mexican Immigrants And Illegal Immigrants Essay
Current Issues
Many American citizens are responsible for illegal Mexican immigrants' determination to enter the United States because numerous American citizen's
revenue money, drugs, and fame as a lifestyle which makes America the center of attraction for illegal immigrants to cross the border. It is clear that
most Mexican immigrants transport an abundant amount of money payments and drugs across the U.S. border in return for more money so gangs and
cartels can earn a recognized status through money and respect. Citizens of the U.S. have impacted and altered the American social economic status in
a negative way. Most Mexican immigrants travel north in groups to cross the United States border to achieve their goal; live a better life so they can
support themselves and their family. Although there are U.S. customs and border patrol agencies that have a duty to protect and secure the border from
illegal aliens entering the U.S., some still successfully cross and enter the U.S. –Mexican border illegally. In the book The Devil's Highway, Urrea
explains the "Rules of the Game" where illegal immigrants experience a traitorous journey depending on their guides. Their country and group leader
fail to successfully support the group and citizens of Mexico. Both sides of the border (Mexico and America) should accept responsibility for illegal
transportation of weapons. The act of illegal weapon trafficking is a major crime for the U.S. – Mexican border. Border patrol agencies and
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Reflection About Mexican American Culture
Being a Latina born in America and growing up here, I was taught celebrating American culture like Memorial, Independence and Labor Day, with the
explosion of bright, colorful fireworks, the smell of fire when turning on the grill and the best part; no school! As well as celebrating Christmas and
New Years the American way, going to church, eating, and opening presents onChristmas day are holidays I've grown up to enjoy and celebrate a
certain way. It wasn't until 4 years ago I went to Mexico and realized there's more to my own rooted culture and how lucky I am to have both the
American and Mexican culture in my life realizing the generation of Mexican Americans are forming their own culture with both lifestyles.
One of the...show more content...
My grandma had then gone into her room and took out almost 10 photo albums with pictures of family members I have never seen in my life, both
young and old. She then took a black and white photo of my great grandparents who had passed away the year before. She explained to me that for
the next couple of days we would gather and remember friends and family members who have died, and help their spiritual journey, including
praying. To me it had first seemed odd I felt like there was witchcraft. It was something I wasn't used to nor never heard of before, celebrating the
dead didn't sound so good to me. The last day of celebrating there was festivals and even parades. My mom had told me "we are honoring your
great grandparents with all these festivities, it is normal in our culture and you should be proud to be present in a moment like this". I enjoyed the
rest of the day seeing all these people with colorful colors and fast painted like a skull, all honoring their deceased relatives, it was a nice community
to be a part of in the end.
As I now celebrate Halloween in America, going out and dressing up, I don't forget about "el Dia de los Muertos", although I am not in Mexico I
have brought the celebration back home, I pray for my great grandparents and other late family members and friends. I try to incorporate both cultures
in my life and I have realized that I am creating my own traditions with combining
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Pros And Cons Of Being A Mexican Essay
Most people stereotype mexicans as troublemakers, thieves, or drug dealers / cholos and
relate them to landscaping. That's not true most mexicans want to work their way into success
and not take the easy way like stealing or selling drugs, because we want to work our way into
success we will take any job because we are desperate for money that explains why most of the
time you'll see mexicans working in either large farms or in any landscaping related jobs. At the
same time I'm not saying that all mexicans are hard working so just give up and take the easy
way, since so many take the easy way this leads to many people thinking that most mexicans
are gang leaders, thieves or trouble makers. For example a couple of days we went to walmart
and we went to the self checkout , there was this old lady and everytime we go to...show more content...
On the contrast I really don't see me as looking as or acting like a stereotypical "mexican"
because I never really grew up being a typical mexican. We were never that "typical " mexican
family. We have always been the opposite of all the stereotypes that everyone says about
mexicans. I am very funny to mis amigos and to my family. I am smart in class, I try in school
and do my work.
Although There wasn't really anything that i learned from this activity because i already knew
my insecurities and that i'm not easily bothered by what people say about me, being racist
insults or spreading false rumors i did learn that some people are sensitive about their
race,culture, or just insecure about
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The Mexican Revolution Essay
The Mexican Revolution
There was a huge revolution in the country of Mexico that started in the year 1910, led by Porfirio Diaz, the president of Mexico in 1910. In the
1860's Diaz was important to Mexican politics and then was elected president in 1877. Diaz said that he would only be president for one year and
then would resign, but after four years he was re–elected as the President of Mexico. Porfirio Diaz and the Mexican revolution had a huge impact on the
country of Mexico that is still felt in some places today.
The earliest start to the Mexican Revolution of 1910 happened one hundred years earlier when two priests, Miguel Hidalgo and Jose Morelos, led a
stand against the Spanish colonial officials who were...show more content...
Diaz used this philosophy to make reasons for his policies. Diaz kept his old slogan "liberty, order, progress", but, the word liberty was removed
from the slogan. Another slogan "few politics, much administration" also became common and popular. Foreign firms began to invest in Mexico
because it became more structurally and economically stable. These investments gave Diaz the money he needed to construct highways, railroads,
telegraph lines, and new industries. The city of Veracruz used the money to create oil fields, and elsewhere the mining industry was brought back.
Mexico, fifty years before was seen as a third–world nation, became the standard for developing countries because of its high tech industry and
technology. Although these were all big steps for Mexico's economy, in the end it was responsible for the bringing down of Diaz. (Encarta 98,
www.eh.net.htm)
The people in power became rich along with the nation, however, the majority of the population in the cities and the countryside remained poor. Along
with those people, rich and poor Mexicans began to resent their trust on foreign investments. More importantly, the new generation of Mexicans was
full of political ambition, and the Diaz era had such control of the government that no one new was able to enter their league. This combination of
factors was what sparked the revolution of 1910. In 1908 US journalist James Creelman interviewed Porfirio Diaz. In the interview Diaz
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Mexican Culture Experience
For this semester of spanish, I wanted to experience the Mexican culture for myself. I wanted to taste foods, watch dancing and look at souvenirs
at a giftshop. When I had heard about the Festival of Nations I remembered that that would all be there. My mom always make me go to the
festival and after numerous years of her dragging me there, I was beginning to like it. This experience was going to be something I knew I could
write about and the festival might mean more to me now. My goal was to learn about some new countries I had never really paid attention to. I
watched how the Armenians dance, how delicious crepes are and how to dance like nobody's watching. I learned about beef empanadas from
Colombia and got to feel real alpaca hair. The Swiss make beautiful plates out of wood, and when they got hot you could smell the wood. When we got
there, we went straight for food and shopping. The day was filled with a good time and lots of newly learnt facts....show more content...
But this was new to my friend, Madie, she had never been so I was excited to show her the ropes. I tasted some new foods and saw many shops.
Personally, I don't shop but when a new culture comes my way, I can't help but be curious. I'd say we say every shop that was there. My favorite
was the shop that was from Germany, because of their hats that were on display. A favorite of mine is the dancing performances, I never know what
to expect. This year, I saw the Armenians dance and Tamil, a small place in India, perform a song and stick twirling routine. I know that I have a
tendency to get to the world stage to see amazing acts such as that
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Mexican Culture And Traditional Food Habits
Introduction
The United States has become such a culturally rich country in the last century. (STATS ON HOW DIVERSE THE US HAS BECOME). Mexicans
make up 14.5% of the total U.S population. (Ohio State University)The reason I choose Mexican ethnicity is because it's the largest minority group
there is in the United States, yet I don't know much about their culture.
Traditional food habits In the culture, there is a big influence in their food that goes back centuries their indigenous Indian background. The core foods
that are present in Mexican culture are corn and corn products. Every region in Mexico has a specialty that that region is known for. The food
preparation in the Mexican culture uses many different spices. Mexican cuisine can many times be very spicy. There are 90 varieties of chilies
that vary from very spicy to mild, which are traditionally incorporated into many recipes including desserts. Many dishes are rich in tomatoes
sauces and it 's very common to have a lot of food fried.(Ohio reports) Customarily Mexicans have four to five meals a day but when living in the
United States have changed to 3 meals a day. Every meal has carbohydrate, many times corn tortillas, a protein that may come from an animal source
as well as beans, and lastly fat. The fat that many times is used can come from the fat that is used to fry or that is used in the cooking. The economic
income has a big impact on the way a family plans their meals. A higher income family will have
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Being A Mexican Culture Essay

  • 1. Being A Mexican Culture Essay Hispanic: adjective, HisВ·panВ·ic, hi–Л€spa –nik: coming originally from an area where Spanish is spoken and especially from Latin America; of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain and/or Portugal. That is the definition of "Hispanic" from Merriam–Webster, and as would be expected, does not even begin to encompass the scope of what being "Hispanic" is. Being Hispanic means much more than a simple dictionary definition or an encyclopedic blurb, it is a sequence of generations, a way of life, a style of expression, an identity and a point of solidarity. For some, "Hispanic" simply means that I am absolutely fluent in Spanish or that I come from a Latin American country (although the distinction between Hispanic and Latino should...show more content... I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Venezuela, in the lively and incessantly colorful city of Caracas until I was eight years old. I underwent the most important period of mental development in Caracas, meaning that my early identity and culture, my attitude towards the world and the way I perceived the greater part of it, were largely defined by the surrounding Hispanic culture of Venezuela. Living in Venezuela, and my entire family being Venezuelan, formed more than just my language and expression habits, it formed the way I see the world and interact with it. As such, "Hispanic" cultures are not merely those that were colonized by Spanish and Portuguese explorers, settlers, and conquistadors in the 16th and 17th century. Hispanic cultures, and Hispanic peoples, even those who have been affected by religious and cultural (even lingual) syncretism, are much more than that, and are more colorful and lively than that. Being Hispanic means that I can sit around with my family on Christmas Eve and eat ayacas, pernil, and pan de hamon, while listening to jovial Christmas songs and see the laughs on everyone's faces parallel the brightness of the lights on the Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 2. The History of Mexican Americans Essay In the Preface of Major Problems in Mexican American History Zaragosa Vargas writes, "Nearly two thirds of Latinos in the United States are of Mexican descent, or Chicanos– a term of self definition that emerged during the 1960's and early 1970s civil rights movement. Chicanos reside mainly in the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the Midwest. Their history begins in the precolonial Spanish era, and they share a rich mestizo cultural heritage of Spanish, Indian, and African origins. The Chicanos' past is underscored by conquest of the present–day American Southwest first by the Spanish and then by the United States following the Mexican American War" (xv). When one thinks of a Chicano one thinks of the Mayans and Aztecs, the conquests,...show more content... It shows the struggle and emotions of the Chicanos. Some of the murals like the mural of Mexican history and an unknown really shows all the aspect of their history. It shows the natives, women, men, revolutionaries and the major figures in Mexican history. The home page shows a drawing that represents the mixture of race which makes up the Chicano identity, the Native, Spaniard, and mestizo. This is a very visual history and one can pick some of the emotions and struggle through the paintings but one needs to understand the written history in order to appreciate it better because it makes it easier to identify especially with the major figures. Michelle Rosado makes an interesting point about the murals in the Chicano web site, when she mentions that "one may think that this is the history of all Mexican–Americans, but it is not. The effect of certain events that occurred in Mexican–American history on this community and California, such as the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and the Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam war, is addressed. The major outcome of these events emphasized by the web site is the influence it had on art in the Mexican–American culture. However, the history and other effects on all Mexican–Americans throughout the United states is not discussed". I agre with Michelle Rosado that "similar to the web site it [the documentary] does not talk about the very beggining of the Mexican–American Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 3. Personal Narrative: I Am Mexican-American My parents always wanted to give their children the life they never had. I am Mexican–American, both of my parents immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. before I was born. I have numerous relatives, including my older sister, who do not have the same opportunities I have to achieve success because they are undocumented. For them, college was only a dream that could never be attained. Being the first U.S. citizen out of my entire family affected the way I thought about life. It was expected that I would attend college because I was the only one who had access to all the resources granted to American citizens. Although, I agreed with my family, the pressure to succeed and be a role model to my younger siblings was overwhelming. As a child, I never realized the obstacles my family went through and why they wanted me to be the best student at the school. My parents tried their best in sheltering me from the truth but I always knew we were struggling financially. Growing up, I witnessed my parents struggle to find jobs and a stable house...show more content... My maternal aunt gathered us together and we all sat on the couch. She turned to my mother and told us she had cancer. I looked at my aunt and I did not know what to say or how to respond. Three months later, my father received a phone call from his sister telling him that my pregnant cousin, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with leukemia and had to give birth to her premature baby. She and I grew up in the same house in Arizona and what hurt me the most was not being able to be with her during this difficult time. When we went to visit her in Arizona, my dad told us before entering the hospital room that he did not want us to cry in front of her. I was scared to enter. I did not know what to say to her but I knew I had to be strong. We stayed there for the holiday season but we never celebrated the holidays, that was too Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 4. Essay on Mexican American Studies How would you discuss the worldviews and value systems of Indigenous peoples prior to European contact/invasion? How did these worldviews impact all aspects of life (science, agriculture, language, spirituality, etc.) for indigenous peoples? The worldviews and value system of the indigenous people was highly based on religion and community centrism(Cruz 2012). Religion influenced the Indigenous peoples' entire lives, particularly their daily activities, sacrifices, geographic location and their calendars. Community centrism impacted major aspects of their lives such as their form of rule, and whether or not they became educated. Unlike the western european custom of going to church and worshiping on sundays, their religious values...show more content... In addition to sacrifices, religion even influenced the indigeneous peoples' geographic location. Most of us are familiar with the image that is on the Mexican flag; it is an eagle standing on a cactus, eating a snake. Huitzilopotchli, who was the leader of his people was told to leave Aztlan and travel south until he found a symbol to settle down. As he was traveling, he found an eagle on a cactus eating a snake and decided that that was the sign he was looking for; so he settled down. That now–famous image became the central symbol on the Mexican flag. This was symbolic to them because the eagle represented the sky or heaven, the cactus represented the underworld, and the snake represented the ground. In addition, the bird eating the snake on the cactus also represented duality, the coexistence of natural elements, as it fused together the bird which represented the sky, and the snake which represented the ground. Duality was important because it represented the stability and equality of everything(Covarrubias 2012). The stone of the fifth sun, also known as the "Aztec Calendar", is a widely known symbol. However, what is not widely known is that the stone of the fifth sun is actually a religious reminder created by the Mechica/Aztecs. The four squares represent earth, fire, wind and water; and also represent the four previous suns. The two faces in the stone of the fifth sun appear Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 5. Mexican Immigration Essay Mexican immigration in the early 1900's was a huge issue that impacted the United States in areas such as urban population, employment and many other ways. The mass number of Mexican immigrant's that migrated to the United States from Mexico was at nearly half million in between the years of 1920 and 1929. Mexicans left their native land and moved to the United States not only to achieve financial prosperity, but to get out of the chaotic environment that Mexico was in at the time due to the Mexican revolution which began in 1910. Many Mexicans that were seeking work found jobs in farming, mining, and railroad construction work this help them in their pursuit of financial prosperity. But did Mexican immigration affect...show more content... For the most part this was the objective goal of the Protestant denominations, the Catholic Church and the corporate world which wanted Americanized workers. The year 1910 marked the start of the Mexican Revolution which pushed many Mexican citizens north of the border into the United States. Not only were they pushed to America by the Mexican Revolution but they were also lured here by the numerous employment opportunities
  • 6. such as farming, railroad work, and mining that's could be found in Midwest states such as Chicago, Colorado and Iowa. In a report that Reverend Robert N. Mclean did on Colorado Mexicans in 1924, he stated evidence that showed at the time 35 percent of the population in Las Animas County, Colorado was Mexican which amounts to 17,000 or 18,000 people. The majority of these Mexicans worked in the mining camps. Another example of this is found in a report that was done in 1928 by Anita Edgar Jones in which she surveyed Mexican Life in Chicago. She stated that "The Mexicans in Chicago live for the most part either in railroad camps or in well defined colonies.... The most important colonies are those which may be described as the Hull House colony, the University of Chicago Settlement colony, the South Chicago Colony...." ( Anita Edgar Jones Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 7. The History of Mexico Essay The History of Mexico Before the Spanish Mexico was occupied by a large number of Indian groups with very different social and economic systems. In general the tribes in the north were relatively small groups of hunters and gatherers who roamed large areas of sparsely vegetated deserts and dry lands. These people are often called the Chichimecs, though they were a mixture of several cultural groups who spoke different languages. In the rest of the country the natives were agriculturists, which helped to support the more dense populations....show more content... When the Spanish came to central Mexico, the Aztecs controlled most of the central part of Mexico through a state payment system that got taxes and stopped them from being able to act independently from conquered tribal groups. The Aztecs moved into the central part of Mexico from the north and accomplished a tribal story by establishing a city where an eagle with a snake in its beak rested on a cactus. This became the national symbol for Mexico and was put on the country's flag and seal. The Aztecs started the city of Tenochtitlan in about the early 1300s, and then it became the capital of their empire. The Tlaxcalans in the east, the Tarascans on the west, and the Chichimecs in the north were outside the Aztec Empire and they would sometimes have wars with them. The nation's name comes from the Aztecs' war god, Mexitli. Spanish Conquest From when Hernando Cortez took over until 1821, Mexico was a colony of Spain. Cortez first came into the Valley of Mexico on the Mesa Central in 1519 after marching over Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 8. The Languages and Cuisine of Mexico Essays Mexico has 31 states and 1 Federal district which is Mexico City. While the overwhelming majority of Mexicans today speak Spanish making it the largest Spanish speaking population in the world there is no single official national language of Mexico. The colonizers of Mexico forced the Spanish language on the natives, but in the 1990s the government recognized 62 indigenous Amerindian languages, including Aztec, or Nahuatl, and the Mayan family of languages, as national languages. About 6 % of the population is non–Spanish speaking, and some indigenous Mexican words have become common in other languages, to include English. Examples are: chocolate, coyote, tomato and avocado all originated in Nahuatl. Mexican culinary norms vary widely...show more content... Combining this with the specialty cuisines of European conquerors (namely the Spanish) including wine, cheese, pork, beef and lamb, Mexicans have created a food culture that combines a mix of old world and modern cuisine. It is widely believed that Mexican food is extremely spicy, but this is true only to a certain extent. Food Culture of Mexican Mayans Southeast Mexico was inhabited by the Mayan Indians many years ago, and their basic eating habits were based on the fact that they were primarily nomadic hunters by nature. As a result, they lived off the land and regularly consumed animals that roamed those lands in that time. Mexican culture food at the time simply consisted of the meat of rabbits, deer, raccoons and armadillos. Birds were considered a delicacy and pigeons, turkeys and quail were regularly eaten. This often included frogs, snakes and turtles. These meat delicacies were perfectly complemented by land grown vegetables like tropical fruits, beans and corn. Corn was a basic supplement of almost all meals, as it was widely grown in all the settlements of the Mayans, becoming an integral part of the Mayan culture. Mexican food and culture of this time aimed at complete nutrition and nourishment of the body by providing it with all the necessary minerals and amino acids. Food Culture of Pre–Columbian Mexican Period The immediate period before European conquest Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 9. The Culture Of The Mexican Culture In our society today, culture is not what it used to be hundreds of years ago. There is no more "pure" culture. Our culture today is enriched with many different traditions and customs that are being shared and adopted. Due to emigration and immigration, a variety of diverse customs, beliefs, and knowledge moved with every exiting and entering human being. Thus, changing and shaping the culture of many. Throughout the world, the beliefs and religious views of culture are dissimilar around the world. By taking the time to read, listen and learn about certain people's culture, there will be knowledge and understanding that will be gained. The Mexican culture is a mixture of Spanish and Aztec roots dating back to the 19th and 20th century when Spain had rule over Mexico. Their rich heritage and inhabitance formed their culture today with pride and unbreakable traditions. Back before the Spanish had power over Mexico, it was first occupied with an enormous number of Indian groups that varied in social as well as economic systems. Mexico was shared with the Mayans, Totonac, Huastec, Otomi, Mixtecs, Zapotecas, and Tlaxcala's, Tarascans, and Aztec tribes. Before the Spanish arrived, the Aztec tribe ruled most of Mexico. They built most of what is known as Mexico City due to a tribe prophecy that demanded the city to be established where there was an eagle with a snake in its beak resting on a cactus. That became a national symbol of Mexico and embellishes on the country's flag Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 10. An Essay On Mexican Culture What do you think of when you think about the "Raza"? I think of the Latino people that represent their roots, their culture & their heritage in the United States of America. Not everyone in the world can say that they are part of the strongest and richest culture out there. We in the United States alone make up about 17% of the entire population and growing! When my mother was about 9 years old, she moved to the United States as an immigrant. She worked out in the fields in the northern States, went to school and learned the American ways of living. But yet, she never forgot that her true blood was from Mexico, where she was born and raised. She always identifies herself as a Mexican, even though her father was born in the United States. When I was a little boy, I would tell my mom that I was an American and she would get mad at me and say: "No mijo, tu eres...show more content... In a way, I was right because they are from those areas, but it's more specific. But I guess I would be also a Latino, because I am of Mexican descent, who happens to be Mexican–American at the same time. The other terms that labels us "Raza" like Chicano, I have never heard much of before. I understand they are a part of a community that speaks out for the rest of us, but would that be a relationship with a family member or would it be your own self? Whatever label that we are, we are a really great population with interesting ways of life. In conclusion, in my own terms, I would consider myself as a Mexican–American because I have Mexican roots and I also have American root from myself and from my grandfather. I love the Mexican way of living, like eating tamales for Christmas. I also enjoy the American way, like eating turkey for Thanksgiving. Whatever I am, I am still really proud of my culture and the ways of life that are different from the typical life here in Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 11. Mexican Culture Essay Mexico is a populous country with more than 120 million people ("Mexico Guide"). 60 percent of the population is mestizo (Amerindian–Spanish), 30 percent is Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian, and 10 percent is white and other ("Mexico Guide"). According to the article, "Mexican Culture: Customs & Traditions," Spanish is spoken by the majority, with 92.7 percent of the Mexican population (Zimmermann). This is the result of Spain colonized Mexico during the 16th and 17th centuries. Before that, Mexicans used the Maya and Aztec languages, which explains why some small Mexican groups today still speak indigenous languages, such as Mayan, Nahuatl and other regional languages (Zimmermann). According to Christian Burgos, a Mexican representative...show more content... In Mexico, women greet by patting each other on the right forearm or shoulder, while men shake hands with someone they do not know well or hug and back–slapping with someone they know well ("Mexico Guide"). Also, when first meeting someone, you should wait until invited before using a Mexican's first name ("Mexico Guide"). When you are invited to a Mexican's home, it would be nice if you bring a gift such as flowers or sweet (avoid giving marigolds as they symbolize death and red flowers as they have a negative connotation) ("Mexico Guide"). You should also arrive 30 minutes late in most places as It is considered inappropriate to arrive on time or early ("Mexico Guide"). "The co–cultural communication theory, proposed by communication scholar Mark Orbe (1998), describe how language works between dominant and non–dominant groups––or cocultural groups" (Martin & Nakayama). Mexico is a big and diverse country with many ethnic groups. As mentioned above, some small groups in Mexico do speak indigenous languages, but since they are the minority, they have to adapt to the dominant communication style. As a result, 80 percent of those Mexicans who speak an indigenous language also speak Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 12. Reflective Essay On Mexican American Mexican–American. This phrase impacts my life and the decisions I make. I'm reminded of how my dad and his 6 siblings lost their father to cancer at a very young age. My grandmother suffered so much, yet she worked hard and I am proud to say she was an entrepreneur in Mexico. Although it was a humble business, by selling Tupperware from house to house, she was able to put food on their table. It wasn't until my dad was 17 that he was able to come to the US to work and help his family. Their struggles have allowed me to have a smile as I complete every one of my goals. My first goal is to help younger students by being a role model and providing college ready guidance. Two years ago, my life shattered when my mother and premature sister were hospitalized and almost died. Throughout a period of 4 weeks, I suffered as I saw my mom in a coma and my baby sister in an incubator. I cried and prayed while touching my little sister's 2 pound body and soon realized how fragile we were. It was New Year's Eve when both she and my sister came home from the hospital. We had so much support from friends, family, and teachers that I sometimes wonder what I would have done without them. Everyone always smiled at me which brought me comfort. Therefore, I learned that I have to be strong and smile to tackle each obstacle to the best of my ability. Smiling gives people relief and hope for a great end result. I acknowledge that my baby sister's life was saved by the donation of other Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 13. Mexico Essay Mexico is bordered by the United States on the north, the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea on the east, and Guatemala and Belize on the south. It is characterized by an extraordinary diversity in topography and climate and is crossed by two major mountain chains, the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Sierra Madre Oriental. The high central plateau between these two mountain ranges historically funneled most of the human population toward the center of this region. Mexico features volcanic peaks, snow–capped mountains, tropical rain forests, and internationally famous beaches. Mexico City is an enormous metropolitan area and dominates the rest of the country's culture, economy, and politics. Nearly...show more content... Much of northwest Mexico–including Baja California and the northern regions of the Pacific Coast lowlands–is quite arid, receiving less than 130 mm (5 in) of rain per year. The northern Gulf Coast plains are semiarid, receiving about 250 to 560 mm (about 10 to 22 in) of rainfall annually. As on the central plateau, rainfall increases toward the south on both the western and eastern coasts. The tropic of Cancer, which marks the northern limits of the tropics, passes through the southern tip of Baja California and crosses central Mexico. Much of southern Mexico has a tropical climate with distinct rainy and dry seasons; the Gulf Coast has more regular and abundant rainfall than the southern regions of the Pacific Coast. Temperatures in these coastal regions range between 21 and 27В°C (70 and 80В°F) during the year. Annual rainfall, which generally ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 mm (60 and 80 in), comes mainly during the rainy season of May to October. Mexico's Gulf Coast is subject to hurricanes that pass through the region and often cause extensive damage. The northern YucatГЎn Peninsula is hot and semiarid. Annual rainfall ranges between 500 and 1,000 mm (20 and 40 in). The extreme southern part of Mexico, including the Chiapas Highlands and the southern regions of the YucatГЎn Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 14. Mexican Culture From A Medical Point Of View The author of this essay is a university student. In this particular essay, the author explains Mexican culture from a medical point of view. The topics that are covered in this essay are all related to health and medicine. The introduction of Mexico is discussed in detail followed by how Mexican's understand death and birth. The author also mentions about how this particular group defines health and sickness. It is also discussed about what this cultural group does to maintain wellness. The author also throws light upon the causes that the Mexican's think are responsible for illness. Another thing that is described in this essay is about how the healers of this society heal the people belonging to this society. Lastly, the author has explained about how an occupational therapist should deliver care to an individual belonging to Mexican culture. Mexico is located in North America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico is situated between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States ( the world fact book. Mexico – location, 2015). The total area in of Mexico is 1,964,375 square km which is including land and water (the world fact book. Mexico – area, 2015). The coastline of the country is 9,330 km long (the world fact book. Mexico – coastline, 2015). The weather and climate of Mexico keeps varying according to the different months. It experiences monsoon from July to early September. From Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 15. Mexican Immigrants And Illegal Immigrants Essay Current Issues Many American citizens are responsible for illegal Mexican immigrants' determination to enter the United States because numerous American citizen's revenue money, drugs, and fame as a lifestyle which makes America the center of attraction for illegal immigrants to cross the border. It is clear that most Mexican immigrants transport an abundant amount of money payments and drugs across the U.S. border in return for more money so gangs and cartels can earn a recognized status through money and respect. Citizens of the U.S. have impacted and altered the American social economic status in a negative way. Most Mexican immigrants travel north in groups to cross the United States border to achieve their goal; live a better life so they can support themselves and their family. Although there are U.S. customs and border patrol agencies that have a duty to protect and secure the border from illegal aliens entering the U.S., some still successfully cross and enter the U.S. –Mexican border illegally. In the book The Devil's Highway, Urrea explains the "Rules of the Game" where illegal immigrants experience a traitorous journey depending on their guides. Their country and group leader fail to successfully support the group and citizens of Mexico. Both sides of the border (Mexico and America) should accept responsibility for illegal transportation of weapons. The act of illegal weapon trafficking is a major crime for the U.S. – Mexican border. Border patrol agencies and Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 16. Reflection About Mexican American Culture Being a Latina born in America and growing up here, I was taught celebrating American culture like Memorial, Independence and Labor Day, with the explosion of bright, colorful fireworks, the smell of fire when turning on the grill and the best part; no school! As well as celebrating Christmas and New Years the American way, going to church, eating, and opening presents onChristmas day are holidays I've grown up to enjoy and celebrate a certain way. It wasn't until 4 years ago I went to Mexico and realized there's more to my own rooted culture and how lucky I am to have both the American and Mexican culture in my life realizing the generation of Mexican Americans are forming their own culture with both lifestyles. One of the...show more content... My grandma had then gone into her room and took out almost 10 photo albums with pictures of family members I have never seen in my life, both young and old. She then took a black and white photo of my great grandparents who had passed away the year before. She explained to me that for the next couple of days we would gather and remember friends and family members who have died, and help their spiritual journey, including praying. To me it had first seemed odd I felt like there was witchcraft. It was something I wasn't used to nor never heard of before, celebrating the dead didn't sound so good to me. The last day of celebrating there was festivals and even parades. My mom had told me "we are honoring your great grandparents with all these festivities, it is normal in our culture and you should be proud to be present in a moment like this". I enjoyed the rest of the day seeing all these people with colorful colors and fast painted like a skull, all honoring their deceased relatives, it was a nice community to be a part of in the end. As I now celebrate Halloween in America, going out and dressing up, I don't forget about "el Dia de los Muertos", although I am not in Mexico I have brought the celebration back home, I pray for my great grandparents and other late family members and friends. I try to incorporate both cultures in my life and I have realized that I am creating my own traditions with combining Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 17. Pros And Cons Of Being A Mexican Essay Most people stereotype mexicans as troublemakers, thieves, or drug dealers / cholos and relate them to landscaping. That's not true most mexicans want to work their way into success and not take the easy way like stealing or selling drugs, because we want to work our way into success we will take any job because we are desperate for money that explains why most of the time you'll see mexicans working in either large farms or in any landscaping related jobs. At the same time I'm not saying that all mexicans are hard working so just give up and take the easy way, since so many take the easy way this leads to many people thinking that most mexicans are gang leaders, thieves or trouble makers. For example a couple of days we went to walmart and we went to the self checkout , there was this old lady and everytime we go to...show more content... On the contrast I really don't see me as looking as or acting like a stereotypical "mexican" because I never really grew up being a typical mexican. We were never that "typical " mexican family. We have always been the opposite of all the stereotypes that everyone says about mexicans. I am very funny to mis amigos and to my family. I am smart in class, I try in school and do my work.
  • 18. Although There wasn't really anything that i learned from this activity because i already knew my insecurities and that i'm not easily bothered by what people say about me, being racist insults or spreading false rumors i did learn that some people are sensitive about their race,culture, or just insecure about Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 19. The Mexican Revolution Essay The Mexican Revolution There was a huge revolution in the country of Mexico that started in the year 1910, led by Porfirio Diaz, the president of Mexico in 1910. In the 1860's Diaz was important to Mexican politics and then was elected president in 1877. Diaz said that he would only be president for one year and then would resign, but after four years he was re–elected as the President of Mexico. Porfirio Diaz and the Mexican revolution had a huge impact on the country of Mexico that is still felt in some places today. The earliest start to the Mexican Revolution of 1910 happened one hundred years earlier when two priests, Miguel Hidalgo and Jose Morelos, led a stand against the Spanish colonial officials who were...show more content... Diaz used this philosophy to make reasons for his policies. Diaz kept his old slogan "liberty, order, progress", but, the word liberty was removed from the slogan. Another slogan "few politics, much administration" also became common and popular. Foreign firms began to invest in Mexico because it became more structurally and economically stable. These investments gave Diaz the money he needed to construct highways, railroads, telegraph lines, and new industries. The city of Veracruz used the money to create oil fields, and elsewhere the mining industry was brought back. Mexico, fifty years before was seen as a third–world nation, became the standard for developing countries because of its high tech industry and technology. Although these were all big steps for Mexico's economy, in the end it was responsible for the bringing down of Diaz. (Encarta 98, www.eh.net.htm) The people in power became rich along with the nation, however, the majority of the population in the cities and the countryside remained poor. Along with those people, rich and poor Mexicans began to resent their trust on foreign investments. More importantly, the new generation of Mexicans was full of political ambition, and the Diaz era had such control of the government that no one new was able to enter their league. This combination of factors was what sparked the revolution of 1910. In 1908 US journalist James Creelman interviewed Porfirio Diaz. In the interview Diaz Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 20. Mexican Culture Experience For this semester of spanish, I wanted to experience the Mexican culture for myself. I wanted to taste foods, watch dancing and look at souvenirs at a giftshop. When I had heard about the Festival of Nations I remembered that that would all be there. My mom always make me go to the festival and after numerous years of her dragging me there, I was beginning to like it. This experience was going to be something I knew I could write about and the festival might mean more to me now. My goal was to learn about some new countries I had never really paid attention to. I watched how the Armenians dance, how delicious crepes are and how to dance like nobody's watching. I learned about beef empanadas from Colombia and got to feel real alpaca hair. The Swiss make beautiful plates out of wood, and when they got hot you could smell the wood. When we got there, we went straight for food and shopping. The day was filled with a good time and lots of newly learnt facts....show more content... But this was new to my friend, Madie, she had never been so I was excited to show her the ropes. I tasted some new foods and saw many shops. Personally, I don't shop but when a new culture comes my way, I can't help but be curious. I'd say we say every shop that was there. My favorite was the shop that was from Germany, because of their hats that were on display. A favorite of mine is the dancing performances, I never know what to expect. This year, I saw the Armenians dance and Tamil, a small place in India, perform a song and stick twirling routine. I know that I have a tendency to get to the world stage to see amazing acts such as that Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 21. Mexican Culture And Traditional Food Habits Introduction The United States has become such a culturally rich country in the last century. (STATS ON HOW DIVERSE THE US HAS BECOME). Mexicans make up 14.5% of the total U.S population. (Ohio State University)The reason I choose Mexican ethnicity is because it's the largest minority group there is in the United States, yet I don't know much about their culture. Traditional food habits In the culture, there is a big influence in their food that goes back centuries their indigenous Indian background. The core foods that are present in Mexican culture are corn and corn products. Every region in Mexico has a specialty that that region is known for. The food preparation in the Mexican culture uses many different spices. Mexican cuisine can many times be very spicy. There are 90 varieties of chilies that vary from very spicy to mild, which are traditionally incorporated into many recipes including desserts. Many dishes are rich in tomatoes sauces and it 's very common to have a lot of food fried.(Ohio reports) Customarily Mexicans have four to five meals a day but when living in the United States have changed to 3 meals a day. Every meal has carbohydrate, many times corn tortillas, a protein that may come from an animal source as well as beans, and lastly fat. The fat that many times is used can come from the fat that is used to fry or that is used in the cooking. The economic income has a big impact on the way a family plans their meals. A higher income family will have Get more content on HelpWriting.net