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