Compare and Contrast, from Cholos to Surfers and My Latino Heart

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The connections in these two stories is that in Mr. Lopez story is that a young boy is troubled because he is not sure on what being a “Mexican” is all about, and that ties in with what is California image really trying to say. The next story “Of Cholos and Surfers” is a depiction of a young boy also, but he is having trouble trying to break out of the tradition of being a normal “Mexican” and do what he is more comfortable doing. In the story of “My Latino Heart” it is about a young teenager who is having trouble finding what the Mexican culture is all about. He is not sure on how to fit in with his Mexican culture. The identity of his culture is hard for him to comprehend. He asked his mother “ What am I”. His mother answered “ You’re a Mexican American” He replied “ But what does that mean”. He couldn’t didn’t know what his parents were trying to tell him. He did not think he was Mexican because he couldn’t speak the Spanish. He wanted to have a answer to his question. He went to his Aunt and asked her what it meant to be a Mexican American. His Aunt replied “ You’re you”. Again he was not sure of what this meant? He didn’t get another opportunity to ask his Aunt again because she had died of alcoholism. When the family had a gathering he shied away from the younger parts of his family, and went to the adults to see what his Aunt was really like when she was alive and didn’t drink. He could get a sense of what being a Mexican meant. Remembering the people that had died and to never forget them. To think of the good things about the person and to credit them for their influence they had in his life. Also in the lives that she had contact with long enough to make a difference in their lives.

In the story “Of Cholos and Surfers” this teenage boy depicted by the author Jack Lopez, was a boy who lived in a Mexican family in the Los Angeles area. His family was a family who kept their roots, and never forgot where they came from. Also there were two sides of the...
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