Topics: Family, Nuclear family, Extended family Pages: 3 (860 words) Published: October 9, 2014
In the essay "The Color of Family Ties" by Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarksian, the authors assert that traditional nuclear families are not the only ones capable of supportive relationships and strong family connections. In the other hand, minority families also discover that their families illustrate the most supportive relationships and strongest family ties. According to Gerstel and Sarksian, they states "Black and Latino/a, especially Puerto Rican families are more disorganized than White families, and that their families ties are weaker" (47). People usually believe Black and Latino/a are weaker and more disorganized than Whites. But the authors also point out "Minority individuals are more likely to live in extended family homes than Whites and in many ways more likely to help out their aging parents, grandparents, adult children, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and other skin" (48). In my opinion, I agree with this statement and I believe untraditional families are more likely to live with extended family than Whites. In "An Indian Story" by Roger Jack, it talks about nontraditional families with supportive relationships and strong family ties, which is a good example to describe of minority.

In "An Indian Story" by Roger Jack is an example of family solidarity and care giving within a minority family. When Jack was just a young boy, his mother died, then his father remarried and started a new family that made the boy uncomfortable with his living situation. After that, he decided to go living with his late mother's sister, Aunt Greta. It is an evident that even before he decided to move with Greta, Jack was very close to her when he stated, "I walked to Aunt Greta's house and asked if I could move in with her since I had already spend so much time with her anyway"(53). This is our first example of the strong ties to extended family in this story. As the story progresses we learn that Greta has sacrificed not only for her nephew but for her...
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