Identifying the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial status of the Mexican American, Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Dominican American ethnic groups. Each group has a rich cultural identity but has been placed in the same category, Hispanic Americans, on the basis of language. All these groups share the Spanish language, though each has a different dialect and some words spelled and pronounced the same have
different meanings. Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican Americans all have very much in common, yet remain separate ethnic groups, descended from various ancestors. Many come to the United States for political asylum, but many immigrate to the United States in search of the American Dream. Traditionally, Americans have not initially been accepting of immigrants upon their arrival to the United States, but many ethnic groups have successfully been able to carve out their own niche on American soil, and while acceptance is not readily given to new arrivals, tolerance of different ethnic groups appears to be increasing.
Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Dominican Americans each have a distinct cultural identity rich in familial ties, but each has been grouped in the Hispanic American category on the basis of language. Though these groups share the Spanish language, each has a different dialect and origin.
Socially Mexican Americans seem to want what all immigrants who come to this country seeking the American Dream (Alba, R. 2006). Working hard to escape the humble status of the earlier generations, who are excluded from this attempt due to not having attained legal status in the United States? Educationally, Mexican Americans, no matter the generation rarely go past High School. That appears to show very low levels of Mexican-American educational advancement beyond high school, regardless of generation. Hispanics who are born in... [continues]
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