Hispanic American Diversity
Despite popular belief, Hispanic Americans have had a large impact on the United State. Whether it is their social origins, religion, art, food, and musical influences, their cultural has become a part of ours. It is a common misconception that all Spanish speaking people are the same. In reality, Hispanics can be broken down into several different groups. Latinos, or Hispanics, can be any Spanish speaking person from places such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Central America. In this paper I will discuss things such as political, linguistic, social, economic, religious and familial principles of four Hispanic American groups living in the United States. As shown on the US Census Bureau Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans are the fastest growing groups of Hispanics here in the United States. While these groups are often categorized by their similarities many people do not realize how different they really are; I will discuss both the similarities and the differences in their every day lives.
According the U.S. Census Bureau (2006), Mexicans are the largest Hispanic group currently residing in the United States. Out of the roughly 43 million Hispanics identified in the U.S. in 2006, 29 million are Mexican. Mexican-Americans are the most widely known Hispanic group here in the States and often times people mistake other groups for Mexican-Americans. “Since the 1600s, Mexicans were the first Americans to establish homesteads in the territories that became Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.” (Lydia) Mexican-Americans are one of the largest immigrant groups in the country. While they have much pride for their Hispanic heritage, their primary language is English. At home, Mexican-Americans are likely to be very family oriented and practice the Roman Catholic faith. Much of their opinions on sex, politics and education are based on the church.... [continues]
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