Dr. Judith Mairs-Levy
January 28, 2012
The Hispanic culture is colorful and rich; it’s enriched with pride and heritage. Family values and strong moral foundation have sustained the culture for hundreds of years. The business that I'm in has allowed me the pleasure to consort and interact with people in the Hispanic culture most of my life. Dedication and hard work are the stables that bound the stigma of the Hispanic culture. My cultural interview was with an old friend, 38 years of age and of Hispanic descent. While conducting the interview I learned a lot about the Hispanic culture. Many Hispanic like to be called Latino. Some do not like to be referred to as Mexican when they are from other countries other than Mexico. The Hispanic also use slangs within their culture just like Americans. Within the culture the male is the dominant figure in the household. All the decisions that affect the family go through the father. If there is no father in the house, the oldest son fulfills that role. The older son may drop out of school so that they may assist the mother at the house in the absence of the father. In the Hispanic culture many usually marry fairly young and begin raising a family. When they get older they usually do not marry, but live together like husband and wife. The average number of members within the family is 7 including the mother and father. The mother is usually the caregiver and stays home to look after the children. The oldest daughter steps in and helps the mother out whenever she can. The grandparents are considered the second mom and dad. Their cousins are regarded as an extension of their siblings. My interviewee has 2 brothers who she is very close to. If her brothers tell her to do something even at age 28 she really makes sure she follows their directives. Her mother is divorced from her father, but he still plays an active...