ETH 125 Day 7 Week 7 - Mexican Americans are Americans of...

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Mexican Americans are Americans of Mexican ancestry. The language used is American English, Spanish, Spanglish, and a minority of Indigenous Mexican Languages. Although Mexican families tend to be Patriarchal, it is the mother who is in charge of health care (Gonzalez-Swafford). Home remedies are passed on from mother to daughter. When a family member is sick, it is a family crisis and often there will be many people to whom the physician will have to explain the disease process (Davidhizar). Although the mother is the one in charge of healthcare, for more difficult and chronic treatments, it is often important to convince the father that this is necessary. Mexicans are often very religious with the most common religion being Catholicism. The Aztec religion, as it was practiced before colonization is all but gone. Some still practice Maya religion and Atheism. Throughout U.S. history, Mexican Americans have been socially classified as “White” and “Amerindian” by United States people. Mexican Americans could vote and hold elected office in places such as Texas, especially San Antonio. They ran the state politics and constituted most of the elite of New Mexico since colonial times. However, property requirements and English literacy requirements were imposed in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas in order to prevent Mexican Americans from voting. Mexican Americans are not well represented in the professions. Most of the immigrants from Mexico come from the lower classes with lineage of family employed in lower skill jobs. Prior experiences of ethnic discrimination increased and residence in public housing decreased the likelihood that Mexican immigrants would move from their original neighborhoods. However, Mexican communities are said to be more solid or separated than ever by an increase of “enclavism” in the late 20 th century.
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A Cuban American is a United States citizen who traces his or her ancestry to Cuba. Many communities throughout the United States have significant Cuban American populations. However, Miami, Florida stands out as the most prominent Cuban American community, in part
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2010 for the course AXIA COLLE ETH 125 taught by Professor Janettamcdowell during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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