Week 7 Assignment - Hispanic American Diversity

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Hispanic American Diversity 1 Hispanic American Diversity Melissa Krol ETH 125 March 13, 2010 Instructor: Joyce Hosier Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Hispanic American Diversity 2 Hispanic American Diversity More than one in eight people in the United States are of Spanish or Latin American origin. By the year 2100 the Census Bureau estimates that Hispanics will represent about one- third of the United States population (Schaefer, 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc.). The Latino or Hispanic population in the United States is very diverse. In 2002 the Hispanic population was 37.4 million. Two-thirds or 66.9% of the Hispanic population are Mexican American, 3.7% are Cuban, 8.6% are Puerto Rican, 14.3% are Central or South American, and 6.5% are of other Hispanic origin (Ramirez & de la Cruz, 2002). This paper will discuss the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familiar conventions of Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican, Cubans, and Dominicans. Mexican Americans Mexican Americans are the largest Hispanic group in the United States. The Spanish language unites Mexican Americans with other Hispanic groups, but the Spanish spoken by Mexican Americans is not the same as the Spanish spoken in Spain. With English being a big influence here in the United State the Mexican American population has taken to speaking a combination of Spanish and English known as Spanglish. Even with the development of Spanglish 70% of Mexican American households speak English (Mexican Americans, 2009). Traditionally the family structure of Mexican Americans is Patriarchal, but given the economic hardships of the Mexican American both men and women currently work outside the home. The Hispanic household can expect to earn 70 cents on the dollar compared to non- Hispanic whites. In 2002, 21.8% of Latinos were below the poverty level (Schaefer, 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc.). Many Mexican Americans have extended family households, in which the grandparents live with their children and help take care of the household and their grandchildren. Poverty is a continued problem for Mexican Americans many of which are here
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Hispanic American Diversity 3 working illegally for under minimum wage and no benefits. At one-time many Mexican Americans did not graduate from high school, but this is changing because of bilingual education. Currently many young people are succeeding in academics and other areas. Some of these young people are the first to in their families to attend college and obtain rewarding careers. Many of the communities come together for the sake of the children and religious purposes. Seventy-five percent of Mexican Americans are Roman Catholic they go to church Mexican Americans have been active in the political arena for many years.
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