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Running head: ASSIGNMENT: HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 1 Assignment: Hispanic American Diversity Nikki Vergets Eth/125 5/15/2011 Cornelius Brownlee
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ASSIGNMENT: HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 2 Assignment: Hispanic American Diversity There is a vast amount of Hispanic born Americans across our country. These particular minorities possess similar and different cultural beliefs, languages and socio-economic backgrounds that are responsible for a large percent of what we call the United States. Four of the minority Hispanic cultures that I chose for this paper are the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Columbian Americans. Cuban Immigrants over the centuries have migrated to the United States due mainly to political and economical reasons. Cuban Americans till this day are still concerned with the politics of Cuba but are not as involved in the struggle against Cuba’s political leader Vidal Castro. The political stance that the majority of Cuban Americans take politically is one of conservatism, which in many elections means he or she, will vote Republican. There have been Cuban Americans voted into congress and statistics state that between 1989 and 1990 78% of Cuban Americans were registered voters. (Buffington, 2008) The majority of the Cuban population resides in Miami Florida. Cuban Americans national language is Spanish, although Cuban American born citizens speak primarily English. In a poll taken during 1989 and 1990 96% of Cuban Americans said they spoke both Spanish and English. Due to Cuban Americans using both languages in their lives professionally, academically and personally resulted in a dialect now known as Spanglish. Spanglish is the use of English outside of the home and Spanish within the home. (Buffington, 2008) In reference to the social aspect of the Cuban American’s education is a very important component to their lives. Of the native Cuban American citizen’s born 47% attend private schools compared to public schools. Cuban Americans enjoy both Cuban and American cuisine reserving traditional cooking of American cuisine for special occasions.
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ASSIGNMENT: HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 3 Economically Cuban Americans are nearly as well off as Anglo Americans and better off than other Hispanic groups with unemployment rates less than Puerto Rican and Mexican Americans. In Miami Florida where the population is strongly Cuban American based the professions are dominated as a result. More than a third of Cuban Americans hold technical, sales and managerial positions in the work force. Many Cuban Americans view themselves as Roman Catholics or Non-Religious. The Non-Religious Cuban Americans are a result of the bias to anti-religion in the socialist government of Cuba. Cuban and Cuban Americans view of family is quite different. Cuban born families consist of strong parental controls, family nuclear with godparents having strong relationship bonds with the children. The children are reared under strict traditional views. American born has less emphasis of importance of the godparent
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