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Miriam Reynoso Mercy College Race, Culture and Ethnicity Richard Hudson November 5, 2008 1
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1. Mandatory Question: Write a brief essay describing the experiences of your ethnic groups, i.e., Irish-American, Italian-American, Caribbean-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, African American, etc, in American. If you have a mixed heritage, choose the one that was dominant in your home. (Note that even though you may have Irish and Italian parents, etc., usually one or the other had the major influence in your home.) Cite your references. The American culture is changing due to the dramatic diversity in ethic groups. Eighty percent of the new immigrants, who come into the U.S, come from developing countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Dominicans are among those groups. Dominicans were part of one of the largest migratory booms of the late 20th century who started to migrate into the United States in the late 80’s. Over one million of Dominicans currently live in the U.S. We make the four largest immigrant groups, after Mexican, Puerto Ricans and Cubans. In my family, I am the first generation to be born in the United States. However, I did not know anything about the American culture until I moved here 10 years ago. I was raised in the Dominican Republic (DR). I Left DR when I was 17 years old and was it was very difficult for me as a teenager to adapt myself to this new culture. Dominicans is an ethnic group that is very proud of their culture. It does not matter where Dominicans emigrate to; they take their costumes and traditions with them. Because Dominicans as ethic group get concentrated in the same geographical areas, they tent to not integrate themselves into the new culture or main culture. This is something that we all see here in New York City. In the Washington Heights area, local businesses have the Dominican flag, in the streets you can hear paying the Spanish radio station and everybody is speaking Spanish. Our culture had been keep intact, because Dominicans still maintain close ties with the country of 2
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origin. Dominicans travel back and forward to the Dominican Republic, participate in the country political affairs, and maintain economical links with the country through banking and import/exports of goods; a process known as a trasnationalization. Being the last of the major Latin American group who immigrated to the U.S, the path of the Dominicans in the U.S has been mark by their battle against a racial and stereotype judgment . With the all Latin American ethic group blend into one culture called “Hispanic”, it is very difficult to the dominant culture to see and appreciate the mark differences
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