Conventions and Statuses of Mexican Americans

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Conventions and Statuses 1 Conventions and Statuses of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans Casey Sonksen Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Conventions and Statuses 2 There are many minorities within the Unites States that are grouped together based on similarities between their cultures. There are four different groups, among many others, that have all been termed as Latino Americans, when in fact they each have their own culture. Each group has its own type of language and familial relationships. They also have different economies and considers social standing based on different things. Each also places different levels of importance upon family and religion. The four groups that I have chosen are Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans. Mexican Americans Mexican Americans retain a unique culture. Many Americans do not realize that there are two different types of Spanish used by Mexican-Americans: Castillian Spanish and Mexican Spanish. Most Mexican Americans use Mexican Spanish; although a handful continue to use Castillian Spanish. Most Mexican Americans who settle into communities of their culture or that are near the border of the United States and Mexico only learn very basic English, and that is if they learn it at all. Although ". ..with each new generation born in the United States the use of Spanish becomes less frequent in many families" (Englekirk, 2010). Family and religion are both extremely important to Mexican Americans. Most families are patriarchal and the mother only works part time and that is only if it is financially needed. The mother is most important for domestic needs and the father is the ultimate authority. 75% of Mexican Americans are Catholic (Englekirk, 2010). Some of their important holidays include the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th and Three Kings' Day on January 6th.
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Conventions and Statuses 3 Economically, Mexican Americans have had difficulty. Although they have branched out into other occupations besides agriculture, the pay continues to be lower than average. According to Englekirk (2010), in a 1990 census it was reported that 2.9% work in forestry and
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This note was uploaded on 07/18/2011 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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