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1 Hispanic American Diversity Wendy Witt Ethics/125 01/30/2011 Jacqueline Jefferson
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2 Guatemalan Americans Central and South Americans arrived in the 1950s. These Guatemalan immigrants were Kanjobals consisting of Mayan, Chuijes, and Quiches’. Kanjobals are from the highlands of Huehuetenango near Mexico. They migrated to the United States in search of work, to escape political violence, and economic repression. In 1980 an influx of Central Americans settled in the Los Angeles Pico Union District, Houston Texas, and South Florida. Arriving in the United States they could depend on a well-developed community of Guatemalan Americans for support. Guatemalan American families consist of large extended kinship group that maintains a close bond of loyalty, obligation, and social support. Kanjobals have made many adjustments to urban lining in the United States. They have neve34r had the luxury of electricity, or cars. Both men and women had never used household appliances. Women no longer had to wash their clothes in rivers. They could wash them at local laundry mats in the United States. Male immigrants were craft tailors, weavers, or bakers before arriving in the United States. These skills were not transferable. They had to make the transition from the cottage industry to wage labor. Guatemalan Americans are grouped together with Central Americans and Latino groups because it is hard to distinguish the difference between them. Although, there is great diversity among Central Americans and Latino groups. American society perceives Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Salvadorian, Honduran, Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican Americans as the same stereotype.
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3 Spanish is the official language of Guatemalan Americans. Some indigenous immigrants who come from rural areas speak Mayan languages and do not know Spanish. Many Mayan Americans are trilingual and communicate in Spanish, English, and Mayan. Education is very important to Guatemalan American. In Los Angeles and Houston
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course ETH 125, S ETH, SCI taught by Professor Na during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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