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Hispanic American Diversity Dana Leamaster ETH 125
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This is a brief summary of the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial status of the Cuban American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican American, and Central/South American ethnic groups. Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, and Central/South Americans all have very much in common, yet remain separate ethnic groups, descended from various ancestors. Many come to the United States for political asylum. Others were looking to escape poor social or economic conditions. In 2006, the United States Census Bureau estimated that more than 44 million people or 14.3% of the population was Hispanic. Nearly half of the Hispanic population in this country lives either in California or Texas (US Census Bureau, 2008). Cuban Americans The Cubans exiled from the Caribbean Island after the 1959 revolution changed Miami, Florida into what many have deemed the capital of Latin America. During the Cold War many political refugees sought asylum in the United States where they live happily and have accepted the benefits here. The Cuban Americans significantly changed many things in Miami, including reversing the typical progression of assuming American culture and societal assimilation. Instead of replacing Spanish with English and assimilating American cultures, they brought about what has been termed “reversed acculturation,” meaning Miami residents had to become accustomed to the Cuban economical impact and political domination. However, unlike the Cuban immigrants Haitian immigrants, derogatively referred to as “the boat people,” faced insurmountable racism and alienation for their into the United States. Haitian immigrants changed the typical assimilation by concealing their heritage and adapting the dress and attitudes of the African American inner city youths (Cato, n.d.). Mexican Americans
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