Technically a Houstonian is anyone native to the city of Houston, Texas. As vague as that may be, this surprisingly includes all kinds of nationalities and races. Houston is melting pot city and many families are started here. As long as you have lived in the city for a minimum time, or have been born in Houston that makes you a Houstonian. Usually natives are born into a family of natives as well but other times it is a generation that starts the path going forward. There is no particular face of a Houstonian, or style of dress for that matter. A Houstonian is recognized by their comfort in the city. Houstonians a proud of their city and often rally often at festivals and events to celebrate that culture of a fun and
I have no intention on wasting time explaining how “it would be a good experience” and how such would “help me grow as a person”, statements which I would venture to guess are present in 95% of applications your organization receives.
The City of Houston is a beautiful city that is known for its bayous, multiculturalism and its importance to the US space program. It has also been known for its poor air quality with the city ranking in the top 10 worst cities for air population in the United States, which is primarily due to the most important industries to Houston economy the Houston Ship Channel and the oil and gas industries.
“Diverse” is probably be the most commonly used word to describe Houston. After all, we are the 7th most diverse city in the country and that diversity is seen in our cuisine, our colleges, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and especially our music scene (Rhodes 1). There are a wide variety of genres being represented in Houston. Yes, Houston has the nickname “Screwston,” but there are also huge followings in other genres, like indie rock, alternative, jazz, classical, blues, metal, and even Afro-Cuban. It’s always interesting to receive a flyer for an up-and-coming alternative band show at Fitzgerald’s, one of Houston’s premier live music venues, and then as you walk
Texas is a true melting pot and it is the differing cultures that make Texas great. Although there are many native Texans born each day, there are just as many that migrate across the country to make Texas their home (Wyly & Wyly, 2012, p. 29). In the beginning, Texas was settled by Scots-Irish, Germans, Czech, Poles, and Italians. However, the greatest influence on the identity of Texas was shaped by the Hispanic culture when they left Mexico behind to make Texas their home (Wyly & Wyly, 2012, p. 15). This cross-cultural influence in Texas creates an open atmosphere, a friendly environment, and a sense of pride that others want to be a part of and that tradition continues today with immigrants arriving from the Middle East, Southeast Asia as well as other parts of the world (Wyly & Wyly, 2012, p. 15).
I do not believe Texas with its changing demographics and social climate will be on the brink of another switch in party dominance anytime soon as immigration, guns and education are major factors. The demographics of Texas deal with the rising growth of the minority population throughout the years. In my opinion, I think minorities make up roughly half of Texas’s overall population. According to utexas.edu, “[a]s the reality of demographic changes set in during the late 1990s, part of what defined many Republicans as moderates was an emphasis in both rhetoric and policy toward increasing the party's appeal to Latinos and other ethnic and racial minorities”. Although the Democratic Party is known for receiving votes from minorities, the Republican
The United States of America is a perfect example of cultural diversity. Starting with the Mayflower landing in Massachusetts Bay in 1620, to the Great Migration from 1915 to 1930, to the continual immigration into our country today this country has seen its culture grow and reshape itself over the years. The culture of the United States is diverse but understanding and appreciating various cultures does not always exist within today’s classroom or in today’s society. Understanding or even defining cultural diversity , identifying the challenges cultural diversity brings, or how to face cultural diversity are all issues educators face in today’s classroom.
Here at The University of Texas at Austin, we embrace and encourage diversity in many forms, striving to create an inclusive community that fosters an open and supportive learning, teaching and working environment. Our strength as a university draws from our wide range of perspectives and experiences, and we support a free exchange of ideas alongside thoughtful consideration of our differences. The UT Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) offers more than 40 programs and initiatives that support this vision, strengthening diversity on campus and in communities across the state, all while helping to shape the future leaders of Texas and the world
Diverse cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds function as sources of person, family, and community values. These backgrounds serve as a function of being the base of the foundation that makes up a family, community, or a person’s values. A culture shapes how people experience the world. It allows them to be a part of a community through interrelation of beliefs, experiences, and traditions that they share through their backgrounds. Social backgrounds influence how they might view their life values and how they see others. Cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds affects how someone or a group may view and experience communicational, nutritional, and spiritual values along with the rest of the 12 domains of Purnell’s model. Experiencing
Although there are many different religions celebrated in Texas, there are different ways they were brought to Texas and how they're celebrated. Along with many other American states, its diversity is large. There are religious and nonreligious activities that are associated with Texas in general. Non-religious cultural activities are celebrations that are sole to only Texas or a specific region in it.
One million people moved into Harris County between 1970-1982. This was the greatest boom anyone had ever seen; this was brought about by the increasing value of oil. In 1980 Houston was a one company town with eighty-two percent of its primary sector jobs tied into the oil industry. Oil was in demand at the price of three dollars and twenty cents in 1972 increased to thirty-two and fifty cents by 1980 Houston was booming, however in 1983 the oil industry collapsed causing one hundred thousand jobs to be lost. This would change the world as Houston and Texans knew it, where as in the past people relied on natural resources from the land such as cotton, timber, cattle and oil, they would now have to rely on their knowledge and skills. The
Being born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, I was exposed to many different cultures. A few of which were Hispanics and German. They both had different languages and customs. My mom would take us to a festival in San Antonio yearly that was called the “Texas Folklife Festival”. There, our family would experience many different cultures with singing, dancing, food, art, and language. Our family enjoyed learning about the different places others came from and how they celebrated their heritage. Learning to appreciate where others came from and their back ground, gave me a better appreciation for differences.
In Houston, there are no limitations of the food that can be found around the city. Houston is fully diverse with countless traditions that have been passed down. The best we learn about the cultures is through food; a realization that not everybody acknowledges. These cultures has even expanded to school lunches in Cypress and Katy, to be more diverse rather than just serving hot dogs and burgers. As a Hispanic teenager, I am pleased to have been exposed by the many meals and traditions of Mexican, Salvadoran, and other heritages.
I was born in Japan and spent my life there until seventh grade. Even though my environment was very fulfilling, my community had little diversity. Everyone was from the same area, we all have same culture, and same race. Individual could had variety of thought but our basic mind was very similar since we all grow up in the same environment. I can say that I had little more diversity in my life than other people around me since my mother was Korean, I had some Korean people around me. Korea is a country located right next to Japan, but they do have different culture, language, and people. It gave me a little push to become diverse person. However, there was a big change when I moved to America as an international student in seventh grade. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by people who were not "my people". When I walked into the class, everyone had different race, culture,
Growing up I always had the opportunity to interact with diverse groups. My father is a retired master sergeant of the United States Army. He is African-American and was born and raised Baptist in Kentucky. He married my mother who is South Korean and Buddhist. I spent the first three years of my life living in South Korea where my father was stationed. We