Diversity in the Hispanic Culture
Diversity in the Hispanic Culture
The Hispanic community accounts for the largest minority in the United States. The United States Census Bureau reported as of July 2006, the percentage of Hispanics in the nation had grown to 15. This percentage excludes the 3.9 million Puerto Ricans whom call America their home. This number puts the United States ranking third worldwide for largest Hispanic populations, with Mexico and Colombia holding the first and second ranking respectively (Pew Hispanic Center, 2009). The Hispanic community is diverse in itself, although non-Hispanics may have panethnic views of the group as simply Latino or Hispanic, this group is made up of Mexican Americans, Puerto …show more content…
Cubans are in line with the Hispanic average at 52% marriage rate; however, Foreign-born Cubans maintain a marriage rate of 57%.
The last 30 years has brought the change of major political parties acknowledging the Hispanic population as a strong force in the election process. The race between Senator Obama and Senator McCain launched the first smear campaign ever shown on Spanish television ads. The irony is
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Explain what is meant when we talk about cultural diversity in Mesoamerica and how is cultural diversity affected by geographic diversity? When we refer to cultural diversity we refer to ideas that are followed by a society. Some examples are norms, beliefs, music, morals, religion, medicine and many more. These ideas of culture have been affected by geographic diversity in the manner that the locations of different groups or societies affect the different norms and beliefs they gained. For example, groups that lived on the coast and groups that lived in the desert or mountains contained many different ways of living based on their location and resources. A great difference these groups had besides, norms or morals was language. There were
Immigration from Latin America and the growth of the nation 's Latino population are two of the most important and controversial developments in the recent history of the United States. Latinos are destined to continue to have an enormous impact
In America today, we are faced with several different minority groups arriving to the United States. The most common of all minority groups are the Hispanics. America is known for their language being English, but as the year's approach, that language has faded and a new face in English language has taken over, it's called Spanish. We as the people of America have become controversial over this major change, and due to that major bilingualism and political movements that have occurred from the government to the education departments. In this paper, I am going to talk about the four most common Hispanic groups in our country today and the political, social, linguistic, economic, religious, and familial conventions and/or statuses that they
Currently within the United States one of the fastest growing minority population (Schwartz & Scott, 2012) is the Latinos. In 2010 Census Bureau Brief ( Ennis, Rois-Vargas, & Albert, 2011) it stated how an estimated 15 million Latino individuals were living within the United States, which is approximately about 16% of the entire U.S. population. There is one big problem with addressing the Latino population, and that is the family patterns are either misrepresented or not properly understood, due to the label of Hispanic and Latinos being placed together. These two groups may share the same spoken language of Spanish and have similar cultural ancestry but the diversity among Hispanic and Latinos (Schwartz & Scott, 2012) make generalizations about their lifestyles difficult. The term Hispanic came to be used in the 1970’s by government officials (cdc.gov, 2011) in trying to provide a diverse label on this population that had connections to speaking Spanish and the Spanish culture. Latino became more of a termed to be used when distinguishing between Mexican (Hispanics) and Latinos who descendants from Latin America such as Cuba and Puerto Rico.
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The population is the 2nd largest in Latin America, behind Brazil, and is racially diverse: 60 percent are mestizos (mixed of Spanish and indigenous blood); 30 percent live in the central and southern parts of the country and are considered indigenous. The larger percentage, within that percentage, is the Mayan located in the far south along the