Language and Sexuality is something you would expect to see people talking about everywhere. But not everyone is so open to talk about it now a days when they are in public because most of what you see people doing in being on their phone. Sitting in my grandmother’s house was able to show me the way that most Dominicans would treat the situation when sex is mentioned to how they talk about it to the kids. Just having one hour to sit in the living room gives you an idea that it is not talking to the kids about sex but talking about sex in front of the kids. Sitting there proved that the more the kids hear about sex being a topic that is talked about, the more likely they all are to get together and talk about what they would do.
As I mentioned above, the government is run the same way, both countries have beautiful beaches and resorts, and much more. To compare differences, if you lived in the Dominican Republic compared to the U.S., you would be 2.1% more likely to be unemployed, make 81.63% less money, be 5.8% times more likely to be murdered, use 89.61% less electricity, die 1.76 years sooner, be 16.67% more likely to have HIV/AIDS, and have 41.36% more babies- just to name a few! That’s crazy! It tells us how fortunate we are here in the states to have great nurses and doctors as well as stable jobs and good
- Haiti and the Dominican Republic is an island with two countries of Hispaniola. Haiti makes up 1/3 of the island while the Dominican Republic makes up the rest of the 2/3 of the island. The Dominican Republic contains a mix blood of Afro-European population with the history of Spanish colonialism, while Haiti has African-caribbean population with the background of french colonialism.
Within the unique culture of the Dominican Republic, the complex heritage of Arawak, Spanish, African, and French lore, is unique to the Dominican Republic compared to other Caribbean islands. Moreover, the country maintains close ties with the United States. Currently, the people of the Dominican Republic are striving to build a democracy against the unscrupulous and authoritarian politically privileged leadership. A large element that shapes Dominican national identity is its Spanish heritage. Currently in this country, light skin color, which is marked to reflect European ancestry, is valued, while dark skin tones indicate West African slave ancestry. The Roman Catholic cathedrals still are in existence and the majority of the population
It’s no doubt that culture and family values play a significant role in the self-discovery process. Often times, these social constructs can influence goals, beliefs and values. Life as a Dominican is one that is built on strong family value, religion, morality and work ethic. Growing up in a Dominican family, I can remember my parents instilling strong moral values such as being honest and respecting one another while emphasizing the need for hard work and education. Much of my outlook on life can be attributed to the Dominican values of family, discipline and values taught to me throughout my childhood and adolescence.
The geography is pretty much the same as most countries. The natural resources are nickel, gold, and silver. They have mountains with valleys, and rugged highlands. The highest elevation is three thousand one-hundred seventy-five meters. It is located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Dominican Republic is the second-highest island in the Caribbean, with a surface area of forty-eight thousand one-hundred ninety-eight square kilometers, which is slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire, USA. The biggest city is Santiago de los Caballeros, with five-hundred one-thousand eight-hundred people. There are now about 8.5 million permanent residents in the country. The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, which is the oldest city in the new world. It has a population of about 2.5 million people.The
When arriving to the Dominican Republic it was as if a whole new world opened up to me. Puerto Plata was full of different changes; the streets were full of wandering animals, there wasn’t as many cars as there is back home, and mopeds were racing with several people on them at a time. The differences that I experienced were nothing that I have seen before. America is in constant expansion of technology while the Dominican is further set back. When you travel to different parts of the world you begin to see how people live their lives differently. The culture along with the aspects of living are completely different from what we are used to seeing in our everyday lives.
College in the United States has taught me about being Dominican in America. Every time, I introduce myself to the class, a few classmates later ask me: are you a good Merengue or Bachata dancer? These apparently innocuous questions perplex me because they are based on the popular belief that Dominicans live in a world of eternal entertainment. Therefore, for many of my classmates being Dominican means to be humorous and happy at all time. They associate my country with a paradise for fun seekers: the perfect place to relief the developed country stress. As some compatriots may say, the happiest country in the world: where Presidente beers and beautiful women can be seen everywhere along the streets of the barrios and beach resorts.
In America today, there is a large and diverse African-American population. Within this population, there are several ethnic groups. The other ethnic group similar to Afro-Americans is Dominicans. Not only are they both minorities, but they also look similar as well. Both Dominicans and Afro-Americans are originally from Africa, but their slave masters separated them into two different cultures. African-Americans was African slaves of Americans, and Dominicans were African slaves of the Spanish. Hevesi of the New York Times says, "Dominican and Afro-Americans culture was formed from one ethnicity, Africans" (Hevesi 86). As a person of these two ethnic groups, I have two perceptions of my dual ethnicity. Among Afro-Americans’ and
“No te quede en el sol por mucho tiempo te va poner negro” Don't stay in the sun for too long you’ll get black.Those are words that I have heard while growing up. Growing up in a Dominican household the culture and beliefs are really strong. A culture that has been passed down through generations. A culture that has been accepted, however just because it's my culture doesn't mean that I have to accept it. In my family, lighter is better, more beautiful. It's not only my family, in Dominican culture being light skin tone is usually related to beauty and success. However, I don't agree with that, the color of your skin doesn't decide if you will be successful. It is who you are that decides that. It is hard to try to talk to the family about
Washington Heights displays its traditional charisma proudly. One can see flags of the Dominican Republic anywhere from the windows in the buildings, to the windows in the cars. Even though, throughout the history of the United States, the country has fought to integrate all immigrants to a point of forgetting their own culture and become Americanize, Dominicans have never been able to completely adapt to this beliefs because of their love to their country, traditions and culture. Even though we are in America and English is the native language, once you step in the Heights, Spanish becomes omnipresent. The beauty of those two languages coming together, forming what is
The book “Family Pictures: Caudros de Familia” by Carmen Lomas Garza is a must have book for any classroom library. The book is a told by a daughter from a Hispanic family. She teaches or informs the readers of things her family does every day, in certain seasons, and on certain holidays. This book helps students learn about the Hispanic culture from a child’s point of view. The book is also told in English and Spanish so it could be used for an ELL learner who is struggling to learn English. One of the ways this book is a good choice for a classroom library is that it the author provides a good insight to why this book was written. The author explains the readers that the book was created to inform us about the Hispanic culture through an
All through the book, the Dominican Republic culture is shown. It is shown in the names of all the characters, the words they use, and the places described. Julia Alvarez writes about the little house they own and the distance it is from the main road. She describes the mountainous drives they take on several occasions. You feel as if you are with the characters as Alvarez describes every situation she is. There are many spanish words that are used in the book to describe people, places, trees, foods, and so much more. By reading this book, you get a deepend perception of the Dominican Republic and their specific culture.
As previously stated, the island of Hispaniola consists of two countries: the Dominican Republic and Haiti. These countries may share the same island but have a gamut of differences. One similarity they both have is that there really is no bourgeois; in Haiti there is only the working class, while in the Dominican Republic there is the working class and upper class which consists of military personnel, club owners, architects, and U.S. citizens who have property there. These humans acquiesce their lifestyles because they have known no different; this is what they have lived all their lives, no cut cards around it.
Culture is the thoughts, communications, actions, beliefs, values, and institutions racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups (Jarvis, 2012, p 14). Every culture has its own view/ understanding about health care, health and illnesses. Although what might be seen as acceptable in one culture, may not be acceptable in another, regardless of where you are health care and culture will always exist. My definition of culture is the way someone lives his or her life in a daily basis; which includes things like the language one speaks in and out of the home, food one eats, music one listens to, and one religious practice. The culture I will be