Hispanic Heritage : A Cultural Concept That Surrounds My Entire Life Essay

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Hispanic heritage is an important concept that surrounds my entire life. I have lived in Puerto Rico during my whole childhood. This culture has been important in my life because it helps define who I am and how I view the world. Both of my biological parents are Dominican, but I lived with my mother and step-dad in Puerto Rico. It was not until I moved to the United States that I began to become more aware of different ethnic groups. The United States has been called the “melting pot” society. Newcomers to this country were expected to adapt their “old world” values and culture to fit the values and lifestyles of the “new world” (An Overview of Diversity Awareness, n.d.).
My family identifies themselves as Dominicans. I have to make clear that when I refer to my family it consists of my mother, brother, and sister. Living in Puerto Rico for more than a decade made us adopt the Puerto Rican culture. Even though we knew our origin was from Dominican Republic we never lived there so it was easy to make Puerto Rico our homeland. My mother and I also tend to identify ourselves as having African roots because her father and I were born in St. Kitts, an island that is inhabited by slave decedents.
When living in Puerto Rico we were the same as everyone else. We never felt any oppression. We understood that there were people of different shades of skin color but it wasn’t an identifier for us. I believe the only thing that made us different was that our mother was Dominican and

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