My Cultural Experience

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My Cultural Experience The band was playing loud with the help of a tambourine and an accordion, large families were dancing in circles around the stage under the hot sun, and when they needed a break everyone gathered around the authentic Mexican cuisine food truck, Taqueria Leos, and ordered some tamales with pineapple salsa on the side. Hispanics are the nation's largest minority group (cite). In 2011, they had the highest high school dropout rate, and only 4% graduated college with a master’s degree or higher. Are these low educational numbers a result of going through their life in America feeling as if they do not really fit in? Well, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce does not want that to be the case for Hispanics living in Washington, and the surrounding counties. Once a year, Washington County hosts their annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. The idea behind this event is to promote interaction between the Hispanic minority group and the community (cite). This tradition began in 2013, with hardly 500 people in attendance. As of last year, there were 10,000 people who came out to enjoy this positive bonding experience. This year, I traveled to Mae Farm in order to better understand where this population came from and how they feel residing in Northwest Arkansas. I put on my theoretical lenses, and did a little cultural experiencing of my own; all while trying to avoid common human errors, such as: overgeneralizations, bias judgements, and problems with observation
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