Until I started the research for this paper I did not know how many different countries that Hispanic Americans have come from. It was hard for me to choose only four to write about for this assignment but I did decide to pick the ones I was most familiar with and which I was able to find the most information about: Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, Puerto Rican Americans and Colombian Americans. According to one webpage I visited, in 2009, the five largest Latino groups were Mexicans (29.3 million), Puerto Ricans (4.1 million), Cubans (1.5 million), Salvadorans (1.5 million) and Dominicans (1.2 million) (Falcón, 2010). Spaniards, Uruguayans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans were the five Latino groups with the highest growth rates from 2000-2009 according to Falcón.
Over the years relations between Anglo Americans and Mexican Americans have been strained but seen to improve with time. When they first started migrating to the United States, there was a war between Mexico and America which strained the relations between the two peoples. The more time that passes the better it gets. Most Mexican immigrants use Spanish as their principal or sole language
[...] Retrieved October from Countries and Their Cultures: http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Le-Pa/Mexican- Americans.html Schaefer, R. T. (2006). Racial and Ethnic Groups, Tenth Edition,. Pearson Education, Inc. Sturner, P. (2011). Colombian Americans. [...]
[...] Over the years relations between Anglo Americans and Mexican Americans have been strained but seen to improve with time. When they first started migrating to the United States, there was a war between Mexico and America which strained the relations between the two peoples. The more time that passes the better it gets. Most Mexican immigrants use Spanish as their principal or sole language. They tend to move to areas that are already populated with people of their own culture so the need to learn English does not seem that important to them. [...]
[...] Discrimination of the Mexican American people has limited their participation in politics. “While political participation was limited, Miguel Tirado points out that during the early part of the twentieth century Mexican Americans formed protective organizations— mutualistas (mutual aid societies)—which were quite similar to those that developed among European immigrant groups” (Marín, 2011). They were unhappy with the two political parties in the 1970's and opted to create an alternative-La Raza Unida which was successful. Their voting pattern has been traditionally Democratic. [...]
[...] Colombians speak quicker than other South Americans. As a means of preserving tradition, Spanish is the most common among Colombian households. “They tend to use formal address in more situations than other Latin Americans and commonly call only well-known acquaintances by their first names” (Sturner, 2011). It is a compelling desire for Colombians to learn English. They feel without advanced language skills there are many kinds of work they may not qualify to do. Colombian Americans hold on to tradition family values and to keep the family intact. [...]
[...] His name has also been raised for possible nomination to the United States Supreme Court. It is not certain when the first Colombian immigrants came to the United States, but it is believed they came among the few South Americans during the nineteenth century.“The first Colombian community formed when several hundred professionals, including nurses, accountants, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and bilingual secretaries, moved to New York City after World War the population was later augmented by students who stayed on after earning their degrees” (Sturner, 2011). [...]
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