Oct 15, 2010
Social Work 110
Diversity Paper

The population that I choose but is not very prominent in our area is the population of Portuguese. Due to the small numbers in population in our area of Eastern North Carolina and my lack of exposure to this population, my knowledge about this population was very limited. However, I was able to expand my knowledge due to further research and my own personal interview with a pastor of the Portuguese culture.
As we know the Portuguese people are native to the Iberian Peninsula in Europe, mainly the country of Portugal. Due to the large number of immigrants in this country, this country is known for the home of many immigrants.   In the 16th centuries Portuguese people started immigrating to many different places such as the Americas, India, and Macau. The Portuguese continuous immigrating resulted in many Portuguese speaking communities around the world. For many centuries the Portuguese were know for sailing and ocean navigation.
Portugal’s culture is a result from many different civilizations, varied practices, and beliefs. Portugal has a rich culture dating back to the prehistoric times. Many of their culture beliefs are displayed through the art of music, drama, and dance. Portuguese culture also puts a big emphasis on family. The family is the foundation of the social structure and forms the basis of stability. Along with the immediate family structure the extended family is very close in relationships as well. Loyalty to the family comes before any other relationships. The Portuguese culture takes great pride in their appearance and believe that your clothes represents social standing and success. The Portuguese people also show alot of respect to their hierarchy.
Portuguese religion also plays a major part in their day to day life.   Portugal considers itself Roman Catholic in many aspects of their lives such as socially, and culturally. Today 97% of Portuguese considered themselves Roman...