Four Branches of the Hispanic Tree

Four Branches of the Hispanic Tree
“Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Guatemalan and Cuban”
By Lisa Vickers
May 30, 2010
ETH 125

  The Hispanic race resembles a tree, because there are many different ethnic groups that have branched off. The Hispanic label can be broken down into many populations of different people that share common heritage, but are very different in many ways. Four branches of the Hispanics are: Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Guatemalan, and Cuban.   Some differences within these cultures are: language, politics, and interactions with each other, economic standings, religious beliefs, and family status.   These many differences make the culture unique to their people, and can separate it from other cultures that are similar to it.
The Mexican American culture originated in Mexico, but for many years has been emerging in the United States. They tend to immigrate to the United States in search for any type of work, to make better a life there. Mexican Americans’ language consists of mostly Spanish, but when they immigrate into the U.S., they usually begin to learn the English Language. Most Mexican Americans have been left out or just don’t take part in the politics of their government, until” Alberto Gonzales, a Mexican American, was selected as the United States Attorney General. [   (Wikipedia, n.d.) ]” Once they could have someone like them in the government, they took a little more interest into political views. Mexican Americans’ social standings rely mostly on family. Family honor and name are very important, and families are usually large.   Their families consist of immediate, but also extended family, to which both are equally important. The man is the authority figure of the household and tends to make all the decisions. The woman will always be second to their husbands, and usually tend to the kids and cooking. In Mexico, their economic standing is very low, and is a poor country. Most Mexican Americans have immigrated to the...