Hispanic American Diversity

Courtney Gollehon
Axia College
ETH/ 125
December 13, 2009
There are many differences in all Hispanic American groups across the globe. Particularly Mexican Americas, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Brazilian Americans differ greatly. These groups differ in many aspects like in language, politics, socially, economically, religiously and familial. These groups also have several similarities within these aspects and others.
The majority of Mexican Americans speak English. However, it is very common to see a Mexican American speakSpanish. As in other groups there have been debates over whether or not to teach in English or in Spanish within the education systems. Politically, Mexican Americans tend to favor the Democratic Party. Among Mexican American political history, one memorable event was the fact that the majority of Mexicans in America favored John F. Kennedy in 1960. Economically Mexican American men dominate mining, agriculture, transportation and ranching. “Mexican American women entered the labor market as farm workers, laundresses, and domestics.” (everyculture.com, n.d.) When it comes to religion, 75% of Mexican Americans are Catholic. A religious event that the Mexican Americans celebrate is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. The event commemorates the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to a converted Christian Indian. When it comes to the family life of a Mexican Americans, it is tradition for the family to name godparents for their children. The godparents serve as overseers to the child as soon as the child is baptized. Also in the family aspect, the father makes all the important decisions, economically and socially. The father is also the protector of the family’s honor.
Although not the only language spoken in Brazil, Portuguese is dominant within the Brazilian American Population. Little information exists about political involvements of Brazilian Americans. However, Brazilian Americans were heavily involved in...