Hispanic Culture Research Paper

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The majority of Hispanics come from Central America, and South America; the other portion comes from Spain. Hispanics can be classified as one culture but they can also hold a variety of subcultures depending of their geographic location and/or socio economic status. The speaking language is predominantly Spanish, and the majority of the Hispanic culture is very religious, mainly Catholic. Traditional Hispanic food is very important within the culture, as “it brings family together.” The woman is the one that usually prepares and cooks the food, and family gatherings are highly valued. Traditional Hispanic food is full of flavor with a variety of texture and most of it is derived from rice and vegetables that have been flavored with a base…show more content…
Teachers’ approach is more authoritarian and the classroom is mostly teacher-centered based. Rote memorization is used for the most part in education, and that can be an issue when Hispanic students come to United States and have never used critical thinking in the classroom, which is very important in certain subjects such as science and engineering. Hispanic students living in the United States often face problems with language and sentence structure. Words are often flipped in sentences and written with phonological errors; for example: “la casa roja” will be written “the house red” in some cases. House means casa, and red means roja. Native-Spanish may say “espeak,” because in Spanish the /sp/ sequence is used medially (español), never initially. When living in the United States, some Hispanics can be geographically mistaken. For example, Costa Ricans can be mistaken for Panamanians, or depending of the state they live in, most Hispanics are mistaken for Mexicans when they can be from a variety of Latin American countries: Mexico, Cuba, and Colombia. Some people imagine Panama, the country, as to a place with a rainforest and monkeys or wild animals everywhere. They will never imaging the city of Panama with similarities to the city of Miami. Another typical stereotype is portraying Hispanic women as curvaceous, very sensual, passionate and “crazy” in character. While in other situations, they are shown as family-oriented, conservative and

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