Hispanic Americans Essay

Hispanics in the USA Essay

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Today, the Hispanic population has grown tremendously over the years. We have watched the Hispanics community growth rate grow faster than any other racial and ethnic group in the nation. The Hispanic culture and community has populated all around the United States, introducing new traditions and customs. I was traveling to different to city in the States, I notice the wide spread growth of Hispanic communities, For Instance in Miami the Cuban and El Salvadoran culture is heavy populate in the area. In New York the Puerto Rican culture is dominating through out the several boroughs. I have come around town and Hispanics are known for their good food, which tends to have more diverse people try new cultural customs. Hispanic or Latino…show more content…

The Hispanic culture has a strong impact on the economy it has both negative and positive views on various parts of the economy. The positive that the more we spend the more it will boost the economy and since a lot of Hispanic take the low paying and low skill job it benefits the employer who cut cost on labor. The downside to that is that it has a negative impact is on government debt ratio (NPR.Org). Since undocumented workers generally don't pay income taxes but do use schools and other government services, they are seen as a drain on government spending. The Hispanic-American culture in the United States is becoming increasingly important in marketing and consumer behavior. Most Cuban Americans arrived in this country not as immigrants but political refugees. Due the communist Government, Cuban’s do not have rights and liberty to have freedom. So, Cuban seeks there independent in the United States. Cuban Americans had the highest rate of business ownership among Hispanic groups, with approximately one ethnic-owned enterprise for every 16 Cuban Americans (MSN, Ecarta). Mexican Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and El Salvadorians are just to name few who are parts of the Hispanic group. Each and every one of these groups shares many part of their Hispanic culture with one another but also vary in distinct ways. They all share the Spanish language, though each has a different dialect and some words spelled and pronounced the

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Juan Caminero of Cleveland won first place in the 2013 Hispanic Roundtable essay contest.Hispanic Roundtable, cleveland.com 

I wonder what a chief of the Taino tribe would say if he could see his people now. Would he recognize me as one of his own? Would his tribal tongue make sense of my broken Spanish? What if he could follow me around for an entire day? I imagine him standing behind me in class while I place a check next to a box that reads “Other”. I picture us walking home from school and the look on his face when he sees that my village is made up of concrete and brick. I like to pretend that at the end of that day he would break the language barrier; that he would put one hand on his chest, one hand on mine, and say, “Boricua”.

I am a Latino who was born and raised on the mainland United States. As a Latino in America there is a certain pride and spirituality that you carry with you. This same pride is what keeps tradition alive. It’s the reason my Abuela’s house smells like spices from Goya. It’s the reason there are festivals in the streets and flags hanging from windows. It lives in the mind of a child who doesn’t know what it tastes like to speak Spanish but is hungry to know.

We might live in a new land but there’s a reason flags from the old one wave here. It’s not political or rebellious, but what I like to call a cultural understanding. I can see it when I pass another Latino in the street and he gives me a quick nod. He doesn’t say a word but he doesn’t have to. It’s our way of telling each other, “I understand”. America is a land of struggle, victory, and the journey in between. For a young Latino, that journey means knowing where you come from and taking control of where you are going. It means living in a melting pot of cultures and still holding on to the traditions that were passed on by yours. That’s what it means to be a Latino in America. 

Juan Caminero of Cleveland graduated from the city's Mc2 Stem High School last year and now attends Cuyahoga Community College, where he is exploring a major in the recording arts. He is of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage. This essay won first place in a recent essay contest sponsored by the Hispanic Roundtable.


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