The purpose of this essay is to familiarize the reader with some of the cultural values of two prevalent minority cultures in the Western Washington area classrooms in order to create a positive learning environ resulting in higher academic achievement for these students. The two cultures discussed in this essay are Mexican Americans and Filipino Americans. Although the Sumner School District, where I work, is not highly diverse, these two minorities are represented to some degree in most of the schools. Among the important factors that influence one’s cultural identity and are discussed in this essay are: language, socioeconomics, traditions, immigration, religion, and the family organization.
Mexican American Culture Lifestyle Factors
The Mexican American culture is prevalent in the United States as it’s the largest cultural minority. Discussed in this section are immigration, family structure including roles of men & women, and religion factors impacting the lifestyles of Mexican Americans. Mexicans are the largest population of Hispanic origin living in the United States, accounting for nearly two-thirds (64.1%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2013 (Lopez, 2015).
Mexican immigrants and their descendants now make up a significant portion of the U.S. population and have become one of the most influential social and cultural groups in the country. Furthermore, the Mexican American culture will likely continue to shape U.S. life in language, politics, food, and daily living and will help define the nation 's identity for a new century (Library of Congress, n.d.).
Mexican Americans are among the oldest and newest inhabitants of the U.S. as Mexicans were already living in the Southern and Western regions of No...
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...itions in both cultures are named with Spanish terms such as Misa de Gallo and Noche Buena.
Language differences. One difference between Filipino and Mexican immigrant English language acquisition is that for Filipino 's, English is the language of education in the Philippines. Whereas the language of education in Mexico is Spanish. Additionally, Englekirk & Marin (n.d.) note that for most immigrant groups in the U.S., the use of the mother tongue and other cultural practices diminish with each successive generation. However, Mexican Americans do not fit this pattern and tend to maintain fluent use of the Spanish language (Englekirk & Marin, n.d.).
Impact on schooling & education. As Filipino American’s are more likely to speak English, their successful access to and achievement within the U.S. education system is greater than that of Mexican American’s.
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