Unit 1: Cultures in Contact Essay

For my first unit 1 blog I wanted to choose topics that covered different aspects of cultures in contact. My region of choice was Mexico, but instead of just focusing on Mexico I wanted to focus on the connection between American and Mexican cultures in contact in both the U.S. and Mexico. I talked about topics like food, immigration, and language. All these things involve usually both cultures. The food aspect for example shows how Mexican food, which is a huge part of the culture, is infiltrating and gaining mass following in the U.S. What I liked about the Chipotle example is that the founder of Chipotle is not of Mexican decent but got inspired by the Mexican culture seen all around California in the street vendors selling burritos and tacos. Chipotle is a great example of a product of two cultures in contact. I also wanted to post something on Hollywood’s and the media’s portrayal of Hispanics in TV. Why are we not seeing Latin American in lead roles in Hollywood and why is it that when they are given a lead role characters are more than often being portrayed as stereotypes?
On to another topic I really wanted to talk about language because I think that along with food, the language you speak is a large part of the culture you belong to. Spanglish or code switching and word borrowing is something that is happening not just in Border States but also all over the nation. The arguments for and against it are all very appealing. Does it hurt your abilities in either language to partake in code switching and word borrowing? Does it enrich culture or create new cultures? These all questions I ask myself. The Blog on Unit one really aims to cover what I consider major consequences or issues that rise when to cultures come into contact.

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A perspective on double nationalities.

A perspective on double nationalities.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/americas/mexican-american-dual-nationals-voting/index.html

I believe that having a double nationality promotes cultures to continue to flourish outside of their home nations, by allowing citizens to keep their rights even after gaining a diffrent nationality we discourgae the loss of second language and culture. This also allows the home country to benefit from the insite of residents who have experience living under a diffrent governemnt.

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Jokes

Jokes

Jokes about a certain aspect of any culture tend to be very controversial. I am Mexican and found these jokes very hilarious, but the reason for including them in the Blog was because they relate to my previous post on language. These jokes are very common because these two cultures have been in contact and continue to be. 

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: WATER 
My wife gets mad and I don’t even know water
problem is!

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: MUSHROOM 
Yo’, when all my familia gets in the car, there’s not mushroom.

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: CHICKEN
My girlfriend wanted me to go to the store, but chicken go by herself.

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: JULY
Ju tol me ju were goin to the store and July to me!
Julyer!

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: WAFER
I wanted to go with my mom to the flea market pero she didn’t wafer me!

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: TISSUE
I told you if you didn’t know how to do it, I could tissue.

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: CASHEW 
I was running after you but I couldn’t cashew!

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY: JUICY 
Hey man, I’m looking for Paco, tell me if juicy him!

 

 

Jokes from website;    http://jokemail.blogspot.com/2008/06/say-it-with-mexican-accent.html

 

 

 

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New York City: Melting pot? or not?

New York City: Melting pot? or not?

http://www.momentmag.com/new-york-city-melting-pot/

 

This article doesn’t specificly talk about my region, but I does express an opinion I agree with on a topic we breifly mentioned in class. At a first glance the topic being argued might seemed heart warming, but in reality the fact that it even needed to become headlining news shows its nothing to feel heartwarmed about but rather a harsh wake up call that this country still has a lot of progress to make. 

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Law SB 1070

Law SB 1070

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/opinion/stopping-the-free-for-all-in-immigration-laws.html?smid=pl-share

Law SB 1070 was seen as a threat not just to illegal immigrants but also to legal ones who feared to be targeted, and certainly created tension among supporters and their opponentes. This issue goes far beyond legal and ilegal immigration and tackles issues of marginalization in areas like Arizona where two cultures are certainly coming in contact in this border state with Mexico.