Cultural Studies 2370-22420
January 8, 2014
The Real Meaning of Culture: Mexico
When you first hear about Mexico the first things that cross through our minds is Mexicans, Spanish, tacos, spicy food, or illegal aliens. We ignore the fact that it is a country that has its history and beautiful places like any other country in this world. In this course I have learned a little of my origins and culture. I am a Mexican- American raised here in the United States, but honestly did not know much of Mexico. However, in this course I have learned about the culture and the story behind many of the habits that were initiated back then and still existing up to this date in many of Mexican people.
To begin with making plans or initiating a business at Mexico is not as easy at it sounds (Unit 1). The good thing about making business there is that not only they care about making a good business, but knowing well their business partner. In many places you can begin a business and not have a clue of your business partner. In Mexico it is accustomed to know first the person well, welcome them into your family as they welcome you in theirs. In addition, they prefer a good trust worthy friendship over a business deal, many of the agreements are based on knowing each other well, if not they do not make any deal. Like many of us, we consider our family our first priority over anything; they do as well. When they introduce you their family is because they respect you and trust you, when they do so they also feel like you have become part of their family.
One of the couple things that cross your mind when they mention Mexico is spicy food (Unit 2). They have a tendency of eating spicy food on a daily basis. A typical habit they have of eating is three meals per day, desayuno, comida, and cena. A desayuno for Mexicans is breakfast, for example like when we eat pancakes, drink juices or coffee. Another meal is comida, for us that is lunch. During this meal is when it is eaten the most; it is considered the biggest meal of the day. At last the cena, is the lightest meal of the day. It is considered a healthier way of living and a good way not to go with an up loaded stomach to sleep at night. A fact a learned in this unit was that vanilla extract was usually used to cure a stomach problem, that is an example that our science has evolved throughout the years, because now days to relief a stomach pain you take Pepto-Bismol.
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