Compare And Contrast Hispanic Culture And American Culture

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Compare and Contrast Between Hispanic Culture and American Culture
I. Introduction
The Hispanic population has experienced an incredible growth in the past decade in the United States of America. In 2006 it was estimated that the Hispanic cover 11 % of the population in North America. Their Origin is in Mexico and the few Spanish speaking countries in the Caribbean. American culture is derived from people who originated from the European nations like Italy and the Great Britain. Cultural identity is very important for every ethnic group as it shapes the culture of that particular faction and therefore, a certain culture cannot realize its own values until it is exposed to another one.
II. Nationalism
Nationalism revolves around the attitude that people have about their national identity. It is the national days, symbols, music and the anthem among other values that bind a nation together. The Hispanics are nationalists who are proud of their traditions and history. On the other hand, Americans are proud of their way of life and they always have the assumption that everyone shares their materialistic values.
Language is an important value for the nationalistic identity of a nation. Hispanic culture is the way of life of people from Latin America and Spain, and their main identifying factor is the fact that they speak Spanish as their main language. Therefore, Hispanics are not necessarily Spaniards but other groups like Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans who speak Spanish are also part of this group (Shaw and Dennison 207). American culture on the other hand is mainly comprised of the people who speak English as their main dialect. Therefore, the Spaniards have Spanish as their native language while the Americans use English as their indigenous dialect. The Spanish language uses the Latin alphabets as compared to English that uses vowels, which in pronunciation and meaning are similar to Spanish. The two languages also differ in their phonology, grammar and vocabulary (Arreola 13).
Race and ethnicity is another important aspect in the nationalism of a nation. In the United States, racial differences are usually based on one’s skin color and physical characteristics as well as one’s origin, and they do not change due to varying classes or cultures (Marger 212). Before the twenty first century, the racial minority were highly discriminated, both socially and economically. But currently, there exist several races in America like the Asians, African Americans, Native Americans and the European Americans. On the other hand, Hispanics are racially assorted and are therefore an ethnic group rather than a race (Marger 133). Language is argued as the sole binder of the Hispanics other than skin color or other physical characteristics. They are in fact of mixed racial ancestry (Arreola 19).
Nations will always have famous people who act as icons of nationalism or who historically acted as nationalists. Both cultures draw their cultural icons...

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