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Going Outside of the Culture

From Audio: A Community of Culture: The Hispanic Perspective

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If you immigrate to the United States and have kids there, you'd better expect your child to bring someone home that isn't Hispanic sooner or later. Children of Hispanic immigrants talk about their experiences with meeting and mingling with other cultures.
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Immigration to the United States means an inevitable mix with other cultures. If you immigrate to the United States and have kids there, you'd better expect your child to bring someone home that isn't Hispanic sooner or later. Children of Hispanic immigrants talk about their experiences with meeting and mingling with other cultures.
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and they look at my arms and say why are your arms so hairy? And I'd be like, well, you know, I'm, you know, I'm half, I'm half mexican and I kind of had to explain that to them. And then that kind of made me start to see our differences and growing up, I later realized that my white grandparents are a bit racist and so being with them um as a child, I didn't really pick that up. But as I grew up, I did notice things and when we were out shopping they would make comments or when we discussed, you know, my father, they would make comments and and that's something that's been really hard to deal with because you know, it's your family and you want to love them, but some people just don't accept you for for who you are. And so you know, race relations and that sort of thing is like a touchy topic but it's you know, it's out there, it's there and you can't ignore it. So and for me, I guess when you look at my family, it's everyone from my uncle's both types of my family uh grandparents. They're just it's mexican and mexican, it's very, I don't know for some reason it's just turned into that. I don't think it's a conscious thing to do that don't think they're opposed to, you know marrying a black person marrying a white person mary an asian, but for some reason I feel like it hasn't happened, my family at least I don't know if that's indicative of everything else, but it might be because possibly I think our culture is really binding and if you're inside that culture, you kind of get it, you kind of understand that, you know, we have the same values, the same morals. I think maybe that explains why my family has for the most part been, you know, mexican and the mexican. And I think the divide within my family isn't so big, but like for me especially, it's different cause I know the language, I'm pretty much one of the only people in my family, which is, which is sad and unfortunate that really doesn't know the language and as Nicole said it, it comes down to the school system. I've tried to pick it up, but they don't really do an adequate job, you know, enforcing the rules and trying to get you to actually, the language is kind of cursory everything on the side. That's just like, hey, just get this great and then move on. So I think that that's a big deal for that. Um, I guess for me, like um, the conversation of marrying outside of the culture, I don't think it's ever really brought up or it's something that we've actually discussed. I mean, like I said, I'm from like a border town also and the high school that I went to, it's a five a high school and like my whole entire high school with hispanic, like we didn't have like a a white kid, we didn't have like we didn't have diversity basically in my high school. And I think because of that, I don't know that the conversation just hasn't really brought up. So I don't know, we've never really talked about it I guess, but I want to say that I don't think they have a problem with it, but that's just based off the assumption. Well my two sisters actually married a white men and um, both marines and they're really uh, they're great, they're great with our family there. We were really accepting. You know, we, my parents raised me no stereotypes, no nothing, everyone is equal and we accepted them and they're part of our family and we, I have two nephews that are all white and you know, they don't look anything like me or my family, but hey, there are blood and that's what we know and um I'm just really happy that my family was able to do that
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