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Multicultural Experience Essay

1413 words - 6 pages

Multicultural Experience
Blake Runkle
August 15, 2012
Rockel Etinne

Multicultural Experience
There are many uncomfortable situations that people deal with, situations such as eating foods that a person does not usually eat or attending a religious service other than his or her own. In this paper the topics that will be discussed will first be to describe an experience that I was in and felt uncomfortable at the time of this experience. The next topic discussed will be to discuss the preconceived notions about the experience. After this topic explaining how the notions were affected by a ...view middle of the document...

Every individual receives information and processes it with his or her learned patterns. Some information is influenced by loved ones or people respected by the individual making the decision. These opinions later become set answers to certain questions. The preconceived notion the writer had about attending the client’s families was that Mexicans do not speak English very well or not at all. This concerned the writer because communication is very important. The writer was also concerned whether the client’s family was legal citizens of The United States of America and if there could become trouble if immigration officers came.
During this experience the family began to start speaking English. When asked if all the members in the family could speak English the reply was “yes.” The notion that was thought about the family was affected by group influence. When raised in Indiana there are limited Hispanics. Most are farm workers who rarely communicate with others. This leads to people or groups in Indiana believing that Mexicans only speak Spanish because that is all he or she hears Hispanics speak. This is not always the case; it may be true if a person is in Mexico or parts of Central America. This could also be true in Germany or some parts of Morocco also. “The root of this stereotype seems to be grounded in the fact many Hispanic folks continue to converse in Spanish; perhaps giving English speakers the impression that this is the only language they speak.  This is usually not the case.  But for anyone that has been on the receiving end of a very angry Latina, you will realize that Hispanics know the English language very, very well indeed” Top 10 Racial Stereotypes (2012). The other notion of thinking that all Hispanics are illegal immigrants comes from the news and the Arizona politicians. While living in Arizona one has noticed the fight against illegal immigrants, realizing that there is border patrol and the news discussing the fight against illegal immigrants. If a person listens to the news or talk shows, one would come to conclusion that all Hispanics in America are illegal. Without a doubt there is an immigrant problem, but this does not validate that all Hispanics in the United States are illegal. Some Hispanics are seasonal workers who have work visas. He or she comes to the US to work and return home. Other Hispanics proceed and get documents completed to become a United States citizen. Finally there are the Hispanics born in the US. “The dramatic rise in the Latino population doesn’t indicate a mass exodus past the border patrol.  It’s a whole lot easier to be a Hispanic immigrant to the US than it is being a Haitian or German – there’s a lot more water to cross for those folks” Top 10 Racial Stereotypes (2012).
When the client’s family was asked if all the family members spoke English the family began to laugh then replied “yes.” The family replied that they are a fourth generation...

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