Cultural Awareness

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A) Mexico
B) Moved from Mexico with parents at age 4. Parents migrated in hopes of better economic situation and education for children.
C) Started community college, but has not finished. Currently works at restaurant in the kitchen, lives with parents and younger siblings and contributes to household bills/rent.
II.
A) Speaks both English and Spanish fluently; first language learned was Spanish and it is the dominant language spoken in the home. B) Friendly and open about customs and family life. Not as open about “feelings”; but interviewee is a 21 yo male so that may hinder openness of communication. C) Preference of closer personal space, but avoids eye contact when not speaking to peers. (ex: tends to look down when addressing his boss). D) Male to male- loud verbal greeting and/or teasing. Male to female- very respectful and much more reserved than with male counterparts. Limited verbal expressions towards authority figures. E) Present time orientation; relaxed about time and punctuality; focus mainly on immediate short term goals. F) (First name) + (second first name) used if first name is used multiple times already within a family and may very often be the baptismal name + (mother’s maiden name) + (paternal last name) + (husbands last name) if applicable. Most do not go by this long formal name on a day to day basis but will go by their first or second name with paternal last name.
III.
A) Patriarchal family structure, putting the eldest healthy male at the head of the family. Responsible for making decisions for the best of his whole family. B) Males believe in concept of “machismo” which refers to a male’s manhood, courage to fight, honor/dignity, keeping one’s word and protecting one’s name. Males are awarded more privileges than female counterparts. C) Can be restricted to small social circles…...

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