Cultural Identity Merissa Padilla

What does cultural identity mean to me?

Cultural identity - The things that form the way you express yourself in your everyday life such as clothing, music, and art; which is mostly influenced by ethnicity .

Personally I identify with Hispanic ethnicity.

Geography

Most people that identify with being Hispanic are mostly located in Mexico, South America or Central America. From the year 2013 there are 122.3 million people populating the region.

My father was born in the city of Tampico, Mexico.

Language

The prime language that people of the Hispanic groups is Spanish. Spanish was created by obtaining specific parts of a Latin language originated in Central America. Spanish is the native language for over 332 million people. Many words were borrowed when engaging in conversation with the indigenous people.

Is there any specific traits that could make you separate this ethnicity with any other?

I think someone can tell someone is Mexican by skin tone or the darkness of their hair, but even then it depends on both parents. My mother identifies with hispanic but has very light skin since her mother is also very light.

Food

Traditional and Homestyle food is very important in Hispanic culture…

Breakfast: Huevos rancheros is a popular Mexican breakfast.

Lunch: There is a lot of different varieties when talking about lunch. The most well liked Mexican foods are tamales, tacos and enchiladas.

Dinner: Dinner is very close to the items served at lunch, most popular foods are Menu-do or bondiga soup.

Dessert: Flan is a very rich dessert that is enjoyed by many people

Art

The most famous art medium in Mexico is traditional paint and/ or mural. Also something that seems to be always in vogue is ceramic pottery.

For example Diego Rivera is one of the popular Hispanic artists and his most popular works are paintings. Diego Rivera's work was later exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1933

Some of his Works include

‘the flower carrier’ (1935), ‘creation’ (1923) and also the one that you are seeing now 'Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park' 1947.

Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park (1947)

Music

Another great form of expressing one's individuality in Hispanic culture is music. There are many types, speeds, and rhythms to Hispanic music.

Selena Quintanilla was just one example of a well known Mexican American singer and songwriter. In 1992 she released “enter a mi mundo” which became number one on the us billboard regional Mexican albums. She died on March 31, 1995 from a gun wound. She is still very appreciated and missed.

Selena Quintanilla

Facts about Mexico

Chocolate was first introduced to the World by Mexico.

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, has the highest elevation and is the oldest city in North America.

Mexico's the 10th largest oil producer in the world and is the largest producer of silver.

In Mexico a lot of people died due to scorpion stings 10 times as many people are killed from scorpion stings than snake bites.

Citations

Yafai, Nabil. "Latino/Hispanic Culture in the U.S." InterExchange. N.p., 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.

"Spanish." Accredited Language Services. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.

"Diego Rivera." 47 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.

Hetter, Katia. "Selena Remembered: 20 Years after Her Death." CNN. Cable News Network, 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.

Sunkara, Naga Rao. "50 Amazing Facts about Mexico." Spinfold. N.p., 13 Apr. 2014. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.

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