Category Archives: Hispanic Culture

Becoming Learners of Cultures and Ethnicities

Being a Hispanic American, and having been part of two cultures and languages most of my life, I have learned a few things that can help us in relating to other cultures. These are simple things to keep in mind and practice to become intentional learners of other people’s cultures. 1. Be proactive in learning […]

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Características de la cultura hispana: Familia es Familia (Permaneciendo Cerca)

 En el año 2014 escribí varios cortos ensayos en inglés sobre las características o distintivas de la cultura hispana que ahora reproduzco en Español. La idea de estos breves ensayo era de describir ciertas características que todos o la mayoría de los hispanos poseemos, especialmente en los Estados Unidos. Obviamente, hay muchas culturas que comparten […]

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What I Learned From McFarland USA

Last weekend we watched McFarland USA and we enjoyed the movie (my 11 year old son who runs with me everyday couldn’t stop talking about it). It is based on a true story and though it has some departures from the real events it stays close to real events. The plot is simple but it […]

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Hispanics Cultural Distinctives

Here are all postings relating to Hispanic culture. These are characteristics that for the most part are true. There are exceptions and changes do happen over time. Yet, as a second generation Hispanic myself I know these are true in our family. These are not only helpful for non-Hispanics who wish to understand us better […]

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Hispanic Culture: Tiempo

Hispanics (as other cultures as well) are notoriously known for being late, according to those who go by their watches and not by the Hispanic cultural watch.  If for example, you invite someone to a party they will can show up two or more hours late.  I’m not kidding here. Not too long ago we […]

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Hispanic Culture: Comida (barriga llena corazón contento)

Another cultural characteristic of Hispanic culture is food. There is no question that Hispanics love food.  The saying, “Barriga llena corazón contento” (stomach full, happy heart) has the idea that when you have eaten well, you feel happy and satisfied. It reflects the Hispanic culture’s attitude that food has a special place in daily living […]

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Hispanic Culture: Pasión (de corazón).

Another characteristic of Hispanic culture, one which is often misunderstood is “pasión” or passion. This is not limited to what we associate with romance (After all the Spanish language is part of the Romance languages) but more in general and how they embrace life. This “pasión” or passion can be seen in many ways. For […]

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Hispanic Culture: Mi Casa es Su Casa – Personalismo

One very important aspect of Hispanic culture is “personalismo” or the idea of being personal. This is an attribute that goes against being impersonal or individualistic which is prevalent in our American culture. “Personalismo” is seen in every aspect of Hispanic culture. It is evident in the family which extends itself to more than just […]

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Hispanic Culture: Roles

Hispanic culture follows traditional roles (“roles” is spelled the same in Spanish but the “e”  [and s] is pronounced with the equivalent of the short sound in English). Normally, the father is the bread winner outside of the home. He works really hard to provide for his family. Usually, this involves long days and coming home […]

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Hispanic Culture: Aquí Se Habla Español

In Hispanic culture, the Spanish language is considered just as important as all other values. Not speaking Spanish, which usually happens with grand kids, is anathema and will incur the title of “Gringo” (a slang term for White American). The idea is that you are forgetting your language (your roots) and do not want to be […]

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