Cultural Diversity

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Capstone Checkpoint Eth125

❖ What information about race and ethnicity in the United States has helped you better understand or relate to specific minority groups?

❖ Have you learned something new about your own cultural history?

❖ Trends in immigration will continue to shape the face of the United States. What will this face look like in the year 2050?

❖ How can the country best prepare for the changing race and ethnicity of its current and future citizens?

Being a minority has always been a plus for me, because I have been able to understand the struggles of other race and ethnic groups in America. However for me one of the most impacting things that I learned is the concentration camps that took place here in American soil with the Japanese American. This had a big impact on me and has prompted me to learn more about there culture and where they are now. I have also learned about how at one point and time everyone was once an immigrant, in this country. So, basically, everyone has had the same struggles to learn a new language and how to get along with each other. One of the things that I learned about my own cultural sadly is the high numbers of High school drop outs in other Hispanic groups even more than in Mexicans. Another thing I learned is how Hispanics have made a difference in this country since the early 1800’s.

According to an article on USA today there are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants and two thirds of a million legal immigrants increasing the population of the United States each year, it is clear we will all have to adapt to cultural differences over the next 40+ years and beyond. These means a major culture change will take place in this country. One of the largest minority groups entering the United States, both legally and illegally, is the Hispanic population, primarily from Mexico; this group will have the greatest influence on American culture. To prepare for this cultural shift, learning and...