My Cultural Heritage Descriptive Essay by scribbler

My Cultural Heritage
An in-depth description of this author's native homeland, the Dominican Republic, and his cultural heritage.
# 153462 | 2,263 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Ethnic Studies (General)


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Description:

This author describes his native homeland, the Dominican Republic, and provides a brief history of this country in the Caribbean. The author looks at the behaviors and values of the people of the Dominican Republic and details their food preferences, dress styles, child rearing patterns and discipline, sexual identity, the role of mother, father, grandparents and siblings, and their language and speech patterns. The author then looks at religion and attitudes towards it, marriage and courtship, drugs and/or alcohol use, health practices including folk medicine, and education and employment. The paper also briefly addresses the political scene and the citizens' attitudes towards politics.

Outline:
Brief History of the "Old Country"
Behaviors and Values
Food Preferences
Dress Styles
Child Rearing Patterns and Discipline
Sexual Identity
Role of Mother, Father, Grandparents, and Siblings
Language and Speech Patterns
Religion and Attitudes towards It
Marriage and Courtship
Drugs and/or Alcohol Use
Health Practices including Folk Medicine and Attitudes
Education and Employment
Politics and Attitudes towards Participation

From the Paper:

"Generations upon generations of Americans do not really consider the United States as their "true home country" because they came here in search of a better life and future not only for themselves but for their loved ones. Despite their reasons for living their native homelands, they still have fond memories of the "old country". I for one am no different since I originated from the Dominican Republic, an island paradise in the Caribbean that occupies almost 70% of the island of Hispaniola. Hispaniola actually comprises of two nations, Haiti to the west and the Dominican Republic on the eastern side. I have wonderful memories as I recall the stories about my family's home country. Whenever I listen to them, I cannot help but feel nostalgic especially when they talk about the family gatherings during special occasions and how everyone knew each other in our the neighborhood where my parents and grandparents lived.
"The Dominican Republic is the second largest country occupying the Caribbean; Cuba being the first. Like most countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, the Dominican Republic was settled in and colonized by Spanish conquistadors during the 15th century. When Christopher Columbus first discovered the island in 1492, he named it La Isla Espanola, which became Hispaniola."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The World Factbook: Dominican Republic. Apr. 2011. 03 May. 2011. <https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/dr.html>.
  • Kwintessential. Dominican Republic - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. 2008. 03 May 2011. <http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/dominican-republic-country-profile.html>.
  • Van Eps Garlo, Elizabeth. Countries and Their Culture: Dominican Republic. 2006. 03 May 2011. <http://www.everyculture.com/Cr-Ga/Dominican-Republic.html>.

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