Identity Profile of a Mexican Immigrant Narrative Essay by scribbler

Identity Profile of a Mexican Immigrant
A profile of Cesar Martinez, a thirty-year-old Mexican immigrant who was deported back to Mexico.
# 153210 | 957 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on May 07, 2013 in Sociology (Multiculturalism) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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The paper describes Cesar's younger years in Michoacan, Mexico, including his troubled home life, his gang involvement, his two years in prison and finally, his desire to end his gang ties, change direction and cross the desert into Arizona. The paper then looks at how Cesar lived the next six years of his life as an illegal immigrant in the farmlands in central California, discussing how he became the father of a daughter, until he was detained by the California Highway Patrol that ended in his deportation. The paper shows how Cesar's personal history is one of stereotypical identities and choices that continuously defied expectations. The paper addresses how he perceives himself and points out that he is acutely aware of how other men, both police and gang members, continue to assume he is gang affiliated. The paper also considers his identity in relation to culture.

From the Paper:

"Cesar is a thirty-year-old Mexican man who was recently deported from the United States to Mexico. Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Cesar has always been a quick learner, with above-average verbal skills. As a young child, Cesar enjoyed school a great deal, and often completed his work quickly. He was easily bored, and developed a habit of distracting others and leading them off-task. While he was both charismatic and likeable, Cesar struggled with a very difficult home life plagued by substance abuse and domestic violence. He assumed the role of protector, shielding his mother and sisters from his father's drunken rages. As he grew he became physically aggressive with his father, and this tendency to protect others also developed into impulsive bouts of anger and violence directed at individuals in his school and community. At approximately fourteen years of age, Cesar joined the Latin Kings gang, a decision that defined a better part of his adolescence and young adulthood.
"As an adolescent Cesar's identity was highly influenced by messages regarding the physical strength and power of gang-involved youth. His appearance, his clothing, and his mannerisms were all determined by the auspices of Latino gang culture, which, interestingly, is intrinsically tied to hip hop culture in the United States. At fourteen years old Cesar had his first contact with the police when he was caught with a gun in the street."

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