Culture of New York Puerto Ricans Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the cultural significance of Puerto Ricans speaking Spanish in New York.
# 145601 | 1,029 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Language (General) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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The writer explains why language is one of the most important elements of the Puerto Rican culture in New York. The writer includes his personal experience of growing up in a household that used Spanish and English. The writer contends that speaking Spanish is not a refusal to assimilate into American culture, but it is an integral part of Puerto Rican identity.

From the Paper:

"I believe this is the case, and I grew up in a household that uses Spanish and English, and it seems natural to me. I believe that most people of Puerto Rican descent hang on to their language because it reminds them of home, and of what they left behind, and that they need to hang on to their culture, because it is an important area of their lives and history. I think that people like my generation, who are second-born in America, can forget their culture and their history, and become more "American" in their ideas and culture, and that if they do not learn to speak Spanish; they are truly missing an important element in their lives. The authors state, "Many Puerto Ricans feel that this Americanization is a threat to the conservation of Puerto Rican communities and identities" (Garcia and Nieves-Ferreri). I think my parents feel that way, and they want to hang on to the culture more than I do, because they are more aware of it, and what their parents gave up when they moved to this country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Editors. "Puerto Rico People." To Puerto 2009. 17 Jan. 2009.<>.
  • Garcia, Jessica and Nieves-Ferreri, Kristin. "?Hablas Spanish?: The Linguistic Culture of Bronx Puerto Ricans." New York University. 2001. 17 Jan 2009.<>.

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