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Assimilating to a New Culture

“I think one of the greatest things about coming into a new culture and assimilating to it is the fact that you actually understand your culture better.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for Assimilating to a New Culture I think one of the greatest things about coming into a new culture and assimilating to it […]

Very White-Looking

“I remember having to make a distinct choice of who I was going to hang out with.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Very White-Looking Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for Very White-Looking So my dad’s from Mexico, and my mom’s from Wisconsin, so I’m really Mexican-American. And he decided that we live in America, […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

“That duality of culture…” Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, Multicultural Collections Coordinator, Library and Archives Division, Indiana Historical Society. Transcript for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church I feel like the Irish or the Eastern European, like, Slovaks, the Croatian, the Hungarians – they all have their own churches. And so, the Mexicans had their own church, and it […]

Me Coming Home

“…the Mexican-American community in the United States – it wasn’t really taught in high school.” Transcript for Me Coming Home That’s another mentality, too. Growing up in East Chicago, everyone wanted to know where you were. And you always mentioned, you know, “I’m north side. I’m south side. I’m from the Harbor. I’m from Sunnyside. […]

I Am the Melting Pot

“I don’t like being around one culture… How else are you going to learn?” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them in […]

I See Myself as a Bridge

“Sometimes I feel like I’m in the middle of two worlds, four worlds, and sometimes I feel like I’m not a part of any of them.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for […]

Words Have a Lot of Power

“How I make meaning in this world goes back to where I grew up.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them in […]

We Are a Unit

“American parents say, ‘Be independent.’ Mexican parents say, ‘You’re staying home.’” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions How does the speaker describe the difference between an American and a Mexican way of raising children?  Why does the speaker lean “towards the American […]

Neither Mexican Nor American

“More importantly than bilingual in my mind is bicultural.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them in the comment box for our […]