Myself and the world
My name is Jorge Jimenez. I was originally born in Mexico City, Mexico. I consider myself a male Hispanic. My family and I are members of the LDS religion. We all speak Spanish and are pretty used to living in big cities. I can say that half of my life I spent in Mexico City. Living the though taught me a lot of things. I was able to learn the true essence about my culture and traditions. It is very true Mexico possesses a collectivist culture and that family is the most important thing of our society. My family is very religious. My great grandparents were some of the first Mormon converts in Mexico City and pretty much built the foundation of the LDS church in that area of my home country.
My family is extremely unique. We all believe in unity and mutual support. We know that our decisions could affect other family members. I have not taken many decisions that do not involve my family’s opinion, especially that of my parents. I am not saying, however, that we are bound to the idea that we cannot live an individualistic life. Since my parents and I moved to this country, we have always tried to keep our traditions and culture My siblings and I have tried our hardest to never forget who we are and where we come from. Our food, Mexican holidays and other costumes are rooted to our everyday life. Even though we live in this country, my parents, siblings and I treasure our identity with love and passion.
Moving to this country was a challenge. I have lived in Utah for about 10 years now. I do miss Mexico City every day. I actually go back there once a year to visit my cousins and friends. However, I have to say that I love living in big cities. I served my mission in Nashville, Tennessee and I absolutely loved it. I spent about 18 months of my mission in Nashville and it was great; just the fact of meeting new people, going to new places every day makes life in the city thrilling and exiting. Since I moved to this country I have always been in contact with people than a different culture than mine. I have learned how to adapt and interact with the people from this country, but it was not always the same.
My two cultural identification will be a race and socioeconomic class. I am a middle class Hispanic. I have learned that people that are wealthier than me are not too different from me. They do have more money, but they also work really hard and have spent time and resources on school education. However, I have had the chance to interact people who are part of a lower class than mine. Back when I was in Nashville, I was able to interact with people who consider themselves poor. They were not too different from me either. Even though they did not have a lot of education or money, they were people who believed in unity and mutual cooperation.
These people were very humble and caring. I guess that their lack of money made them more sensitive and open to collectivism and group support. Some of these people were Hispanic and share some of my same values and beliefs about family and even religion. It is admirable to see how their low resources did not impede their willingness to achieve their goals and dreams. Some of these people were actually really smart and intelligent. Should they have the resources to go to College, they would probably be very successful. I know that some people with a lower socioeconomic status are not really looking to change their ways. Nevertheless, many of these Hispanic families moved here in order for their children to have a better future and opportunities.
My parents always taught me to treat others with equality, no matter their race, ethnicity or sociologic status. As a matter of fact, my family has come in contact with a lot of people different from us. This is why they have taught me to always treat others with respect. Every person in this world has a different reason or motive to live. The world is indeed very different. We all have different traditions and points of view about certain things. However, I believe that we all contribute to the world somehow.Most of the knowledge I have gained about other cultures, races and ethnicities have come from my parents’ teachings. They really tried to teach me and my sibling about the equality of men and respect for human beings. I am Hispanic, therefore I am minority. I have had some teacher throughout high school and College who also from part of a minority group. I have to say that most of them shared some of my values and beliefs. Media today has tried to shape a concept about certain cultures and groups.
There are a lot of stereotypes and false beliefs about other countries and people that media has created throughout the years, which I believe is not completely true. For instance, that sushi video that we watched could be a perfect example of this. To us that short video clip was quite funny and entertaining, but there could be people out there that can actually believe that people in Japan do behave that way. Media can be quite powerful and even dangerous if not used correctly or ethically. I believe that at the end of this communication course my view about other cultures and countries will have truly changed. I want to be able to interact and understand other more. I guess some of the questions that I would like to ask you would be: Do you believe that racism was created for the lack of understanding and interaction? Do you think a person would be able to be a minority for one day? These are some of the questions that I have that kind of encompasses my doubts about race and stereotypes.