July 2, 2015

Hispanics in America: 10 things you need to know

 1. The Hispanic community will make up 19% of the population in the United States by 2020. And may I say you make this country a better place.

2.  Dolores del Río, was a Mexican actress of cinema, theater and television. She was a Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s, and was one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s; and one of the first Mexican actresses to be recognized internationally.

3. Three major media networks broadcast Spanish-language television in the United States (Telemundo, MundoFox, Univision). They show lots of futbol which is awesome.My dad always preferred watching Spanish-speaking TV to American TV. He was from Austria. I think he admired the way Hispanics stuck to their culture and language. So many other groups of immigrants shed everything upon coming here which is a shame. Sharing cultures and traditions: much better.

4. Most of the presenters on these TV stations are bilingual, speaking perfect Spanish and perfect English.

5. Actress, producer and political activist Eva Longoria said this about Donald Trump in an interview with E! Marc Malkin:
"What I think he doesn't understand and what people don't understand is words create emotional poison. …Hitler moved a nation with words, just words," she said. "So you have to expect this backlash. If you say something like that, as he has said, you must expect a backlash."
 And she's so right.

6. Eva Longoria speaks perfect Spanish and perfect English.

7.  Europe isn't the only place where everybody speaks at least two languages: I don't have figures but judging from the amount of Spanish-speaking Television shows, I reckon most Hispanics in this country are bilingual. And that's awesome. Have I mentioned that before? It's awesome.

8. Eva Mendes was born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida and once thought of becoming a nun.

9. Maxim ranked Eva Mendes number seven in its 2007 Hot 100 issue (good thing she didn't become a nun. Am I right?)

10. American culture is so much more vibrant, gorgeous and richer thanks to Hispanic immigrants and Hispanic Americans.

My dad once helped the Mexican National Water Polo team at a gas station. Their car had broken down. My dad took them in and they stayed at our house until my dad was able to fix their VW bus.

Obviously, there is so much more to know about Hispanic culture and traditions, but it's a start. 

No comments: