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My decision to write in response to Gary Sotos work Like Mexicans was influenced for the most part because of the similarities between myself and Gary Soto and our families included Gary Soto is a Mexican American male who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in the industrial part of a town called Fresno His grandparents came to this Great Valley in search of creating a better life for themselves and their families I am also a Mexican American male who was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley in a small town called Porterville My grandparents migrated with their children my mother father and their brothers and sisters in hopes of creating a better life for themselves as well At the time economic betterment meant working as a hired slave for minimal income and keeping your mouth shut After all you were nothing more than a wetback who came to America to reap her benefitsThis ludicrous ideology is still present today Gary Sotos grandparents and my grandparents although they may be a generation behind one another I am sure were exposed to many of the same hardships and or social barriers It was not uncommon back then as it is not uncommon today for Mexican families with minimal work skills to be forced into the fields to work with their children alongside in hopes of escaping poverty For the most part such families remained poverty stricken due to unfair and illegal wages and work conditions However irrelevant this all may sound facing similar hardships or obstacles will often create a sense of unity among those who are affected by such conditions In short I feel that not only do Gary Soto and I share a common ethnic origin but all that comes with our origin be it pride shame or ideology Like Mexicans is a short story in which Gary Soto is constantly being reminded that he should marry his own kind
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