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The term stranger is hard to define By definition the stranger is not only an outsider but also someone different and personally known Parillo 7 This definition could pertain to many people One such group of people are the Hispanic Americans Hispanic Americans are the ethnic group that attracts the most public attention Hispanics are the largest ethnic group in the United States however they are often viewed as strangers in society The main reason for this belief is because of Spanish their spoken language Despite anything else all Hispanic Americans share a common heritage and language Many feel that if one cannot speak English they are indeed a stranger Those from the same social world mutually know the languagethe stranger usually does not Parillo 7 Because of this stereotype based upon language assimilating for Hispanics is difficult Language a strong social externality is found to be a product of assimilation There are three kinds of assimilation Anglo-Conformity which is most common Cultural Pluralism and Melting Pot which is least common Many peoples ideas and beliefs of assimilation are attributed to their own viewpoints on language and education The statements given by the American Linguistic Society and Henry Catto Jr show strong contrasting viewpoints The viewpoint given by the American Linguistic Society expresses the opinion of many cultural pluralists Cultural pluralism is when two or more culturally distinct groups coexist in relative harmony Where as the statement given by Henry Catto Jr is that from an Anglo-Conformist point of view Anglo-conformity is the become like me form of assimilation Where it is expected for one to lose sight of hisher own culture and to conform to the Anglo-Saxon protestant view Richard Rodriguez and Johanna Vega are two examples of assimilated Hispanics Rodriguez as an Anglo-conformist and Vega as a cultural pluralist Richard Rodriguez is an Anglo-Conformist He is a well-educated Mexican-American from a predominately white neighborhood in Sacramento California Rodriguez would associate his views about
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