Gary Soto's Like Mexicans: Personal Experiences Essay

1875 Words Oct 2nd, 1999 8 Pages
Gary Soto's Like Mexicans: Personal Experiences

My decision to write in response to Gary Soto's 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
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One particular part in this short story that really disturbed me, was the fact that Gary and his friend Scott at a young age could make the distinction among their different ethnic groups. By this I mean that there was an acknowledgment that both Gary and his friend Scott came from different ethnicity groups and should therefore keep within their groups when considering marrying. Couples often marry those of the same ethnic identity for a sense of familiarity. One may also want to spend their life with an individual who shares the same cultural ideology. This shared ideology could be political, religious, economic etc. A shared or common ideology reduces conflict and creates a sense of unity. Marriage after all is supposedly the act of two people uniting for the rest of their lives. I would not be a bit surprised if Scott at the same time was being reinforced by family members or peers that he too should stay among his own people. "No offense, Scott," I said with an orange slice in my mouth, "but I would never marry an Okie" We walked in step almost touching, with a sled of shadows behind us. "No offense, Gary," Scott said , "but I would never marry a
Mexican." (page 696) I often have similar conversations with my good friend and housemate
Adrian, in which I often find myself believing that I should marry a good
Mexicana. I haven't been

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