Salsa: A Taste of Hispanic Culture

Salsa: A Taste of Hispanic Culture

Salsa: A Taste of Hispanic Culture

Salsa: A Taste of Hispanic Culture

Synopsis

By focusing on the daily routines and patterns of human interaction in the Hispanic society, cultural perspectives not usually addressed through more frequently studied areas such as art and music are examined in this book. The book consists of 26 chapters relating to different themes that collectively provide an understanding of cultural responses.

Excerpt

For cultural integration to occur, a knowledge of the habits, beliefs, patterns of behavior, and values of that culture is critically important. Indeed, understanding its expectations is as essential as knowing its language.

Involvement with this new environment offers an opportunity to appreciate how others cope with everyday life situations. The learner soon realizes that the cultural tendencies of the host group are not necessarily correct or incorrect, appropriate or inappropriate, better or worse; they are different. And ultimately adjustment to the culture's standards of behavior can become part of this learning adventure, most often without abandonment of one's personal value systems.

With such an understanding as its base, this book has been written to increase awareness of the idiosyncrasies of Hispanic culture; to inspire mutual respect and appreciate differences between cultures; to value the beauty of diversity; to show that understanding cultural nuances is as important as language in the interaction with and appreciation of an ethnic group; to comprehend the reasons for behavioral responses of a locale; and to become aware of the interconnectedness of this behavior with factors such as history, origin and weather.

This book has been written with a wide range of readers in mind. It has been created for those individuals who are minimally acquainted with the Hispanic culture and would like to become more informed; for high school and college students taking Spanish courses; for professionals teaching Hispanics in English as a Second Language (ESL) pro-

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