Spanglish Essay

Topics: Culture, Cross-cultural communication, Family Pages: 4 (1308 words) Published: April 27, 2015
Jenna Shaw

Spanglish Paper

In the movie Spanglish a single Mexican mother, Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) moves to Los Angeles and becomes a housekeeper for a rich American family in hopes of being able to better provide for her daughter, Christina (Shelbie Bruce). The American family includes John (Adam Sandler) and Deborah Clasky (Tea Leoni), their kids Bernice (Sarah Steele) and Georgie (Ian Hayland), and the alcoholic grandmother, Evelyn Wright (Cloris Leachman). Flor and her daughter move in to the family’s summer home because they need Flor’s help 24/7. Deborah oversteps her boundaries with Cristina and starts paying her more attention than she does her own daughter. This upsets Flor who wants Cristina to stay in touch with her Mexican roots and working class values. It upsets Flor so much that it causes her to quit her job and leave the Clasky’s behind. Years later when Cristina is applying to Princeton University she writes about the values she has learned from this experience for her college essay. When people with different cultures interact they form a strange but strong bond. At first it is hard for them to communicate and understand one another, not only because of the language barrier but also because of the different cultures that are present. In the end they end up figuring it out and actually teaching each other different values and even languages, although the outcome of their relationship is negative.

A co-culture consists of people who are part of one culture, but live and practice their own culture in addiction to the one they live in. Collectivism is a cultural dimension where a certain culture gives the group as a whole more priority and attention rather than the actual individual in the culture. Individualistic cultures emphasize more on independence and personal achievement as well as being unique from others. In Spanglish, Flor struggles with living in a more independent Country and environment than she is used to. It is clear that she...
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