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ERIC Number: ED425876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Migration and Life of Hispanics in Utah.
Gallenstein, Nancy L.
This paper presents a historical and cultural overview of the migration and life of Hispanics in Utah and identifies three themes: search for a better life, need for and acquisition of a sense of belonging, and substance of the Hispanic people. Over the past 4 centuries, Hispanics have migrated to Utah from New Mexico, Mexico, and Central and South America. A brief history of Hispanics in Utah, beginning in the 1500s, reveals that the search for a better life was the primary reason for moving there, whether it was to escape political turmoil or recession, to avoid crime in larger urban areas, or simply to earn income and return to their homeland. Utah Hispanics satisfied their need to belong by maintaining their cultural heritage through various practices and support systems, including the use of Spanish, special foods, festivals, traditional holidays, and interactive art forms such as music and dance. Churches, social organizations, and mutual aid societies have been important factors in maintaining Hispanic culture. Spanish language newspapers, magazines, and radio stations serve the Hispanic population, which has seen most of its growth since World War II and is presently the fastest growing minority group in Utah. As such, Hispanics are also affecting the demographics of Utah's educational system. The Hispanic population has experienced bias and discrimination in schools and the wider community, and has been offered secondary work positions, often because of low educational levels. Yet the value system and culture that the majority of Hispanics maintain have resulted in a strong work ethic and family support system. (Contains 23 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah