Like Mexicans

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Like Mexicans
Gary Soto

The essay “Like Mexicans” by Gary Soto describes the similarity that people have, no matter their origins. Soto explains in this essay how a specific race does not describe how people are. When Gary was younger he received two advices from his grandmother. A Good Advice and a bad advice, the bad was to be a barber to work less and earn money and the good was to get marry with a Mexican girl, advices that he always remember. In this story the Soto’s family expect that Gary gets marry with an Mexican woman, when he gets older, because they think Mexicans are better wives for their behave and how they treat their husbands. They assume that people should get marry with people equal to them, meaning same culture, nationality and economic status. At the age of 20 when Gary was older he met a Japanese women with who she felt in love and thought she was the one to be his wife and make a family. The new was not accepted immediately for his family and friends, his best friend Scott disagree with Gary’s decision of having this relationship with the Japanese women named Carolyn. The argument Scott use to disagree this relationship was that Carolyn was too good for Gary, for her race. Once Gary visited Carolyn’s home he saw her family and the way they live, he realized that race does not define your economic status or your intellectualism. No matter what race people are: Black, Asian, Mexican or “OKIES” (a name his grandmother used to call people whose were different to them) that people could be also poor. In this essay Soto describes a few things he notice outside Carolyn’s house that explains they were poor as well. According to what Soto’s stated in the essay “On the highway, I felt happy, pleased by it all. I patted Carolyn’s thigh. Her people were like Mexicans, only different”. That moment was very excited for Gary, because he learned a good…...

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