S: Taking Sides: The Culture Behind the Story
1: In Gary Soto’s Taking Sides, Lincoln Mendoza is a kid born into a rich culture—that of the Hispanic world. Hispanic culture is very multi-faceted and developed, and it is so powerful that we can see its marks in American culture today.
2: Obviously, in the Hispanic culture, sports are a big part of people's lives. Baseball, soccer, and boxing are among the sports enjoyed by Hispanics. However, basketball has become one of the most popular games between Hispanics. | Hispanics such as Pau Gasol (Above), Emanuel Ginobili, Carlos Arroyo (Right), Eduardo Najera, and Andres Nocioni have been recognized for having excellent performances while playing with the National Basketball Association.
4: Similar to participating in sports, Hispanics give much importance to keeping the Spanish language within their families.
5: This makes sense since a language is usually what gives a culture its defining characteristic.
6: As many people know, Spanish-speaking people eat food from a very unique cuisine. | Interestingly enough, Hispanics do not eat heavy meals for their breakfasts. Instead, they choose to make lunch, el almuerzo, the biggest meal of the day. The last meal of the day, la cena, is not too big.
7: Some popular Hispanic dishes include fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, paella and chili. Different dishes from this cuisine can use different spices and herbs. The cool thing about Hispanic cooking is that its foods can range from being simply savory to extremely spicy.
8: Another thing that forms the foundation for Hispanic culture is the celebrating of holidays.
9: Popular holidays among Spanish-speakers include Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day, and the celebrations of Hispanic countries' gainings of national independence.
10: Because of the widely spread population of Hispanics, there is no surprise in the fact that this culture has managed to permeate American culture. Because of this influence, people may learn to better respect each other and their ethnic backgrounds as they experience cultures other than their own. | In America, people take courses to learn about Spanish, experience a wide range of Hispanic foods, and often communicate with Hispanics on a regular basis.
11: In summary, the Hispanic culture is a rich world based in things such as its language, delicious foods, happy celebrations, and popular sports.