The New Generation
It can easily be seen that there are differences between the older Latin American generations and the new. Differences can be seen through communication, discipline, and different traditions. With communication playing a huge role especially with the older generation which is very close and much more family oriented. Everything is done together as a family. “Latin American families reported the strongest sense of familial duty during young adulthood” (Fuligni, Andrew J.) However, the new generation seems to be drifting away from th
This new generation has spread apart also because it has adopted the fast paced on the go culture of American life. An example if the new generation drifting is when a job is found that requires them to move to locations that would be too far apart for the family to interact on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is that there will always be a difference between the old and new because things simply change with time. With this adoption the family is rarely able to perform their celebration of food and unity. Another aspect that has contributed to the parting of the generations is discipline. An example is an eighteen year old being allowed out all night because they are seen as "adults". The older generation is associated with strict rules and respect for elders. This has caused the younger generation to know less of their family (Grandparents). The new generation speaks predominantly English while the older, sticking to their roots speak mainly Spanish. In the older lifestyle of Latinos, meals are always eaten together. This has created a language barrier for many families due to a lack of acculturation in the older and excess of assimilation in the younger. Another factor that contributes to this separateness is language. Parents have full control of acceptable behavior.