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2018-04-26   14:48:19   INGLÉS
"Mexamerica", the new culture in the United States

By Maurizio Guerrero. Correspondent

New York, Apr. 26 (Notimex).- The nearly 36 million people who identify themselves as Mexicans in the United States have generated the birth of a culture with its own characteristics that can be called Mexamerica, according to a book by journalist Fey Berman.

Entitled "Mexamerica, A culture born" (Proceso editions), the book is composed of journalistic notes, cultural critiques, chronicles and interviews prepared between 2007 and 2016, published in numerous media outlets in Mexico.

"To think that the Mexicans who live in the United States are still the same as the people who live in Mexico after living 20 or 30 years in the United States is false," according to Berman.

In an interview with Notimex after the presentation of his book in New York, Berman indicated that the Mexican population in the United States constitutes "a new identity", even though this culture has not been recognized in Mexico nor in its adopted country.

According to the journalist, these millions of "Mexicans" have a clear difference with Mexicans, not only "Spanglish" , but cultural features that show syncretism that is not found anywhere in Mexico.

"This way of living is structured not only by the Mexican roots, but by the way of life and the values ​​of the so-called 'American way of life', as well as by the continuous contact with citizens of other Latin countries , with other American minorities and with the Anglo-Saxon culture, "she explained.

In the United States there are about 12 million people from Mexico, while about 24 million born in US territory are identified as Mexicans, second and third generation. This population would essentially be Mexamerica, according to Berman.

The author pointed out that there are great differences within this population of Mexicans: those who feel proud of their national roots and who fully embrace Mexican culture, and others who are ashamed and prefer to forget Spanish and the country of their ancestors.

Similarly, the journalist pointed out that in the United States there are two basic reactions to Mexicans: one party welcomes this new cultural hybridization and considers it as part of the rich social mosaic of the country; while another rejects it out of fear.

"There is a part of the United States that perceives people of Mexican origin as permanent foreigners, as people who come to steal jobs and who threaten their culture," Berman said.

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