An Exchange Between Latinxs and Houston



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An Exchange Between Latinxs and Houston explores the role of Latinxs immigrants played in Houston and the continuation of such impact. The purpose of the research project was to understand why Latinxs from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras decide to come and establish themselves in Houston, Texas. Latinxs make up 45% of the population in Houston. Oral histories were conducted with at least one member of the Guatemalan, Mexican, Salvadoran, and Honduran community. They were asked a series of open-ended questions in English and Spanish about their childhood, present family, and their decision to immigrate to Houston as well as why they have stayed living in Houston. They spoke about Houston and what they liked about living in Houston. Mexican, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Salvadorans are embracing Houston's culture of opportunity. They are living the Houston dream, the ability to build yourself up through hard work. They are taking advantage of employment opportunities and educational opportunities. Their culture and tradition has shaped Houston including the incorporation of the Spanish language and Latinx food.