Following recent events, Guidecounselor features a book review on Latino identity.
“Colonization” had a strong influence on Latino/Hispanic identity today. The unifying element in Latino/Hispanic culture are language similarity, music, cuisine, religion, ceremonial customs, and patriarchy ideologies which are all related to Europeans cultures. During colonial process European ideology were indoctrinated onto the indigenous people through Imperial forces. Colonization is responsible for the oppression that still exists in Latin American History today. Although the idea of imperialism was to create colonies unfortunately, it led to the creation of resistant colonies. The colonized sought to resist colonization in order to put an end to unjust domination. This essay will date back to the resistance during the 17th century.
Sor Juana Or: the Traps of Faith, examined the life of a nun who lived in New Spain (currently Mexico) during the seventeenth century. During her era, New Spain was a dictatorial society ruled by Viceroys from Spain. The society grouped people based on race or color. The leaders were mostly Europeans who were considered superior, while blacks and native Indians were looked upon as subordinates. This oppression and inequality resulted from royal decrees imposed by the Spanish Peninsulares. The Social stratification created by the Caste system made it impossible for people to pursue their dreams. Women were expected by the society to be married off and they were not allowed to attend college. However Sor Juana, in an era where dissenters against the catholic church were severely punished; and an era dominated by patriarchal culture still wrote, obtained, and acquired knowledge that few other women of her time could not do.