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what I see in the Mexican culture, and what I see in my family." Both of the Family Doctor's
parents are Mexican nationals, so the traditional Mexican culture is still strong in the Family
Doctor's immediate family; however, the Family Doctor's family culture did differ from what he
considered the traditional Hispanic culture that he saw in his friends, since his parents kept the
family separate from its surroundings and other families. "My parents weren't that outgoing like
other families were, their cultures were. Overall, the whole culture was the same, the Hispanic
man was the leader of the house, you know. The lady stays in the kitchen, fixing dinner and stuff,
all of that was the same. Just the structure of they were laid back. Every weekend, partying.
Every Saturday, going to the dance. Every Sunday, go to church, and then drink all day, and
Monday morning, get up and going to work. I would see the kids, and the push for them wasn't
there." Because the push from their parents to better themselves and seek an education was not
there for his friends, most of them stayed in the neighborhood. "That doesn't mean that the
others didn't have kids that haven't been successful. The main point, most of them have a living,
but they didn't pursue higher education. I think because of what they saw, they wanted to keep
the same culture, the same as their parents did, because that's what they see. They didn't see
beyond. They just wanted to be comfortable." His parents' ability to see beyond their
circumstances and dream of a better life for themselves and their children instilled in the Family
Doctor a desire to be more. That desire, along with a constant push toward education from his
parents, helped steer the Family Doctor through higher education despite the barriers associated
with poverty, social status, discrimination, and language.
I Always Wanted to Be a Doctor
The Family Doctor shared his parents' dream. He also wanted to become a doctor. The
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