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dreams, and ideas as a child, the Family Doctor was finally able to express them and act upon
them without being quashed by his parents. "You know, I have my own ideas and my own way
of thinking, not their way of thinking. I know they still try to make me think like they think, well
my dad thinks," but finally being away from his family allowed the Family Doctor to nurture his
own way of thinking, which led to the idea expressed as the theme of this section, an
acknowledgement of steps toward integration into a different culture. "I'm kind of trying to go
away from my culture. I'm still Hispanic, but when me and my wife have kids, we're going to
raise them a better way." This statement is a nod to the Family Doctor's belief that his family
culture is different than Hispanic culture and different from his life today with his wife.
The concept culture had the most frequent occurrence on the mind map with 76 cells
coded as culture. It is clear that culture has had a significant influence on the Family Doctor. It is
also clear that the Family Doctor associates his family with culture, since 17 cells are color-
coded as culture and family, which could explain why the Family Doctor views his culture as
changed since he has moved away from his family. The Family Doctor's willingness to put
physical distance between himself and his family attests to the theme for this section: That he is
moving away from his culture.
While traditional Mexican culture has the man act as the authoritarian leader of the
family, the Family Doctor and his wife engage in a marriage unlike his parents' marriage, which
is in the traditional Mexican model. "I have a say, and she has a say. So it's kind of equal, 50/50,
which is the way I want it-somebody to stand up to me and challenge me, give me a fight, not
be afraid to say her opinion. That's what I got."
A desire to move away from his traditional, closed family culture and into his own life
led the Family Doctor to further socialization in college and medical school. Throughout his
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