Mexican American Culture and Language
Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz
Latino Policy and Issues Brief, Number 21
July 2008

The authors conclude that Mexican Americans retain strong elements of their ethnic culture, despite significant linguistic assimilation and preferences for music and religion and attitudes toward gender roles that are shifting toward those that are predominant in the United States.

Latino Policy & Issues Briefs numbers 17-21 were generated by the Mexican American Study Project (MASP), a research project based at UCLA. In 1965–66, MASP project teams interviewed Mexican Americans living in Los Angeles and San Antonio; in 1997–2000, Professors Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz re-interviewed the original participants, plus two of their adult children. The two surveys provide data for a systematic analysis of how well Mexican Americans are being absorbed into the predominant culture.