Abandoned by his parents at the age of two, he lived with one of his grandmothers for several years before being placed in an orphanage and at the age of 13 he ran away.
Through language, we can forge friendships, cultural ties, and economic relationships. Not only is it a means of communicating thoughts and ideas, but it is obviously a vital tool.
Although, some say that language corrupts the mind and promotes evil ideas; but to Baca, literacy granted him the freedom from prejudice and the ability to overcome difficult boundaries. Much likeBaca, I eventually found the confidence that I was lacking within myself through means of communication.
For Baca, language is not only a way to express thoughts, perception, and sentiments; it also represents a fundamental expression of social identity.
In the essay, it describes how he went from being illiterate to learning how to read and write. Without language, Baca felt an empty void in his mind and soul. He understood that not being able to read and write was a great disadvantage towards him and made him less significant in the eyes of others.
It was not until Baca was seventeen that he started taking an interest in learning how to communicate with others. Writing ultimately changed his life and made him able to communicate effectively with his words, gestures, and tone of voice in a certain situations.
Literacy granted Baca the liberty to showcase his feelings and assisted him in standing up for himself; which is why it holds such an importance in our daily lives. Moreover, language helps distinguishes the differences between people and also celebrates the uniqueness of cultures in certain areas.
We use language to inform the people around us of what we feel, what we desire, and help question and understand the world around us.
He was confined within one side of the border and was unable to creatively convey himself using language. In the essay it shows how Baca fought his inner demons and reflects it in a way that made him proud.
All the injustice and oppression that he had been dealing with for so many years was finally able to be brought into the limelight.
Similar to Baca, before I found my inner voice, I too was struggling with expressing myself. Much like Baca, language gives each and every one of us a voice, and with that voice we can express our emotions and they define who we are as an individual.
Here in California, we are blessed with being able to flourish in a multicultural and diverse society. Growing up in a multilingual household, my parents always believed in their children being able to speak their mother language.
Ever since I was little, my parents enrolled me in Chinese school to learn Mandarin; therefore, I could communicate with my grandparents. Learning a foreign language is an incredible rewarding experience and a serious confidence booster.
By being able to learn Mandarin, I was able to eventually overcome my fears and doubts, learn more about my social identity, and communicate with others.
Similar to Baca, communication helps us learn about other people and cultures. In conclusion, language not only a way others use to express thoughts, ideas, and values; it also helps us discover ourselves.
It provided an escape for him and helped him win the battle with his inner demons. Just as how Baca found himself, I was able to overcome my fears and doubts, understand more about my culture, and discover my social identity through learning Mandarin.
Language showed Baca the power and depth of how much words can affect a situation and assist in standing up for your rights.
Language helped both Baca and I discover our voice in this world and gave us a way to express ourselves freely. Language can empower a person, and help convey our feelings inside to give us the freedom that we so desperately crave.Champion of the International Poetry Slam, winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the prestigious International Award, Jimmy Santiago Baca has been writing as a mestizo (part .
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Jimmy Santiago Baca has won loads of awards for his writing—the Pushcart Prize, the National Poetry Award and the International Hispanic Heritage Award, just to name a few.