Summer Bridge

California State University, Fresno

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Possible Culture Topics
for Writing Essays and Papers


Papers may be written on other topics;
this list is meant to stimulate your imagination

Curanderismo (folk healing)

Folksong as an Ethnic Expression



Work songs

Chicano/Black/Asian Ethnic Minority Families

Changing Male Roles

Changing Female Roles

Child Rearing Practices

The Single Parent Family

Interracial Marriages

Minorities in the Work Force

Occupational Structure

Youth Employment/Unemployment

Women in the Labor Force

Mexican Immigration

Its role in U.S. economy

Its role in Culture Maintenance in U.S.

American attitudes

Ethnic Minority Women in Political Movements


Contemporary Ethnic Music

Black influences

Latino influences

Minority Arts in American Culture

Chicano/Mexican Murals

Black/Chicano/Asian literature (poetry, novel, short story)

Folklore and Folk Arts

Ethnic Minority Movements in the U.S.

Civil Rights Movements

Vietnam War

Farm Labor Struggle

Minority Groups in American Politics

Pre-World War II

Post-World War II

Religion in Minority Cultures

Origin and function of the early Black churches

Role of Catholic/Protestant Churches in Chicano Communities

Impact of legal rulings in the education of minorities

Lau vs. Nichols

Brown vs. Board of Education

Great Black/Chicano/Asian educators--past and present

Issues in educating the Black/Mexican/Asian child

race, IQ & achievement

Segregation, desegregation, and busing

Athletics vs. Academics in Higher Education

Church role in Civil Rights Movement and Economic Development

Family roles during slavery

Matriarchal system--Myth or Reality?

Impact of African culture on Black Americans

Early African practices and beliefs

Impact of Native American culture on Mexican Americans / on American culture

Historical sketch of Blacks in Politics

During reconstruction

Right to vote

Birth of Jim Crowism

Impact of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement on politics

Organizations: NAACP, SNCC

Chicano Student Organizations

Contemporary Leadership in current human rights struggles

Impact of Black/Chicano/Asian vote

Local, state, national

Nutritional value of ethnic minorities' foods

Racism in American Sports

Racism and discrimination in American society


The justice system

Labor force


Research on the physiological/psychological differences of Black athletes

Cultural revival movements

Harlem Renaissance--writers and styles

Contemporary Chicano writers

Minorities in Business

Minorities and the Mass Media (TV, film, radio, etc.)

What is the roles of the media creating and maintaining ethnic stereotypes?

U.S. Involvement in Latin America

El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, etc.

Effects on Immigration Policies

Impact on Inter-ethnic relations

Language Differences in America

Bilingual Education

Should America have more than one "national language"?

Drug Abuse among Minorities

Traditions in Chicano/Black/Asian culture

Holidays and celebrations


Similarities and difference among immigrant groups

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2001 by John A. Cagle, Professor of Communication, California State University, Fresno.