Richard Rodriguez raises some interesting points in his article. I think the following would make good discussion questions:
1. Rodriguez claims that immigrant children must assimilate into mainstream culture in order to be successful. is there a practical way to do this without losing one's native culture?
2. The author says that once he started becoming acculturated, he no longer knew what words to use to refer to his parents. How can we stop this from happening? In other words, is there a way to give immigrant children the best education without alienating them from their own families?
3. Isn't the fact that the family suppressed their usage of Spanish an indication of their culture being stifled?
4. The author mentions how his family began speaking less, especially his father, as he (Richard) became fluent in English. Should not Richard still have been able to speak some Spanish at home in order to keep the family dynamic alive?
5. Towards the end of the article, Richard says how he once became melancholy when he heard Spanish voices in back of him one day. Do you think that he really wanted to lose his native culture?