The Hunger of Memory is an autobiography written in 1982 about the Education of Richard Rodriguez, who immigrated to the United States with his family when he was very young. When he started attending the Roman Catholic elementary school with his brothers and sister, he only knew about 50 words of English.
He was shy in class and wasn’t confident with his English. He didn’t talk very often and After 6 months had passed, nun’s from his school came to his house to ask his parents to speak more English with their children around the house. They agreed, which left him feeling as if they had completely given up their language and culture, which had brought them so close in the past. Daily tutoring sessions helped him, and as he learned more English his family drew farther apart.
He found comfort in reading books. Later on he said that books were crucial to his academic success. He became a good collector of thoughts, but usually lacked his own opinion. Reading helped make him a more confident English speaker and writer.
Education had changed his family’s life. He became resentful to his parents when they could not help him with homework which pushed him to read more. He became embarrassed at his parents lack of education, and was ashamed when the struggled to speak English in public. Another part of him was grateful they supported him and wanted him to succeed. They sent him to a school they could not afford because of the better education they provided him with.
He was accepted into Stanford for college and he later went to Columbia and Berkeley for graduate school. He struggled with his minority student label. In 1967 African American civil right leaders brought attention to the poor education African American students were receiving and how it was not properly preparing them for college. This sparked Hispanic- American activists to complain that there were not enough Hispanics attending college and concluded that it was because of racism. Soon after he was...