Among many Latino minorities in US population, Mexican people hold a central role. This makes any discussion of Mexican culture directly relevant for many Americans. In addition, as one of the historically oppressed minorities, a good range of essay topics and student assignments focus on problems faced by Mexican immigrants or people of Mexican origin. There are also plenty of essays on Mexican artists, cuisine, the Mexican War, important US activists of Mexican descent, etc. Learning about these subjects is important because it can lead to closer cultural interaction, an understanding of the history and struggle of this minority, but also a recognition of the potential of this people (artistic, intellectual, social, etc.) and its legacy.