So one of my upcoming story will be taking place in Texas. I’ve never been there, so I will need your help with some information about Texas…
- About culture, the people, the traditions
- The stereotype (what do you hear about Texas that is or isn’t true?)
- What is the “typical” Texan like?
I’ve already done my research, and I have some info, but I want it to be as accurate as possible. No matter if you’re a Texas citizen or not, it might actually be interesting to hear from non-Texan to get an external POV
I live near the coast, and it’s pretty different from other regions in Texas. Texas is a pretty diverse state with a lot of cultures. Some stereotypes I can think of is stuff like people think Texans are all country loving cowboys who don’t take no for an answer and want to secede from the US.
In actuality, I wouldn’t say it’s entirely accurate. On the food department, from what I’ve seen, there’s a lot of summer barbecues. Tex-Mex food’s another whole cuisine, and it’s not really authentic Mexican food. Chili’s another good dish.
There’s cook offs, a lot of emphasis on sports, and some pretty big events like The Rodeo in Houston. Livestock gets shown there. There’s also stuff like bull riding, exhibits of art from schools, and more. I’ve seen classmates of mine paint and make drawings and art for the Rodeo to get it featured there.
A stereotype that’s true is probably everything is bigger in Texas. Like Texas is just impossible to describe fully because there’s a lot of layers to it and a lot of big monuments. One stereotype I kind of hate is the Texas is straight up just right wing leaning with very traditional and hold religious values very close. A lot of the cities like Houston, Dallas, and Austin are pretty liberal. There’s a pretty big Latinx community, and Vietnamese is one of the top languages spoken in Texas.
That’s all I can think of tbh.
I live in Texas & have lived in multiple cities around the state (large & small). Feel free to pm me anytime for specific questions as you write
Depending on how old the characters are in your story, there are different things that would be prevalent. For example, if your story is set in high school, football is definitely the center of a lot of schools (especially rural) & you’ll definitely want to mention homecoming mums.
Also, everything Phoenix said above rings true to me!
Born, raised and living in South Texas
- So first off, football is HUGE down here. High school and college. So if your characters play sports, may I suggest football
- Also, if they’re in high school, we do our homecoming during football season obviously. We wear what are called mums during homecoming week.
They range in styles and sizes
- BBQS and Tex Mex are go to foods everywhere. Popular drinks are Dr Pepper, Big Red and Sweet Tea
- We do not all have ranches or horses lol some of us do but it’s not weird or unnatural to see a horseback rider riding their horse through main streets sometimes lol
- Its always HOT here lol coats are rare. There’s been years where I was wearing shorts and flip flops at CHRISTMAS dinner
- We’re very culturally diverse here. Latinos, Asians, Caucasians and African American etc. Spanish is spoken a lot in my city.
- Breakfast tacos are more common for breakfast. Have your characters grab a bean and cheese taco before school lol
- Rodeos and State Fairs are very popular as well. Country singers and other performers are booked to perform in February in San Antonio and March in Houston.
- If you choose San Antonio, every April there’s a two week celebration known as Fiesta. You even get a day off from school for the parades.
Hope some of this helped. I know I mainly listed traditions but they’re big here lol. If you have any other questions I’ll be glad to try and help lol
@Phoenix_11037 @ashleylatae Thank you for the answer!
@ikaterina Thank you, I will!
I have other questions :
- How would you describe the typical Texan/ what do people say about them? Are they welcoming or cold?
- And is there any expression that people use a lot when talking?
I would say most of the time Texans can be very welcoming. However, if you had seen the thread earlier, someone commented something like they’re rude. So, that’s definitely one person’s perspective of the state’s residents lol. A fun fact is Texas is actually the Friendship state, which is based off the widely accepted account of the state’s name origin. It’s said that it’s based off either the word teyshas or thecas from the Caddo tribe meaning friends or allies. This is what most people believe to be the case, but it might not be.
As for expressions, I found an article that kind of explains some slang I’ve heard. I don’t use all of it, but I’d say it’s kind of accurate.
You’re welcome, but also thank you for taking time to listen to all of us Texans!
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