Gary explains that he wanted to imitate the Anglo families of the television programs that he continually watched. He tried to convince his siblings to wear shoes to dinner and improve their appearance so that "[w]hite people would like us more." Certainly it would seem that he too wishes for an America where he and his family were accepted rather than forced to change.
What these authors seek is essentially atonement with their own culture, which has gotten lost in the maze of fast food restaurants and shopping malls that purports itself to be America. The Latin American culture, as we can see in this work, is vibrant and alive, and deserves the opportunity to stay that way.