What does being a Latina mean to you?:
I know I am different, being a Latina means embracing that difference.
Share a struggle you have faced being a Latina.:
I have struggled with not being as culturally connected to my heritage as other people. Only more recently have I embraced just being me.
Share something you love about being a Latina?:
The passion I feel and I see in other Latinos.
What do you identify as?
Where you born in the states? If not, could you share what your experience has been being an immigrant, and the process of becoming a US citizen, resident, etc. (Share only what you are comfortable with):
Yes, in Chicago.
How have you been able to celebrate and honor your american nationality, while embracing your heritage and culture?:
I love the mix of people that I grew up with in Chicago. It is truly a melting pot. So while I love being an American, it feels special to be an American but have more to my background by having immigrant parents.
Do you speak Spanish?:
Yes, but broken.
Have you experienced colorism, or not being fully accepted by your community? Like you're too dark, or too white, etc. Please share anything you'd like to share!:
I never listened to Mexican music, watched Spanish TV or preferred Mexican foods, so I was always different while growing up. I was seen as trying to deny my Mexican background, but that’s just not how it was in my family.
Is there something else you'd like to say or add?:
I never understood the importance of being Latina until I had kids. Before then, I felt like it didn’t really matter. But now that I have kids, I can see that they are different and I want them to know and be proud of that. To embrace it in a way I didn’t understand while I was growing up.