A M'ija to Meet: Maria, Nicaraguan, Vietnamese, and Chinese

maria-quant-2.jpgWhat I love about being Latina : The Hispanic family is united and in everyone’s business. The women in my family keep the web united. Everyone helps each other and sacrifices anything for one another.  In addition, I love the food. We pass on recipes through generations. The best events are when we cook together, watch telenovelas or share stories. 

What I love about being Americana : I treasure the opportunities that America offers.  Here, I was able to go to school, I can achieve my goals and aspirations, and I can become anything I want to be.

My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America : Learning the language.  After I finally learned the language and learned the American Way, the other challenge was learning the culture. But I don’t want to assimilate into the American culture. I love everything about my roots. I don’t understand why families are not united in America. I know that independence is success in America, but I would not exchange my culture for anything.  

My biggest support in growing up Latina in America :  Other Latinas. I look up to Latinas that keep the Hispanic culture alive while becoming successful in the American life.  

Why I am beautiful:  I am beautiful because I have a big heart. I care so much for my family and friends. I am always volunteering for a cause that I believe in. I am a giver and it is satisfying when I have made a difference in someone’s life.

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