What I love about being Latina: Big family gatherings — hearing English, Spanish, Spanglish and everything in between! Traveling to new places throughout Mexico and still feeling at home! How mariachi music can bring a tear to my eyes. When the sun kisses my skin with a bronze glow in the summer. Being a reporter for a growing Latino community and being a key player in covering the news that matters most to my people as they assimilate into society. .
What I love about being Americana: Living in a country that values women without the need of a pedestal. My right to vote and emerge myself into politics. The ability to work hard for what I want for myself and my family and to favor the immigration of people of all colors. Freedom of speech. Freedom of the press. The pursuit of happiness. Being married to a Marine who served our country for 5 years!
My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America: Breaking the misconception that I needed to have an accent to be a true Latina. Explaining to a few disbelievers that I do not in fact talk white, it’s just me speaking with my God-given voice.
My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: My family. As a young child in preschool at a private Catholic school in the suburbs of Chicago, I was assigned to complete a family tree. My preschool teacher asked me where I belonged and I thought it was under China, what I referred to as “the Oriental section”. Soon after, my mom broke it to me I wasn’t Chinese nor was I from China. It was my family that laughed it off and loved me for being me then and now. The point is, my parents never told me you are this or you are that — they always raised my sister and me to understand without labels we are all people. Period.
Why I am beautiful: I’m comfortable in my own skin!