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5 Must-Read Articles About Latino Identity

One of the realities of being Latino in the U.S. is juggling dual identities.  Bicultural Latinos in the U.S. face unique challenges while straddling borders between greater American culture and their personal Latino identity.

At New Latina, we make it our mission to highlight the stories of bicultural and multicultural Latinas who are balancing their multi-faceted identities day in and day out.  To achknowledge their challenges and celebrate the beauty of this social and cultural mixing, we’ve put together a list of our Top 5 Latino Identity Articles!

5 Must-Read Articles About Latino Identity

#1  Non-Spanish Fluent Latinas: “Don’t Judge US”

For U.S. Latinos, not speaking Spanish is often a source of insecurity or even shame. Lacking Spanish fluency brings with it judgment from other Latinos in the community as well as a loss of opportunity.

“I have had other Latinos refer to me as being “fake” and…deliberately speak in Spanish to leave me out of conversations.” – says Gabrielle (Puerto Rican descent) / From-The-Frontline.com   READ MORE >>

#2  Afro-Latinas: Finding a Place to Belong

“As a child, teenager and even in my 20s, I wondered where I fit in the United States. (I was born in the United States, but my parents are from Costa Rica.) Was I Black like the African-Americans I knew in my schools? Their experience in the United States was completely different from my family’s….”   READ MORE >>

#3  “What Are You?”: Confessions from a Multiracial Latina

The more exhausting question is “Which side do you think you’re more of?” How is that even a fair question? I’m one of those people who has to check the OTHER box on applications because I can’t choose. Our household’s census last year looked like a disaster with all the checkmarks. There is never an easy way to explain what I am to others. And there has never been a way to blend in.  READ MORE >>

#4  Growing Up with Hair Rollers and Bobby Pins

…it was at Yolanda’s Salon that I internalized the strength of Latina women, and the power of their relentless spirit.

For 3 hours, I sat there quietly. But I was listening. I was taking notes. And even when my face was buried in the book I was reading, I still noticed. Those 3 hours kept me Latina all those years, especially as I continued to grow up American.  READ MORE >>

#5  Simple Ways to Keep Your Latino Heritage Alive

Growing up, I was surrounded by my culture, so by the time we moved to the U.S. it was already ingrained in me, which means my parents didn’t really have to struggle to keep it alive.  I never imagined I would, but now that I have two children who were born and are being raised in the U.S. and are not surrounded by our Latino culture, it’s up to me.  READ MORE >>

Do you have a story to tell?  Share your Latino identity experiences with us in the comments or tweet us on Twitter @NewLatina!

 

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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