We asked a Latina woman what she wanted people to know about her as a Latina
Navigating the complexities of cultural identity is no small feat, especially when you embody a rich tapestry of two distinct worlds. Mariana, a proud Latina living in the United States, offers a candid glimpse into her life, balancing the vibrancy of Mexican culture with the nuances of American life. In this insightful conversation we delved into the realities of living at the intersection of two cultures, challenged stereotypes, and embraced the multifaceted nature of her identity.
Well, it’s like I’m always balancing two worlds. I’m Latina, but also a US citizen. People often have these stereotypes about Latinas – you know, tacos, tequila, and all that. But for me, it’s more complex. I love my Mexican roots, but I’m equally at home with a burger and fries. It’s like living with one foot in each culture.
t’s been a challenge, honestly. I used to pride myself on being a ‘coconut’ – brown on the outside, white inside. I thought I had to choose one identity over the other. It led me to hide parts of myself, which felt dishonest. I wish people understood that being Latina or American isn’t my whole identity. I’m more than just stereotypes.
Sure, there are everyday things that are normal for me as a Latina, but not as an American. Like, I might do something that’s typical in my Latina culture, and my American friends find it unusual. These moments are opportunities for me to share and merge my two worlds.
We’re not just a stereotype. Sure, I’m passionate, loud, and enjoy tacos and tequila, but I’m also a woman, wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. My dual cultural identity allows me to create bridges, not just one-way streets. I wish people would see and appreciate the diversity and richness that comes with being a Latina.