Tag Archives: culture

Diggin’ mis raices: Two countries, two languages, and one lost girl

May 13, 2013


EL Morro, Puerto Rico

I was born in upstate New York,  in the city of Rochester to be exact. My parents moved back to Puerto Rico soon after my first birthday, and I  spent my early, formative years there. The culture and language of my country was just as much a part of who I was and was becoming, […]

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When I was Americuchi [guest post]

May 1, 2013



The second in the Defining Moments: Search for Identity Series. This one comes to us from Being Latino‘s Editor, Eileen Rivera. Read more at her personal blog, Mariposa Social  and follow her on Twitter, @eileenrivera16   The subtitle might as well be the “Latinization of Eileen” because this is pretty much the story of my life. I […]

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5 articles Latino publications should write when a non-Latino celebrity is arrested

April 24, 2013



I vaguely remember the feeling that the magazine addict in me felt upon learning that my monthly collection of glossy mags would include a magazine just for Latinas. I never cared much about the face that graced my magazine’s covers, it was the content listed on said cover that  was the attraction. Latina-relevant stories, articles, […]

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Finding your Latina roots in a caldero of arroz con gandules

July 3, 2012



Due to a few of my characteristics, people question my Latinaness and because of it, I’ve dubbed myself, “La anti-Latina.” One of those things is cooking. I’m no Martita Stewart, to be sure, but not finding absolute enjoyment in cooking is not the equivalent of lacking the ability to do it. I can cook, when […]

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Speaking Spanish is just like riding a bike?

June 23, 2012



Originally published as “At a Loss for Words” at Being Latino Online Magazine At the age of 7 ½  my parents decided to separate and Mami packed up my three siblings and me, and we left Puerto Rico; Chicago bound.  I had graduated first grade just a few months before and had confidently learned to […]

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