Those of Spanish-speaking descent have all experienced one of the following at least once in their lives: “Did you make those tacos yourself?” , “Are you Mexican?” When realization hits that this individual speaks a second language they ask, “So you speak Spanish?” or, “Say something in Spanish for me.” Followed by an awkward response of something that hardly skates passed a mere “Hola.” A rather important misconception coincides with the idea that all “Latinos” derive from Mexico, a colossal assumption that unfortunately stands as the most common perception.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez has been reviewed by many newspapers, like The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Guardian. All three start their reviews by giving a summary of the book. The book seems to be about Hispanic/ Latino families living in Delaware. From all of the reviews, The Book of Unknown Americans seems to be a fictional documentary that tells the stories of all of the people, from all across the Spanish-speaking world, living in the apartment building and the struggles they are going through in the United States.
In "A Partial Remmebrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood," Judith Ortiz Cofer explains what its like in her family of Puerto Rican Women. Cofer shares the traditions the women carry on in her family, such as, sharing stories and life events. Her story shows how involved the women are with one another and how important lessons throughout the generations are for them. Mama shares a story about a girl by the name of Maria La Loca. Mama says, she was once a beautiful girl and that on her wedding day she looked like a princess.
Imagine waking up one morning and every social media page is shut down completely. This generation probably wouldn't even know how to keep themselves occupied or even know how to communicate properly in person. We are in a time known for the use of technology. Almost everything we do is through social media. Job interviews, promotions, and connections are all used through social media.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a representation of a mother figure. She is also known as the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus but also our mother. In Mexico her image has played an important role as a national symbol. The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe starts off as she appearing to Juan Diego in a vision in 1531. According to tradition, Mary appear to Juan Diego on December 12 of 1531 and had a mission for him.
I discovered my love for English throughout my Puente classes. It exposed me to my passion for writing and learning new things. An example of this was when we read “ Borderlands” by Gloria Anzladúa which deals with how we identify ourselves composed of poems and written text. Explaining her story of being a Chicana; someone who is Mexican American dealing with the differences of both cultures.
"A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story," presented by the Latino Theater Company, was a clever production written by Evelina Fernandez and directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela. The production, which was separated into three full-length plays, documented the experiences of a Mexican family throughout four generations. In the production, all of the actors had multiple roles, giving them the difficult task of creating a different character for each role. One of the talented actors who was able to achieve this goal was Xavi Moreno. Adding to the overall portrayal of the play, Moreno uses his body and voice as an instrument of dramatic expression to create the characters of Charlie in "Faith" and Juan Francisco in "Charity."
I was sitting in the tattoo parlor with my head resting on the black leather chair staring at my mom from the corner of my eye. I could not tell if she wanted to curse everyone in the room or cry, I came to the conclusion that it was it was probably both. In my mom’s words, I was getting a hole drilled into my nose. In my words, it was a nose piercing. This was the biggest fight I’ve ever had with my mom.
Life for women in Latin America during the 19th century was greatly impacted by independence. Latin America in the 19th century was a completely patriarchal society. A patriarchy is a system in which men control the power of women’s labor, sexuality in the household and society, and women’s reproductive potential. Women’s roles in society were divided based on the class system.
Physical inactivity is a high risk factor for many chronic diseases. Yet, a large percentage of women of all ages remain less physically inactive in comparison to men. In addition to that, their ability and motivation to exercise decreases with age. In fact, many women reported other barriers related to gender, financial, and social support.