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Personal Narrative: The Myth Of The Latin Woman

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In a society that’s ultimate goal is to conform it’s people, I have still managed to become an individual through mannerisms and accents, predicted failure, and stereotypes. These things have evolved me to become the individual that I am today. For most of my youth life I was embarrassed of my parents. Their mannerisms and accents were a constant struggle to explain to my friends. When asked why I couldn’t attend a sleepover I’d simply say ‘it’s hard to explain’. In addition to this, having to be a walking Google translate everywhere we went did nothing to help the case. Similarly, Tan struggled being an individual, in Mother Tongue, that wasn’t defined by her mother’s accent. This was embarrassing and frustrating to her for a long time. Instead of becoming a miserable person, Tan became an author that broke the laws of grammar and became an author that people with broken tongue could understand. Just like Tan I fought the same situation. Instead of focusing on the negative of having culturally intact parents I…show more content…
If I said I liked tacos or Mexican soap operas I’d be a walking stereotype. Stereotypes had set a barrier for me on either being accepted or accepting my culture. In The Myth of the Latin Woman, Ortiz Cofer faced a similar situation. Ortiz was stereotyped no matter she went. By simply showing her face she’d be seen as a waitress or randomly named Maria. This was a huge difficulty for Ortiz. Not only did she fear showing her culture because of the stereotypes that’d follow but she was scared to be herself. Eventually Ortiz, just like I, realized that there was nothing to be ashamed of. Stereotypes have taught me and shaped me to become an individual that loves my culture. I got over the fear of people labeling me because if they labeled me or not, it didn’t change what I loved. Stereotypes have motivated me to show my culture and my love for it but also show just what makes me
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