Why Are You Proud to be Latina?

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The reasons to be proud as a Latina are endless with a culture full of rich traditions and history. These Latinitas editors and readers share their top reasons to be proud of their culture.

I’m proud to be Latina because of what an amazing culture I have. My culture has rich food, spectacular dances, a beautiful language and a happy and energetic atmosphere. My people have faced many struggles which they’ve all overcame. We Hispanics are determined and hardworking. We also have made so many contributions to this world. I also have a strong sense of belonging unlike caucasians who can be 20%  Irish, 15% French, 30% German and  35% Czech Slovakian and they only speak English. I love my culture I love the unity Hispanics have. I am proud to be Latina!

- By Carolina Sosa

There are many reasons why I am proud to be a Latina, but most of a ll it’s because I have the opportunity to appreciate more than one culture.
I love the fact that I grew up with two languages, and have been able to use them both for my career. My parents always told me that being bilingual has its advantages, and the fact that I can relate to a great group of people is rewarding. I appreciate my Latin, Spanish, and American roots. I also like the fact that I grew up with a diverse community of individuals. One of the things I learned in my 22 years of life, is not only appreciating one’s own identity, but also the identity of others. To be strong leaders in our nation, it takes the power of people who can keep an open mind, and see the value of different perspectives. Being Latina is part of my identity, and I make sure to carry that with me wherever I go.

- By Gabriella Landeros

 

My father came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was just 12. His mother sent him here so that he could have better opportunities. He suffered but he made something of himself. I am grateful for what my father did and extremely proud to call him my dad. Being Latina for me is a reminder of all he did for me and my sisters.

- By Kristyn Anguiano

 

Being a minority in a country full of different cultures is not that rare, and being a proud Latina in the United States is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s day and age.

My top reason to be proud is because being a Latina is something that completes me. Growing up on a border town I didn’t realize how comfortable it was to live in a world where mostly everyone else was of Hispanic descent. Then I moved away for a few years and was under some kind of culture shock where the majority of the population was what some call a “melting pot,” with a hint of Texas. I was able to really appreciate my culture in the mixture of different cultures and I actually took time to learn more about Mexican and Latin American History. My best friends came from different types of backgrounds and although we are all the same race, human, there are many ways in which our individual characteristics made up who we are. This is where I found out we can all learn from each other’s culture which made me realize I am a Latina, and don’t know who I’d be without my Mexican background.

- By Laura Werthmann

 

Readers share what makes them the most proud of their culture: 

“I am proud to be Latinita because of the food.” -Alba

“I am glad to be a Latinita because I can speak Spanish. Speaking Spanish is fun!” -Elena

“My favorite part about being latina is my hair because it’s beautiful and I love it!” -Evelyn

“I like Mexican food. I love pozole especially because it is so delicious.”-Alexandria

“I like Christmas the best because we make tamales and listen to good music and spend time with my family”
-Sonia

“I like spanish rock music and I’m glad we have that in our heritage. Dancing is a fun part of being latina too”
-Natalie

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