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Dealing with Traditional Parents

Written by Claudia Mendoza Different Latinas share their own experiences about dealing with traditional parents, as well as their their own advice on how they coped with culture and tradition affecting their lives.   1. Leaving for College and Moving Out “My mom was hesitant and really sad when I moved away for college,” shares… Read more

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Living on the Border

Living in a border city has perks unique to its citizens. Growing up in a city where Hispanic culture is the majority and the norm, makes for a very comfortable and connected life in the community. Ideas and traditions are generally accepted across the board because people have very similar backgrounds. Whereas speaking Spanish in… Read more

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Culture Shock

Have you ever moved to a different place? Have you ever gone somewhere new and felt like you do not belong? Have you ever had a feeling that everyone around you is different than you and that it  is something you cannot control? This is culture shock. Culture shock hits people in the most unexpected… Read more

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The “F” Word

Here’s what Latinitas writers had to say about their experience with feminism: “During my teen years, I remember reading articles and following groups who would protest against the injustice in the work force, or the repression on women having to stay at home rather than work, and I considered that I myself was a victim… Read more

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The Changing Face of the Quinceañera

For non-Spanish speakers, quinceañera is a mouthful. For young Latina women, a quinceañera is a chance to publicly step into womanhood and reconnect to Latino culture.  For event planners, florist, bakers, and dress makers, quinceañeras translate into booming business. “For as long as I can remember quinceañeras were something that I was infatuated with,” says 19-year-old Karla Estrada. … Read more

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The Beauty Pageant Debate

Many little girls dream of being princesses. Their games often consist of dressing up in their favorite Disney princess dress. For a few this beautiful dream becomes a reality. Since 1952, 63 women have become Miss Universe titleholders and over a third are Latinas. Pretty gowns and bathing suits, a beauty pageant is much more… Read more

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Hispanic Christmas Traditions

Feliz Navidad! It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and that means it’s time for the family to get together once again. Latinos celebrate Christmas with an array of wonderful customs and traditions. These practices may differ by country, but there are always three things that are present during the holiday: delicious food, joyful music, and… Read more

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Latinos Love Dios but Not Their Religion

Many individuals have the preconcieved idea that all Latinas/os are of Catholic faith. Regardless of these studies, more and more Latinas are saying religion is for followers. However, that is not to say that God is not near. In fact, Maria Torres, 16, a devout Pentecostal, and her sisters Melinda, 13, and Jennifer, 9, are… Read more

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A Taste of Home

According to the PEW Center, the Latino population is expected to be one of the leading minority groups in the United States in the upcoming years. With growth rates like that, it probably isn’t too surprising to see many Latino restaurants and bakeries popping up left and right. To a person who has never tried… Read more

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I’m not “Latina” or “Black”

According to the 2010 Census more people identify themselves as a mixed race. In this Census, the increased pattern of minority groups of a mixed race doubled when the census allowed an option that did not include the White race of Hispanic background. Ariel Salgado, 15, is not quaint on picking one side of either… Read more

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