The Adventures of Leaving Everything I Knew
The Adventures of Leaving Everything I K
By Raquel Venado  –  I am one lucky Mexican girl who comes from a hardworking family. As a child I attended bilingual schools. I don´t remember learning the alphabet or learning to read in Spanish, but I do remember doing it in English. I have had so many opportunities to...
Color café con leche
Color café con leche
By Patricia Boscan— Dear Mami and Papi, I love café con leche. Abuela used to tease me by saying if I ingested too much of anything, I would turn the same color as it. Is it true that I’m adopted like my brother and sister tirelessly told me because I don’t look like them?...
Querida madre
Querida madre
By Marlin Bucio — Querida madre mia (Dear mother of mine), I write to you this letter to let you know how grateful I feel you have passed on to me the traditions and culture of our aesthetic country of Mexico. For you, I have learned and embraced my valuable Mexican roots. Although...
Life works mysteriously
Life works mysteriously
By Jennifer Nava — I remember very little of my childhood, but the one thing I do remember is going to Mexico for the first time with my abuelita. I was a 3-year-old girl, running around happily with my red Po Teletubbie at the airport. This was also the last time I ever saw my...
Immigration: A love story
Immigration: A love story
By Lynndel Noriega– “Up, up with education! Down, down with deportation!” chanted a crowd of 30 or so Latin American youths holding hand-painted signs advocating the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant “restricted” residency...
Brown kids in brochures
Brown kids in brochures
By Jenny Patiño– Latino students are looking for the same things other students look for in a college, according to Ana Maria Soto, the executive director of Latino Initiatives at National Louis University in Chicago. “They’re looking for value in their education–a...
No picnic in the park
No picnic in the park
By Viviana Galvan — A park isn’t too much to ask for. In the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Little Village in Chicago, we have just one park, the 11-acre Piotrowski Park at 31st Street and Keeler Avenue, to serve more than 100,000 people, half under the age of 21. I...
Latina se escribe con mayúsculas
Latina se escribe con mayúsculas
Por Elio Leturia — Una mirada fugaz, una sonrisa breve, un andar pausado y cadencioso podrían ser algunos de los atributos que se me vienen a la mente cuando pienso en una latina. Estereotipos de lado, las mujeres latinas tienden a ser más sugestivas que directas. Basta crecer...
Sandra Cisneros’ purple house
Sandra Cisneros’ purple house
By Norma Fay Green — In early August 2005 I was in San Antonio, Texas for my annual professional conference of journalism educators and decided to try to find Sandra Cisneros’ famous purple house that generated international news coverage more than 10 years ago. When the author...
Living with cerebral palsy
Living with cerebral palsy
By Alyssa Sanchez — When Amalia Gonzalez wakes up her first instinct is go check on her sister to see if she is awake and then she changes and feeds her. Every other day she takes care of her sister and every other day she attends school. On the weekends, she works. Amalia,...