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How did your culture or language influence your identity?

Being a part of both the Hispanic and American culture has both opened many opportunities for me, but has also made my identity quite confusing. Some days I feel like I belong more to my Hispanic culture while other days I feel like I belong closer to my American culture. This has hindered my identity because at times I do not know where I belong best. I feel odd for being a dark skinned woman jamming out to country music because society expects me to like things that are most closely tied with my Hispanic culture simply because of my skin tone. My Hispanic culture however, has also interfered with my identity. For example, Hispanic individuals tend to live at home longer than those of white culture. At times I have tried to get away from home however my parents always interfere with my decision. Whereas those of white culture tend to be more independent. Both of these cultures combined, however has allowed me to want to be and do better in order to eliminate negative stereotypes our society has created. 

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