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As a teenager, a question repeatedly pops into my head: "who am I?". According to John Marcia, a developmental psychologist who divided the identity crisis into four states, I am in "identity moratorium"-still going through a crisis, yet starting to commit to one.

At the moment, I identify myself as a Latina. And I've always been a proud Latina. I mean, what's there to dislike? The food? HAH, I don't think so. The big families? ...unless you are easily become claustrophobic at a family gathering...

But I don't know if "Latina" is enough to identify myself. Born in the US, I consider myself American. Yet, I am from immigrant parents who came from Mexico and El Salvador. Now not only am I proud to be Latina, I am a proud Mexican-Salvadorian-American (Is that too many hyphens?). I'm Lazy Daisy, so I skip the three word identifier and label myself a Latina.

Reasons WHY I am pround:
• familismo
• amazing food !
• I <3 Me (;

Keep this in mind!
Never feel guilty for cultural pride. All races should be proud of their rich history and their great contributions to the world. My ethnic studies teacher taught me a word called "race esteem". Race esteem is to respect and value all cultures. It means to have a healthy pride, respect, and empathy for one's roots.

Love&Zombies,
Daisy Orellana

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