Latinitas - A Strong Voice for Latina Youth

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.

Daisy Orellana

Views: 112


You need to be a member of Latinitas to add comments!

Join Latinitas




Latinitas created this Ning Network.

Links: Connect with Latinitas

Can't get enough of Latinitas.
Read the magazine:

Get an RSS feed of our latest updates.
Find us on MySpace.
Connect on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter!
Check our Youtube Channel.
Listen to our Podcast.
View our Flickr gallery.
Sign-up for our Enews.
Visit our blog.

Post questions & get Advice.
Post a blog.

View the Latinitas Video Tutorials to learn how to participate in our community.

Report abuse or problems to the moderator.

Read More From Latinitas

© 2022   Created by Latinitas.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service