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  • My Life

    By Dariela M. in Cololaca,Lempira, Virginia on 5/3/2014 12:19:35 AM

    At the age of 15, I got pregnant of my boyfriend. When my daughter was 3 years old, my husband moved to the U.S. and I went to Canada to a Cultural Exchange program for four months. After that, at the age of 19 at moved to this country too, leaving my daughter with my parents. I didn’t see her for eight years but she came to live with me two months ago. I also have three children who were born here and we are all very happy. I miss my parents, living in the distance is very sad. My mother is …
  • My History

    By Maria Luz H. in Cabañas, Virginia on 5/3/2014 12:20:05 AM

    Let me tell you about my history. My name is Maria Luz Leiva Hernandez. I was born in 1977, in Victoria City Sensuntepeque Cabañas. When I was three years old we went to Honduras. It was March 18, of 1981 because there was a war in El Salvador. This year my father went back to El Salvador with my sister after he had returned from Honduras where he left the rest of family. My father never came back. He disappeared. I didn’t have him during my life - in the trajectory of the war my brothers …
  • Like a rock

    By Zhayra R. in Herndon, Virginia, Virginia on 5/3/2014 12:21:16 AM

    My last name, Roque, is from different regions in Europe: France, Spain, and Italy. It means "roca" in Spanish, or "rock" in English. I was born in Puerto Rico. Like a rock, I am strong. In 2010, they found a condition in me called spondylosis. I had the surgery I needed in June 2010. In 2011, after one year of therapy, when I would like to come back to work at Arlington County Public School, I sent letters to return to work. In July 2011, they sent a letter back that said that they fired me. …
  • An "untraditional" traditional turkey

    By Angelica O. in Santa Ana, California on 5/3/2014 12:28:06 AM

    I was born into two cultures. I am first generation Mexican-American. My identity has been shaped by the fusion of these two cultures. I definitely embody the Chicano identity. I was born and raised in Santa Ana, a predominately Mexican immigrant community known to many as the barrio of Orange County where there is definitely a strong sense of Chicano culture. Growing up I never really thought about who I was. I grew up in an area where everyone looked like me and shared a similar background. …
  • Friends are the Family You Choose

    By Erin S. in Blacksburg, Virginia on 5/3/2014 12:28:39 AM

    Both of my parents grew up in Joliet, IL outside of Chicago. Joliet was a blue-collar town where many companies like US Steel, Caterpillar, Texaco Oil, Union Oil, Fisher Body (GM), and International Harvester had production facilities. My father’s father, and his father before him, each worked at US Steel. My parents had very similar upbringings. Both come from Irish Catholic families and attended Catholic schools. Most of the people they interacted with were also white Catholics and working …