Latinos are More Ambicultural

ambiculturalWhat does this mean? Basically, that Latinos don’t have to assimilate or choose sides. They embrace both cultures and feel as much of a Latino as they do American. Fronterasdesk.org elaborates:

Because of her unique place in the multigenerational Hispanic family, and her willingness to seek relationships outside of it, the modern Latina is innately ambicultural® –able to pivot from English to Spanish, Latina to American, and back again without thinking about it. Ambicultural® connotes a willingness and ability to function competently in two cultures which is a very attractive cultural destination for Latinas. Hispanic women who feel equally Latina and American overwhelmingly want to stay that way (87 percent). Fifty percent of those who culturally feel more Latino than American and 71 percent of those who culturally feel more American than Latino, want to shift to the ambicultural® middle. The gravitational pull is to be culturally both American and Latino, without denying either end, and to fully embrace their duality.

Which category do you fall under?

Utah Mailman, Ron Lynch Being Commended for His Act of Kindness

Utah mailman, Ron Lynch, is being commended for his act of kindness, and deservingly so. When Lynch was delivering the mail he noticed 12-year-old Mathew Flores reading ads and newsletters. He asked him why was he reading junk mail and Flores responded that he likes to read, but couldn’t afford to buy books or the bus pass to the library. Lynch placed a request on Facebook asking people to donate books for Flores and they started pouring in. Now he has many books. Flores was really excited, and wants to share his love for reading with his peers. He will be doing a book drive soon. We’re happy for Flores. That was very nice of Lynch. Great story.

Latinas Are Taking the Entrepreneurial Route

jlo businesswomanThe National Women’s Business Council reports that the number of Latina entrepreneurs is rising. Latinas who are the least paid in the workforce are looking for other alternatives, and that is—working for themselves. The NWBC states:

  • One in 10 (10.2%) of all women-owned firms across the country are owned by Hispanic women.
  • There are 787,914 Hispanic women-owned businesses in the United States. This reflects a tremendous 45.7% increase in number since 2002 and a 133.3% increase since 1997. In comparison, Hispanic men-owned businesses grew 84.1% from 1997 to 2007.
  • Hispanic women-owned firms across the country have total receipts of $55.7 billion. The total receipts of Hispanic women-owned firms grew 57.8% since 2002.
  • The remaining 6.7% of the firms have paid employees, employing a total of 363,430 people across the country with a payroll of $9.3 billion. These employer firms have average receipts of $745,729.

Have a business idea? Maybe it’s time to get your plan started!

Latinos & Heart Disease

heartAccording to the American Heart Association the no.1 killer for all Americans is heart disease with strokes being the fifth. In addition, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among Latinos. What are the three main components that lead to this? Hypertension (high blood pressure), Obesity, and Diabetes. AHA states, “An estimated 24 percent of adult Hispanics have diabetes, but as many as half don’t realize it. Untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including cardiovascular disease and renal failure. The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans between the ages of 24 and 74 is greater than in non-Hispanic whites.” Mi gente, make sure to visit your primary doctor and get blood work done. If you experience any chest pain or discomfort, go see a cardiologist. If you don’t have health insurance, please visit healthcare.gov to get coverage. Also, something as simple as changing your lifestyle around helps. Do not smoke. Try incorporating at least 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, and limit your consumption of fatty, greasy and sugary foods. Easier said than done, but your life depends on it!

Do Feminists Fight for Latinas?

fakeWhat is a feminist? Who is a feminist? Do feminists fight for all women or for the women WHO LOOK LIKE THEM? Why don’t ALL women earn the same for the same job they do as other women? Here’s WHY:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2009, Asian women managed to earn more than their White, Black, and Hispanic counterparts. While this is positive, it does not serve as an accomplishment all women can share. Asian women are adopting some of the white feminists ways, and pulling them down in a form of retaliation, while white feminists step on other women of color, and blacks are mimicking this imperialistic style leaving Latinas at the bottom of the totem pole who surely will follow the pattern and do the same—  every woman for herself. The sad thing is none of the women are looking after each other rendering the feminist movement useless. They are cutting each other’s throats in the pool of survival. These women who abhor men’s sexist ways are emulating them and becoming just as repulsive. Feminists are becoming subordinates to one another. There is no sisterhood. Due to this separation, backbiting, betrayal, and greed is what is causing feminism to tear apart slowly debilitating the group’s mission.
Not all women who fight for equality are feminists, and feminists who fight for women more often than not do not always fight for all. Therefore, they should not call themselves feminists. And if they do, not all feminists are created equal, at the least not until they see eye to eye and understand each other’s struggle. No matter what color, race or creed if a woman is not fighting or advocating for the rights of all women it is disgraceful and shameful for them to even identify themselves as “feminists” instead of what they truly are— SELF-SEEKING OPPORTUNISTS.

The truth doesn’t discriminate and I refuse to show partiality.

Quote extracted from my Master’s Thesis, “Not ALL Feminists Are Created Equal”

LOVE: Teachers Who Encourage Us

painting 2 lrAs there are teachers who put us down, there’s also the good ones who uplift us. In high school, my art teachers, Dr. Pellegrino and Ms. Zenna were the ones who helped me get into college. Both instructors taught at East Side High School. They served as references and guides. Unknowingly, they inspired me and I will be eternally grateful for their assistance, advice, and professional guidance. They never criticized me. I could’ve done a scribble, and they would call it an “abstract beauty”. Their class was my therapy. I felt like Picasso around those two! They taught me tips and tricks in using color, mediums, and shading. If I did something wrong they’d help me get it right. They trained me in the arts and would always tell me I had a flair for it. I admired them so much. It is teachers like these two women who make a positive impact on students’ lives. Bless these two and all teachers like them who encourage kids by pointing out their talents instead of their flaws.

Did you have a teacher who geared you in the right direction?

 PS: That’s a painting I did 20 years ago.