MONTHLY Q&A: August 2021
Can you believe it’s almost September? Wow, 2021 has really flown by. August was filled with some incredible memories in the High Arctic – it’s my first time here and I am absolutely blown away by the beauty of everything around me.
I loved answering all of your questions for this month. Please note I only answer questions that I haven't answered before or that I have new answers for so if you've asked something and I didn't answer it try searching for it on my blog with a few keywords and I promise you'll find it!
As September near, so does Hispanic Heritage Month and I can't help but reflect on our culture and the pressures it sometimes puts on us as complex human beings. It's one thing to be a Latina in a Latin country... it's a whole different thing to be a Latina in a country where there isn't many of you and nobody quite understands certain things about you.
When we moved to the USA, my parents decided to talk to us in English (whether it was to help rid us of our accents or strengthen our vocabulary, I don't know) and help us blend in as much as four Mexicans in the middle of New Jersey could. There were certain things my mother made me shy from - big hoop earrings, the "wet hair" look, tight clothing - that my fellow Latinas in Florida wore that affirmed them as "Hispanic" but mother said was pretty much trashy. It wasn't until I moved to a part of the world where I come across few Latinxs that I started to truly embrace my roots (including the food, music, wet hair look, and big hoop earrings).
Yet it isn't easy to overcome the overwhelming cultural and societal norms our culture places on us.
Hi! I'm Melissa, an Australian-based Latina science educator, podcaster, and freelance writer. I spend a lot more time on Instagram and Twitter, but blogging is my first love. Thanks for stopping by — I hope you stay a while.
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