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Emilio Vicente discusses his and his family’s immigration experience as K’iche-speaking Mayans in Guatemala coming to Siler City, North Carolina in 1997. He discusses his early education as the only K’iche speaker in his public schools and feeling different from Spanish-speaking Latinos in his school. He talks about how his family emphasized…
Oscar is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing dual degrees in Global Studies and Psychology. Oscar is originally from Connecticut, but moved Wilmington, North Carolina when he was in the third grade. His mother was born and raised in Guatemala and his father is of Puerto Rican descent but was born in…
Yesenia Pedro Vicente was born and raised in Morganton, N.C. where a prominent Guatemalan Mayan immigrant community is well established. Vicente was raised speaking Spanish - as opposed to her parents’ native language, Q’anjob’al - which is why she feels compelled to identify as Latina. She explains the difference between various identity…
Natalie Borrego was born and raised in Miami, Fla. where a prominent Cuban immigrant community is well established as part of a larger Latin American community there. Borrego was raised identifying as Cuban-American and/or Hispanic. She explains the usage of the term Hispanic, which is commonly used by fellow Cubans in her hometown. The terms…
Antonio De Jesús Alanis migrated to the United States with his parents at the age of six. Upon moving to Durham, N.C., he felt a need to explain his identity in a place where he is viewed as a minority. As a Mexican-American, Alanis has experienced a variety of identity labels, some, he created; others may have been imposed upon him. The terms…
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