Black? White? Where are my Hispanics?

DSCN1342Janice Mendoza,
East Lansing, MI.

I moved to Michigan from Southern California in middle school. I was very shocked to find out that there were not many Latinos in my new area. I felt very out of place. I am current student at Michigan State. I loved the idea of diversity when I got accepted into this school. However, I am now here with the opportunity to be around people of my culture through organizations and I still feel out of place. I feel very disconnected from my people. I wish that I could experience more of my culture in my everyday life. Culture is a very important aspect of ourselves as individuals. I am fighting to keep my culture alive in a land full of assimilation.


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