First generation American, no root anywhere

Crissie Acosta
Miami, FL

Born of Cuban immigrants there is a sense of loss of my heritage, culture and traditions. My parents came to this country when they were children themselves carrying little to nothing but the clothes on their backs and even less of their culture and traditions. They were raised in an era of assimilation instead acknowledging cultural diversity. My brother and I were raised ‘American’ Brady bunch and Cosby show American. However when speaking to an American I am Cuban, according to them at least and when I speak to someone directly from the island soy Americana o Gringa. I see myself as a First generation American, what that actually means I still don’t know.


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