Southern Living: Caught Between Different Cultures

Jackie
Houston, TX

My parents are South American immigrants who were granted amnesty during the 1980s. I was born and raised in Texas. I didn’t have many Hispanic friends growing up. I grew up around many Texas Germans and am now at college in Houston studying German. People are surprised when they discover that I have a Texas accent and that I have trouble speaking Spanish. I’m not very close to my culture which upsets my family. It’s hard figuring out exactly where I might fit in since I’m different than all of my white friends but not exactly close to my own culture. I have been discriminated against because of my skin color in the past. Just trying to figure out my place in society.

 

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