I am 16 years old. My mother and I are both from Guatemala. My mother was forced to have sexual intercourse when she was 14. She got kicked out and struggled trying to find a place to sleep. My father heard about it and didn’t care. His sister gave her a place to sleep but […]
When Elaine Vilorio moved to the US as a young child, she encountered new notions of race. Now a high school senior, she talks about crafting an identity that’s ‘racially black and culturally Hispanic.’ Source: Coming Out As Black, When You Were Hispanic : NPR
Growing up, I dreaded the question “What are you?” I always proudly answered that I was Hispanic. In fact, I made it a point to emphasize my Hispanicity simply because I knew what was coming next. “I’m Hispanic; I speak Spanish; my parents come from Dominican Republic. I’m Hispanic. And, just to clarify, I’m Hispanic.” […]
Drawing from her co-authored book, “Becoming Bicultural,” guest speaker Dr. Martica Bacallao explores the individual and family dynamics and societal messages behind bicultural development and sheds light on the factors that lead to positive or negative consequences for immigrant youth.
Collection of posts about Latina Identity on Tumblr Source: latina identity | Tumblr
Migration is embedded in the human psyche. It is part of our early hunter-gatherer history, part of our DNA. Migration is tied to the human spirit, which seeks adventure, pursues dreams, and finds reasons to hope even in the most adverse circumstances. In recent years, many Latinos from Mexico, Central America, and South America have […]
Source: https://vimeo.com/22531916 Suicide is the third leading cause of deaths among 15 to 24 year-olds nationwide. For Latinas, it’s almost twice that of other ethnic groups. Cultural Factors seem to be playing a role.
A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 15 percent of Latina teenagers have attempted suicide, and 25 percent have thought about it. Source: CDC: Latina Teenage Girls At Highest Risk For Attempting Suicide In U.S. – Houston Public Media
For the past decade, research has found that depression disproportionately affects the children of immigrant parents. One reason is the difficulties adjusting to life in America. But why are depression rates for Latinas higher than anyone else? #globalnation Source: Culture of Silence: Helping Latinas Battle High Rates of Depression | Public Radio International
Image source: Wikimedia Commons All Lismari Montes, 15, had to do was find the bottle of prescribed sleeping pills that were hidden in her parent’s room. “I’m done” was all she could think as she walked upstairs to her room, yearning for escape from her exhausting fight with depression. Source: Milwaukee NNS Anger drove her […]