The Paisano

Being biracial: How racial stigmas complicate cultural identity

Rudy Sanchez

Rudy Sanchez

October 26, 2018

In my life, I have seen how others can be systematically privileged or oppressed purely by the color their skin. I am biracial – half-mexican, half-white. My father is Mexican-American and my mother is from Washington State with European heritage. She even bought a $80 DNA kit just to tell her exactly...

“No Hablo Español” — Identifying cultural roots based on substance rather than language

“No Hablo Español” — Identifying cultural roots based on substance rather than language

paisano.online1 and Jessica Jimenez

October 4, 2016

“Hola!” “Hola! I’m sorry. No hablo español.” “Oh, sorry…I just assumed. Aren’t you Latina?” --- This exchange happens often, yet it never gets easier. Not speaking Spanish has separated me from my culture for most of my life.   What makes my situation even more complicated is that I grew up in a S...