As if it had happened yesterday, Sylvia Mendez recalled that in 1944, when she was only eight years old, she and two of her brothers were victims of ...
"You don't look Peruvian," I was told once. What does a Peruvian look like? I responded. "Well, they are like this," the person answered signaling with his right hand someone who is way shorter than me.
What if instead of continuing to celebrate only heritage, we celebrated our collective Latino leadership? What if we punctuated this year's Hispanic Heritage Month by putting that leadership into action?
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The United States is the magnificent country that it is because of the contributions of the Hispanics. Hispanic Heritage Month is a month to commend these achievements, to encourage new ones, and to acknowledge the contributions of Hispanics worldwide. I celebrate Hispanic culture everyday and I am thrilled that there is the extra focus during September and October.
How about you? Are you bullish on our nation's green economy? Are you working in a green industry today? If not, are you working somewhere where new green jobs could be created if certain long-standing processes were questioned and new solutions created?
I happen to be a fan of constructive criticism; it's how one grows. As a community, we need to stop being so critical of each other. Let's show a little bit more love for one another -- there is enough room for all of us to love each other, and still be in business for ourselves.
Today's Digital world has changed the rules for everyone, and for Latino "content creators" this represents a huge opportunity to create a new Latino image all their own.
Some people still deserve chanclasos. And we're going to let them have it here in our weekly column, El Chanclaso. Sergio, our resident chancludo, will turn a critical eye on political shenanigans, and current issues and events with his chancla firmly in hand.
Of course, I understand, as I type this piece on my laptop, that Columbus' exposure of the New World made exploration inevitable and that we are who we are today, in large part because he triggered that European curiosity. But, I don't have to celebrate the man, his misdeeds, or his arrogant, short-sighted waste of human life.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, I offer some poems by Cecilia Martinez-Gil. This event seeks to answer the question of what are Latinos in the United States?
Regardless of where you stand on the Spanglish debate, for those of us who live in both languages there comes a time when you will inevitably put your foot in your mouth. The truth is that if you only speak one language you save yourself all of this trouble. But then again, you don't get all the benefits of being multilingual and multicultural.
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While many board rooms may be discussing the challenges of having to do "more with less" and restructuring to reduce costs and infrastructure, some other are going back to the core that make businesses excel and thrive: the power of its people and leadership from within.
My cheeks seared red-hot, as I retreated...too embarrassed to say "my mother's maiden name is Barraza" in defense. I did not have my mother's name. Did that mean that I didn't have her culture?
I am grateful that my mother defied cultural stereotypes and norms and was pro-active about talking to me about sex from an early age, and I hope to do the same with my daughter.