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.
Achieving that balance between community improvement and neighborhood assassination is, to say the least, a difficult balancing act. Some say that it cannot be done.
In a year of fresh Census numbers, financial recession and an uncertain and highly competitive political climate, it is evident that the size and power of Latinos are slowly but surely getting the mainstream spotlight it deserves. But, why hasn't the needle moved more?
Don't let your appearance or a typo keep you from getting the job of your dreams. Make that extra effort to present yourself in the best possible light, from your makeup to your resume to your shoes.And whatever you do, leave your flip flops at the door!
As we near the one-year anniversary of the Chilean mine rescue, it's a good time to reflect on the lessons that event can teach Americans. Many of us are looking for a rescue of our own, from crisis after crisis. It's time for us to learn some lessons about leadership in the face of tremendous adversity - and from an apparently unlikely source.
Why do Mexican business owners hire people dressed as Shrek to advertise their business?And why do Mexicans want to redistrict political boundaries in their favor?
Inevitably, many things will remain a mystery regardless of how long I live in the U.S., and I'm grateful for that. The discovery of what makes a people unique is all part of the fun and complex process of different cultures coming together.
President Obama must stop the tokenism that has taken place in Washington for years and start to include Hispanic leaders in his agenda to reinvent America. Our new mainstream voice must be encouraged to start leading conversations that involve the advancement of America.
As in many parts of the world, being black, female and of a humble origin -- read poor -- is a life challenge. But Susana Baca has overcome.
Diversity management is the key to growth in today's fiercely competitive global marketplace. No longer can America's corporations make excuses about their lack of cultural intelligence.
With The Latino List we are saying, "Look at you, America. Look at who you are and who you are becoming. We are you. We are America."
Don't miss the chance to create a legacy of leadership beyond your own and be remembered as someone who helped set the stage for a new conversation in this wonderful country of ours.
The fact is Latino heritage is U.S. heritage. You wouldn't have such "American" phenomena as cowboys, guitars, rubber balls, gold mining, horses, corn, and even Jazz, Rock-and-Roll, and Hip Hop, without the contribution of Latinos.
Perhaps throwing a curve ball of alternative Latino content wouldn't be a bad idea either for the film industry.
Every week, readers submit their questions about Mexicans to Gustavo Arellano-- including their customs, labor issues, and illegal immigration.