The current ranks of Latino filmmakers are thin, and that influences what kinds of stories get told in American cinema. More important, it has an impact on how Hispanic culture is portrayed -- if it is portrayed at all.
There's no doubt that writing 'ja ja ja' instead of 'ha ha ha' significantly boosts your Latino Index score. It might even make up for the fact you can't play soccer.
Latinos are funny. Or at least American audiences seem to think so. From the sequences of major motion pictures, to the stand-up routines of alternati...
Once at Yale, I realized that I was missing, or rather subduing, something that was vital to my being: my culture.
The only difference between the aspiring journalist I was when I was ten and the aspiring journalist I am now is my full understanding of what it means to be a Latina.
My parents, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the 1980s, never received the opportunity to attend college, so I relied completely on the stories of high school teachers to get a sense of how this college business worked.
I didn't realize how Hispanic I was until I was pulled away from my native environment. I thought the crazy Latin culture was something I wanted to escape, but as it turns out, I love my "spice." I can't let go of it, but rather I've let flourish.