Dimelo: Celebrating Today During Hispanic Heritage Month

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If I had a dime for every time a Dimelo reader asked me how to "feel" more Latina (or how to come to terms with celebrating our own definition of cultural identity), I'd have a lot of dimes. The questions may be worded differently to reflect personal experience, but the common denominator is the same: a feeling of disconnect between our dual identities as hyphenated Americans.

Recently, the question has come up in my personal life, too. Maybe because of the added awareness and emphasis on Latino culture during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). Friends want to know how to define themselves if they don't speak fluent Spanish or know how to cook traditional dishes or even feel they don't "look" the part—they are too tall or too white. They are questioned by others, Latinos and non-Latinos alike, when they state their ethnicity. No, people say. You can't be.

But they are.

We are.

And you are, too.

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