Growing Up Latina (But Not Mexican) in SF
V.Alexandra de F. Szoenyi

I appreciate this article and your raising awareness to the great diversity that falls within the Hispanic and Latino communities, especially the spectrum through which this identity is expressed and in turn, perceived in American cities.

I myself experience difficulty identifying myself as I am a second generation immigrant to Dominican parents, born and raised in New York City. You may know that Dominicans and Puerto Ricans comprise the great majority of Hispanic/Latinos in New York, although Latinos from nearly all countries are represented here. However, it is my ethnically ambiguous appearance that leads people to believe that I am either from the Middle East (especially when my beard is at a longer length) or just Caucasian and African American (I have literally had someone tell me that they assumed this because my English is eloquent…). That being said, I agree that we must continue to present that our collective identity as members of the Latino community, is a diverse one, tethered by one language, but comprised of a great vibrancy.

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