I live in small-town Florida. Most of the people in my town have apparently never left the state – much less the country. I get asked a lot of questions like: What kind of Mexican are you? Aren’t all you Venezuelans, Cubans, Mexicans, Colombians the same?
There is only one type of Mexican – the people from Mexico. Venezuelans, Cubans, Mexicans, Colombians, etc, are not the same. We have totally different cultures, food, music – even social problems!
My culture is so much more than “Cinco de Mayo” or the perfect Spring Break destination. I have been living in the US for more than 11 years now, and I have realized that there are a lot of misconceptions about Mexicans and other Latin-Americans. Let’s talk about some of them.
Blanca was born in the southern-most tip of Mexico in the state of Chiapas. Her state is famous for lush tropical jungles, waterfalls, blue rivers and Mayan culture. She comes from a small Mexican family: four brothers, one sister, and 17 nieces and nephews. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in print journalism. She is very proud of having spent four years volunteering for a non-denominational church “Elohim” as a missionary. Her missionary work brought her into close contact with the Tzotzil and Tzeltal people – the most prominent indigenous groups in the state. This experience changed her perspective and helped her understand her heritage at a deeper level.
Blanca has been a Florida resident since 2008, and a US citizen since January of 2019. She is married to Shawn and has 2 wonderful daughters Judith and Grace.