“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” -Cesar Chavez
I started with that quote first because I think it’s important that we all know and understand that just because we like to preserve our own culture just like any other country enjoys doing, it doesn’t mean we must disrespect other people’s cultures.
As a Latina that has lived nowhere else but Berks County, I was taught to respect everyone no matter the color, age, or race, or sexual preference. I was taught that humans are humans. While I love celebrating that I’m Latina, and celebrating Hispanic Heritage, my roots & my culture. I also believe that celebrating Thanksgiving Day, Veterans Day, and all the other very American traditional holidays are super important to me as well.
Many Latinos, like me like adapting to others cultures we just don’t like being told to forget our own. Latinos love to show our pride via our music, art, food, traditions, festivals, and much more no matter if we live on or off our islands, or countries. Our culture is present—and waiting to be discovered even more, but one thing I must say it’s growing, and we are here to stay.
Many humans forget that we are ALL born diverse. I myself am Puerto Rican but that what that really means is that I am a mix of Taino, Spanish and African. No matter where you were born and to who, you are still a diverse mix. Embrace the diversity around you, it would be boring if you just ate one kind of food for the rest of your life, imagine the possibilities if you also diversified your friends like you do your food. So let me learn about your culture and I will teach you about mine.
That is the reason this magazine exists so we can learn from each other and have fulfilled lives. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Sept 15, through October 15, go out and try something diverse and it won’t make you any less than who you are as a matter of fact you will feel more complete. Happy Hispanic Heritage and thanks to all who support my diverse and bilingual publication.
Rosa Julia Parra
CEO, & Editor, Palo Magazine