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Hi there!
My name is Heather. I live in the sweet city of El Paso and am a proud member of Latinitas. I am currently seventeen (freshly seventeen if I may add) and while I may add Hispanic to the group of my ethnicity, I am also Korean. It is pretty cool being able to say that. Having any type of heritage is honorable. But I must admit, just a little over a year ago, I never once acknowledged who I was.
You see, my father was born in Seoul, South Korea. He was born, not raised and was quickly sent off to New Hampshire here in the States to a family who adopted him.
Long story short, he ended up here in hot ol' El Paso, popped me out with my momma, slapped a white name on me a long with a Sicilian last name and boom, Hi my name is Heather. How's that for complicated? (And I didn't even give you the details!)
So, born here, I was pretty much raised in a Hispanic household. I ate the food, equipped with awesome tacos and tortillas and salsa galore! Oh the salsa! Spoke Spanish fluently from a young age and did everything pretty much a Korean kid would never do. During elementary and middle school I learned Japanese on top of the Spanish and English, and now French during high school..
It was so weird. I knew some part of me was 'Asian' but I really never cared. In all reality, I actually had thought South Korea was this 3rd world country that looked so historical, still, with empires and really poor neighborhoods and they all still wore 'hanbeoks' day in and day out.
Ohhhhhh, but that soon changed, my dearies! A year ago my lovely friend stumbled across this show called "Boys Over Flowers."
I still bless her to this day that she did not keep it from me. All of our friends got together one night and started watching it. Here we go with honesty, I did not want to watch it at ALL. the show was in Korean and I wasn't interested at all.
But booooyyyyyyy was I wrong. It's my life now! What got me interested is while I watched I saw that they had buildings,cities just like New York! Celebrities and movies and awesome technology.

Without so much elongating, I fell in love. Hard. And now that's all I do.
Yes, my friends, I learned so much this past year. That night truly changed my life to making myself healthier, changing my major, and adapting to their culture.
I realized that I AM Korean and I can't believe I went so long ignoring this beautiful culture that was in my blood. No wonder why I had a knack for languages and learning them, it was in me.

My point is: Never assume, I think we all know what happens when we do. We are often mislead or just ignorant. A simple truth can change your life. Own up to your roots. It ultimately can make you such a confident person.

So, here's what I propose, lovely ladies: If you stick around with my blog, I'll show you the ways I decided to change my life. Everything from the language, fashion (I.e nails, hair, and clothing,) to how I lost weight, to seeing everything differently.
I'm your trusty bible to cross stitching two cultures into one.

Stick around, I know I will.

With much love,

Heather

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Comment by Lizette P. Ruiz on February 7, 2013 at 3:31pm

Dear Heather,

I too have had to embrace the multiple cultures that come with me. What I have learned over the years is that being multicultural means being a hybridity, a new culture, that you make for yourself. It is beautiful to choose what traits you want to keep and choose to identify with, from the different ethnicity's that make you who you are.

Best,

Liz

Comment by Ashley Steel on February 7, 2013 at 2:34pm

Hey Heather,

Thank you for sharing your story. I’m very interested in questions about the Latina identity. I recently interviewed my friend (a Chinese, Peruvian, American) on this issue, for a story I hope to publish in the online magazine. I’m glad to hear another voice weigh in on the matter, and I’m happy to see you embracing all the parts of yourself.

Best Wishes,
Ashley 


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