My favorite Hispanic/Latino Tradition is celebrating New Years having Univison in the background and celebrating with mi familia, my family. Univision was first launched on September 30, 1962 with the former name of Spanish International Network. Having a television station such as Univision growing up, created a space for me to express and learn from my Hispanic side. I may not be living in Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico but through Univision I could understand what some of the current issues were. Growing up I think Latinas have two worlds they connect with and express through; we have two languages and identities that battle against and with each other- this is a gift. We have the ability to think twice and use two or more perspectives in all we do, feel, and act on. We can access multiple forms of communication and make decisions what we see as true.
I would say watching novelas is a Hispanic tradition that i hold dear to my heart. Watching novleas was a way to spend time with my grandmother and hold something in common. My grandmother is now 90 years old and sometimes it is difficult sharing my opinions with her since we have different perspectives but having conversation while watching novelas is a way to start learning more about her and making her feel comfortable listen to my ideas on the world.
We can learn a lot from our grandmothers, they have stories to share and memories to give that help us feel complete. Sometimes it is difficult identifying with someone who is different in age; it may seem intimidating. But the best way to learn is to listen. Listening is a power tool. Listening allows you to observe movement, emotion, language; there is more information in how someone speaks than what is being said.