As economic immigrants, where do we find our cultural identity? The answers are probably as unique as every immigrant that arrives into a new country. So I decided to ask a few of my Latin American friends who have also migrated and ask them about the ties that connect them to their home culture.
As a Latin American woman immigrating to the USA, accepting new gender norms has not been as liberating as I though it would be.
In South, Central and North America, having health insurance is only half the battle. The other is understanding and learning how to use the systems, when it seems that most of those who really do benefit from health insurance do so after learning the tips and tricks to get the most out of a limited service.
Growing up in Central and South America, we were raised on tales of the “American Dream”: how an immigrant could go to the USA and before long have a house, [...]
Food has become more of an interest after I moved to the United States. I’ve struggled with my weight all of my life so food was certainly in my mind, but nowadays I’m thinking of food beyond the calories, or rather, about food in other ways. Whether it is about the giant portion sizes at restaurants, the great variety of food available or the great waste of food that is seen as normal here I’m still grasping to understand the food culture in my new country.
Anti-Smoking laws benefit the population: those who smoke may quit, those who have never smoked may never start, and people who work in restaurants, bar and other establishments are guaranteed a smoke-free work environment. However, these laws have faced the resistance of the community when they’ve passed, despite the fact that it is a law meant to protect their health.
The city of Medellin, Colombia has based its marketing on the city’s transformation, but perhaps this story of rags to riches is hurting its citizens.
I believe that sometimes language is sexist, and vocabulary non-inclusive. In Spanish, recent years have seen an ample debate on how to eliminate gender issues when speaking or writing, with [...]
Growing nations need industry, and this industry needs employees. To give the industry the employees it needs to make the nation grow, citizens must be trained to fulfill these positions. Is there room for the arts in the developing world’s job market?
The Colombian government needs to step up and assume the challenges of climate change. Not only because they have a responsibility with their citizens who are facing rougher rainy seasons every passing year, but also because of the responsibility they have to the rest of the planet and future generations as guardians of part of the Amazon basin.
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