Your culture contributes to traditions, religious beliefs and values. Three students show their pride for their heritage by participating in social media movements, activism and more. Emily Lopez, Faith Childs and Jose Robles-Solis are greatly invested in their background.
“I love my flag, I think it’s very beautiful and I show it off as much as I can,” Robles- Solis said.Solis first became invested in his heritage when his father bought a farm and he began to raise roosters.“My hometown is a big farm town”. While he shows his pride by working on his father’s farm; others are more active with current issues.
“If I don’t keep it alive other generations won’t, I think it’s very important to keep your roots and know where you’re from and not try to be someone you’re not,” Lopez said.
The past year she has been participating in silent protest and has recently become an officer for BSU. “I want to invite people to see the better side of my race and not what the media portrays.” While the students are showing off their pride as much as they can, there are obstacles.“I would like people to stop stereotyping drugs with my people, all though there are a lot of drugs and violence in Mexico, it’s still a beautiful place,” says Solis. Every race has an obstacle in history, yet for minorities things have been different and still are. Hispanics have faced and still are facing oppression regarding immigration and African Americans have only had civil rights for 53 years. “For generations my race has gotten the short end of the stick and I’m still wondering when we’ll get some understanding” Childs said. The students continue to show off their pride and making a statement hoping to change minds and lives.
Traditions also play a major role in students lives . Three students, Jose Robles-Solis, Erica Miranda, and Paola Kieu, show their pride for their heritage by celebrating their distinct traditions.
Kaleb Charay is of Hispanic descent, and he celebrates Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de Los Muertos, that starts on October 31 and ends on November 2. On one of the days they go to his aunt’s house every year and celebrate deaths within the family. They have cookies decorated with skulls and other similar desserts. “My culture somewhat plays a role in my life. I don’t feel like it makes me completely different from everyone else,” Charay said, “I’m proud to be Hispanic.”
Paola Kieu is unique in which she celebrates the Chinese New Year rather than Christmas. Kieu is of Vietnamese descent, and her family often speaks Vietnamese at home. To celebrate the Chinese New Year her Grandma and whole family clean the house and throw away anything that is broken. “Since it’s a new year, it’s a sign for a fresh start,” Kieu said. For good luck, the adults give them envelopes decorated in gold with money inside. “Later that night we go out to eat and watch the Dragon Dance,” she continues. This is her favorite tradition to do with her family.
Erica Miranda is Puerto Rican and her family celebrates a day called Three Kings Day on January 5. “It’s like a second Christmas,” Miranda said. The children take a shoebox and fill it with grass for the camels. “We put the boxes under the bed and set out cookies and milk for the three kings,” she said. When they wake up there are fake mud prints around the house, supposedly from the camels, and there are gifts in or next to their shoebox. Throughout the day Miranda and her family attend carnivals and eat roasted pork.