I was born in Fresno, California, a city where I thought was completely American, but I was wrong, the Mexican traditions were completely stronger than the city of Fresno in particular. I was raised in a Hispanic environment although the world around me considered me as an American. Having a Hispanic background meant learning all the traditions, moral values, and religious ideas. It was really difficult for me to incorporate both the American and Hispanic cultures because celebrating both the American and Hispanic traditions is really complicated. Coming from parents that were born and raised in Mexico, and migrated to the United States in the 1980’s, did not change their Mexican traditions, and cultures. I consider my Mexican culture and traditions as my heritage, and I practice all the moral and religious values my family taught me. I have more knowledge about the Mexican heritage than the American heritage, but I equally balance and practice the cultures and traditions
My family considers food to be a big part of any celebration or traditional event. During Christmas Eve, the main dish is “tamales”, “pozole” (a corn soup mixed with different vegetables), “ponche” (a drink that has sliced peaches, oranges, guava, sugar cane, apple, and many more fruit), rice, and beans. In Mexican food, the most important ingredients are the spices, traditionally, spices is the ingredient that gives Mexican food the taste and smell. Having both my Mexican and American heritage makes me proud, because now I can be able to talk about a different culture than a culture that other people might know about. I can consider myself a Mexican-American person by the reason that I can follow the traditions and cultures in both the Mexican heritage and American heritage. My Hispanic background is the platform of my moral values and tradition, which I will continue to practice throughout my life.