A biographical narrative, written in short essay format, about the life and influence of my grandfather, Alejandro Cadena. Themes explored include: family bonds, Latino culture, Hispanic heritage, US Latino experience and immigration.
From the Author:
It is a special yet turbulent moment for Latinos in the U.S. We’re approaching the tipping point – politically and economically. We are becoming an unstoppable force. However, as our influence continues to grow, many feel threatened. The steady increase in populations of color in the country signifies the imminent collapse of White Privilege. For the first time in American history, the majority – White Caucasians – will become the minority.
The collective fear and hate disseminated and perpetuated by the Trump Administration is a somber reaction to this phenomenon. This demographic shift is causing unfounded pandemonium, paranoia and xenophobia. To combat the rise in hate towards otherness, towards the groups that will comprise the New Majority, our nation desperately needs to hear – with open ears and hearts – the diverse narratives of communities of color. We must remember we always were (and still are) a country made up of immigrants. Only understanding and compassion can serve as antidotes to this dark social-political period in our country’s history.
The Legacy of a Mexican Patriarch is one of the many untold stories of the millions of Latinos living and working in the United States. This biographical narrative is a response to the political strife and chaos unfolding in our nation and will serve to spark a dialogue about the New Majority and the New America to come.
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Rocio Cadena [www.thisisrocio.com] is a Latinx writer. Borrowing from the style of cultural ethnography, she chronicles the U.S. Latino Experience.
Rocio was oblivious to the notion of “culture” until she emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. at the tender age of 11, and culture shock welcomed her with open arms.
Adjusting and assimilating to American culture was a challenging and invaluable life experience.
She had to live on the border of two worlds, with one foot in Mexico and the other in the U.S.
To thrive in this paradoxical reality, Rocio molded two into one. She fused the attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors of two vastly different societies to become her own individual.
Yet, she wholeheartedly identifies with the phrase ‘Too Mexican for the U.S., but too American for Mexico.’
Hence her endless fascination with the way culture(s) shapes one’s personal identity, how culture is perceived and, the way we create new culture.