El lazo entre los languages (incluye video)

“Language is extremely important; it’s how people communicate. But there’s so many other parts of culture”, cuenta Cynthia Rivera, directora de exposiciones del Bronx Documentary Center.

Rivera es puertorriqueña de tercera generación y a pesar de no hablar el español fluido, se sintió apegada a su cultura.

Cuenta que lo que le salvó su conexión cultural fue la música.

“That was the one thing that I took control over and was like, I’m going to learn how to dance, like salsa, bachata, merengue everything because I can’t speak Spanish, but at least I can do this one thing that makes me feel like 1,000% connected to the culture… I feel that is kind of what saved my connection… or else I could have completely broken away from it and just been completely American, which I would have hated”, dice Rivera.

Ricardo J. Partida es un coordinador en el Bronx Documentary Center y concuerda con lo que dice Rivera.

“Yo siento que el lenguaje no define tu latinidad… las personas que son de Brasil, ellos no hablan español, pero son latinos. También hay gente de Belice que tampoco hablan español, pero son latinos…entonces el sentido… que tú tienes que hablar español para ser latino yo creo que es muy erróneo”, explica Partida

Entonces ¿cuál es el lazo que une a la cultura Latina?

“La cultura siempre está cambiando, siempre está evolucionando el idioma, las expresiones del idioma siempre están cambiando, siempre están evolucionando”, explica el Dr. Rothe.

Lo que ha encontrado Brown-Cepeda, es que el lazo presente en cada historia que comparte es el amor:

“The most important one is love. Because you can look at the project and see the through lines of resiliency, of willpower, of overcoming adversity, of parties, of opening up your home to your community, to feeding your community, to raising kids as your own that weren’t your own. To the joy of seeing your first snowstorm. And all of this to me is rooted in love, the love of who you are, the love of your family, the love of back home, and the love of all of the possibilities that that we have here, you know, as people who are part of immigrant communities”.

Roberta Hurtado Armas graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Latin American Studies. She is currently pursuing a master's in Spanish-Language Journalism at Florida International University and is passionate about history, politics, immigration, and social justice. When she is not working, she enjoys riding her bike on the beach, reading, making desserts, and watching Netflix.