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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Being Puerto Rican Outside of the Island

Tatiana K. Tenreyro

Huffington Post

After studying abroad in England for 10 months, I recently moved back
to Maryland to finish my senior year of college. While I'm glad to be back
to finish my final year of college, I can't help but dread the unavoidable ig-
norance expressed towards my ethnic background.

I grew up in Puerto Rico in a bilingual household to a Cuban father and a
half-American mother. Although I grew up in the island, my life consisted
on a melting pot of cultures. I personally felt more in touch with American
culture, since I related more to American pop culture, literature, music, and
other aspects.I always thought I would be able to fit in well if  I moved to
the States for college, considering my identity with the culture and my up-

However, I was treated as an outsider. During my first week of classes, I had
a short writing assignment due for my English...[CONTINUE READING]

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