Adopt American and Mexican culture in San Antonio
From the moment I arrived with my family in San Antonio from Mexico City in 2003, I was surrounded by familiar sights and sounds. I remember the comfort and ease I felt while exploring American life. The city’s large Hispanic community meant there was always someone there to provide recommendations for food, produce, and entertainment, which made me feel like I was back home in Mexico.
In the years that followed, I discovered that San Antonio’s connection to Mexico and Latin America is represented throughout the city. The central library was designed by famous Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Antorcha de la Amistad The sculpture (Torch of Friendship) is by Mexican artist Sebastián, and the McNay Art Museum (where I worked for almost a decade) has an extensive collection of Mexican Modernist prints and drawings. Without forgetting the countless performances by Mexican and Latin American artists in our various musical venues. The fact that most cultural institutions have wall texts and brochures in English and Spanish is a recognition that Spanish speakers are part of our community and that we are welcomed and appreciated.
I like it in San Antonio, I don’t feel like I have to give up who I was to become who I am.
I met my husband, who is also from CDMX (Mexico City), here. We’re so fit I’m kidding, it’s like putting an ad in the newspaper that says, “Someone in San Antonio is looking for a Spanish speaking husband, because I don’t fight in English.”
Now a mother of two young boys, I couldn’t be more delighted that my children are growing up with a fantastic duality of cultures. We can go to Casa Dulce Dulcería and choose piñatas and sweets for their birthdays, attend a mariachi show at a local concert hall, get chili en nogada from Marioli Catering, find ingredients at the meat market in La Michoacana and eat an authentic pan dulce at La Panadería.
I am delighted to know that my children will have the opportunity to move from their culture of origin to that of their country of birth, and I hope they will be proud of it. Here I am delighted to be able to say to my children: “I love youOr “I love you,” and they’ll always know it’s the same.