Every day I get more and more excited that I will be going to Mexico this summer. I can’t even believe it. I am really looking forward to immersing myself into the culture and learning about how the media affects rural areas of Mexico specifically. I mean, it has to somehow. Here in the states, we are bombarded by the media to think a certain way, to agree with a certain person, the like a certain thing. I’m curious to discover what the media tells them.
Something that I have thought about is whether the people will see me as an American or as a Mexican. My guess is that I’ll be more an American to them. Being raised in the States affected how I think, how I speak, how I dress. But I hope that I know enough of their culture so as not to offend them or stick out like a sore thumb. My dad is from Guanajuato and I’ve lived with him most of my life so I think I’ve got this.
My dad tells me stories of when he was younger and how he grew up in his ranchito, but that was so long ago. I know things have changed since he left and I will probably never experience Guanajuato the way he did, but I will get a taste of it, a glimpse, and for that I am truly grateful. I want to learn about the customs, the traditions, and especially how to cook the food. It will be a way to connect to my roots and to understand where I came from. I’m almost sure that my parents raised me following some of my father’s traditions from growing up so I am anxious to find any similarities between their traditions and the ones I know.