One of the most influential figures in the US today, with Mexican roots is, without a doubt, Selena Gomez. The actress and singer, who emerged from the Disney talent stable, has repeatedly recalled that she has Mexican blood in her veins and she is very proud to have a bicultural family, which observes all the festivals and traditions, so she has no problem celebrating July 4 the same as September 16, as the national holidays of her two countries, since May 5 is not Mexico’s independence day (as many believe in the US), by the way.
Such is his attachment to his roots that, despite not mastering the language —His recent album in Spanish, ‘Revelación’ was recorded phonetically, as was done with ABBA’s records- Selena, 29, is one of the most important spokespersons on the rights and defense of immigrants living in the United States.
During an interview, she clarified that her grandparents are of Mexican origin and live with her a lot, and pointed out that for that reason she has learned a lot about Mexican culture, And although she hardly speaks Spanish, she wishes to make up for this lack and learn to handle the language better, ensuring that she is very proud of the journey they undertook. their grandparents in search of a better life in the early 1960s, when they emigrated from Monterrey, Nuevo León, to Laredo, Texas, doing it illegally at first and going through a lot of effort to regularize her situation, before she was born.
“When my family came here from Mexico, they launched my American story, as well as theirs. I am a proud member of the third generation Mexican-American and my family’s journey and their sacrifices helped me get to where I am now. “
This was narrated in a video made for the organization Define American, a non-profit civil association that is responsible for making the issue of immigrants in the United States visible, through various media channels.
Selena -who on more than one occasion has indicated that, indeed, the choice of her first name comes from Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tex-Mex, who had not yet died when she was born – he dedicated a few words to young immigrants who, due to the coronavirus pandemic, have had to celebrate their graduations from a distance, and that they work so hard to have a better future for themselves and their families, whatever their origin.
‘Mine is not a unique story. Each and every one of you has a similar account of how you became Americans. So no matter where your family is from, no matter your immigration status, you have taken action to get an education, to make their families proud and expand their worlds and their futures. I send you all my love and congratulations, I hope you are ready to be everything you want to be‘.
Close to her roots as she is, Selena has indicated that she enjoys Mexican cuisine as her grandmother prepares it and commented to the Mexican edition of Vogue magazine, that Mexican celebrations such as Independence Day, or the Day of the Dead, were observed at home while growing up, simultaneously with July 4 and Halloween. “Having had two cultural aspects while growing up not only taught me a diversity of customs and traditions, it also helped make my life much richer, since that way I could embrace my two roots and make them the person I am now. “
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