vividly remember the day I watched the 2002 film adaptation of Josefina López’s play Real Women Have Curves. I saw a part of myself I’ve never seen on screen. I saw my mother, my family, and community, our traditions and customs, and most importantly, I saw me. I saw a Latina with a “normal, realistic” body experiencing love, sex, and self-empowerment. America Ferrera’s Ana Garcia is a Mexican American whose low-income family lives in East Los Angeles. Her family, culture, and tradition have dictated her life and now her future. However, this dynamic character knows she can do and be more!
The inner turmoil to leave, to explore, to take advantage of the opportunities in the U.S. (the reason why our parents come here in the first place) and the responsibilities to stay behind, care for our relatives, look after their homes, and even the family business, it’s one we young immigrants and first-generation, know all too well.
Netflix’s original series Never Have I Ever by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher is the coming of age dramedy I … More
Season 2 episode 8 is the culmination of what the series has been about all this time. While Fred is away at the hospital, the house full of women get to work. Particularly the unlikely allies Serena Joy and June. Serena Joy, a former architect of Gilead and an outspoken leader in her community, pairs well with the writer/editor June.
The Mexican American story about two sisters reuniting at their childhood home in East LA after the death of their mother Vidalia, struck a deep core with me. Created by Tanya Saracho, the show has humor, politics, Mexican traditions and my favorite, a healthy sprinkle of Spanish and Spanglish language.