About Born Bicultural USA

Born Bicultural USA is a blog for curious thinkers to gather for a constructive and respectful dialogue on racial diversity in the United States.  The purpose of Born Bicultural USA is to gain understanding through sharing.

I believe this dialogue is valuable because:

  1. Biculturals can feel misunderstood and even isolated
  2. Everyone has a fundamental desire to be understood and included

From my first breath, I encountered an existence that has been Hispanic and American, Black and White.  Balancing these colors and cultures has provided a unique experience.  I’ll share mine.  Please share yours.

Note: You don’t have to be “Born-Bicultural” to contribute to this important dialogue.  All curious thinkers of every color and culture are welcomed.

Copyright 2015 Born Bicultural USA.  All Rights Reserved.

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8 comments

  1. I enjoyed the article ” I’m Hispanic, Not Black” it was insightful and highlighted an issue not spoken about much in the Hispanic community. I was thrown off by the title until I read the article. It is straightforward and unapologetic in its tone. I feel it may cause some readers to cheer and others to be angry (some truly believe they are not black). The suttle humor makes it enjoyable as well. Overall a good article.

  2. Gary,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Where you born in Haiti or the United States? In either case, you have a valued perspective on the bicultural experience in the USA. Feel free to come back often, check out what we’re sounding off about at Born Bicultural USA and sound off yourself.

    Hope all is well Gary. Hit me up the next time you’re in Miami.

    Alberto Padron
    Born Bicultural USA

  3. This is my situation. My father was born in Jalisco, Mexico (not sure exactly where.) He came to California at age 10, joined the Marines when of age and fought in Vietnam. My paternal grandfather was born in Texas. My maternal grandparents were born in Mexico, but my mother was born in California. I was born in California.

    Although my father and grandparents were fully bilingual, they never spoke Spanish in the family. I was never taught to speak Spanish nor did we do typical Mexican cultural things (except for tamales at Christmas). I don’t feel any connection to my Mexican heritage, nor can I be connected to any other heritage. Sometimes, I feel without culture or heritage. Am I the only one who feels this way, or have you heard from others who feel the way I do?

    1. Deana,

      Your experience is not unusual. This forum has many commentators who cite similar realities. I encourage you to read the posts and the comments on this blog. Share your story, your challenges and your strategies to find cultural identity when one is not deliberately prescribed to you. We all stand to learn from your experience and thank you in advance for that, Deana.

      Best regards,

      Alberto Padron
      Born Bicultural USA

  4. By the way, as I was looking through your blog, I found an interesting response where the words “American of Hispanic descent” were stated. That is exactly what my father would tell my siblings and I when we asked what we were. But that did not seem to give us either American culture nor Hispanic culture either.

    1. Deana,

      I read your comment a while back. Please pardon my delayed reply. I fully understand the irony of actively labeling yourself “American of Hispanic descent” and experiencing the difficult outcome of not completely identifying with either. What a conundrum. I appreciate you giving us something significant to ponder.

      Best regards,

      Alberto Padron
      Born Bicultural USA

  5. Oh my goodness. I feel like I just came ‘home’. I am white American (born & bred) but having lived overseas for the past 12 years. I’ve been married to a white South African for the past 6 years. (I only threw the ‘white’ part in because everyone assumes that because my husband is African he must be black.) We live here in South Africa raising our twin girls. I’ve lived away from the US so long that I feel confused about where my identity lies! So weird. I’m excited to read more on this site…

    1. Ruth,

      They say that home is where you hang your hat. Glad you stopped by this blog and hung your hat here for the time being. It fascinates me that someone in South Africa would chime in. I’m sure you have plenty of interesting stories to share regarding your travels and raising a mixed nationality family abroad. I encourage you to visit the many posts and comments on this forum. We seek to learn through sharing our experiences regarding this common interest. I hope you continue to contribute to this dialogue.

      Best regards,

      Alberto Padron
      Born Bicultural USA

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