My Shadow Box
By Janie Otero
This is my shadow box. In this shadow bow in the inside it shows my chosen identities/counter narrative and in the outside of the box it represents what society thinks about me/dominant narrative. To start off the inside of my box shows my culture or ethnicity which is being Latina, the Mexican flag represents me because my parents are Mexican and I have a big part of Mexican culture in my heart. The pictures in the box represent special events for me and my family one of them is the picture in the mexico flag because we took this photo while I was in Mexico and I was with my Uncle, Grandma, 3 cousins and my Auntie and it was her birthday. That photo means alot to me because its just a memory I can go back to and remember it perfectly. The photo to our right shows one of my first Christmas and it was when I came home from my uncle’s house which is where we always go to have our big Christmas Eve party and we come back home around 3-4 am because we are very festive. The picture to our right just shows me with toys because I just enjoyed my childhood a lot. The Mexican doll to our right represents the time where we I went to Mexico and I got that doll with my grandmother. There is also this image that looks like a doll that says Queretaro and that represents the time my uncles took me to a different place where we got to hike up this mountain and saw a waterfall and I got that so I can remember the day my uncle took me and the rest of our family on a trip. You can see that my favorite artist are Romeo Santos and Banda ms this represents the kid of music I like. The volleyball represents one of my favorite sports that I play at school. The candy just represents how much I love Mexican candy and how good it tastes. You can also see that there is different amount of money and those are “pesos” which is just Mexican money. The photo with me and my younger sister just represents my bound with her and how I care about her so much. The picture with my mom , dad and me was taken in mothers day and I put it in my shadow box because I care so much and love my whole family. I also chose to add the Latina woman that says girl power because my chosen identity is being female which was also my assigned identity. You can also see my religion which is believing in god and “la virgen de guadalupe”. Also you can see I’m from Oakland which is also a big part of my identity because its where I grew up. The rose represents my grandma because her name is Rosa and in English it means rose so I added that because it reminds me of her. Thank you for listening.Tags: #EthnicStudies#ShadowboxezcultureLife Academy of Health and Biosciencemexican
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