This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series Language and Power
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Cultural Habits

My name is Franciely Paulino. I was born and raised in Samana, a touristy city in the Dominican Republic. There, you wake up to the rooster singing and the smell of coffee. I wouldn’t trade my homeland for anything in this world. I’m proud of being the Dominican. I migrated to this country with my dad to the Bronx at the age of 9. At the age of 14, I moved in with my aunt, and since then I have lived in Brooklyn. 

As much as I love Brooklyn, I really miss my country, my family, and friends.  I wouldn’t leave my cultural habits behind, I still listen to Bachata, Merengue, salsa, And Dembow  everywhere I go and every time I listen to the music of my people make It reminds me so much of D.R and my childhood, We are  happy, cheerful and very loud people.  

Anyways, I’m in high school now, I’m a senior (¡Thank god!). Throughout the years

I have adapted so much to the American culture.

My friend Kamilah immigrated only a year ago, and she responded that so many things have changed.  But one of the most interesting points she made was in Dominican Republic, she hardly ever interacting with people who were a different race or culture than her.  Here in New York, she interacts with all sorts of people, from all over the world.

From hearing my friends’ points of view, I learned so much – as I hope you did, too.  Immigration can be very complex, improving our lives in some ways and losing parts of ourselves in the process – and remember, immigrants come here for a better future, and we make this country better in the process.


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January 12, 2018 5:21 pm

Dear Franciely ,

I am interested in your post about your cultural change because I took part of it and I can relate to your stoy

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Immigration can be very complex, improving our lives in some ways and losing parts of ourselves in the process” I think this is powerful because you lived it.. you are living it right now.

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I got to the United States and I was really angry of myself to not know anything about the culture of the United States. I felt alone. I thank you to help me in that moment.

January 10, 2018 7:11 pm

Dear Franciely

I am happy by your podcast because it had inspired me that you would never trade your homeland for anything and how you had immigrated to this country with your dad at age 9 to the Bronx.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is that you wouldn’t leave your habits behind.

Another sentence that I like was everywhere you go and everytime you listen to music it with remind you of your country which is the Dominican Republic.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because…

January 9, 2018 5:33 pm

Hello Franciely, I am intrigued by your post. The vivid image that you described “you wake up to the rooster singing and the smell of coffee” made me want to go travelling there so badly. Just for curiosity, could you please talk about more about your culture? Like how it’s different from American culture and how you integrated these two culture together? Thank you for your post. Sincerely, Hannah
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