Who I Am
The shadow box represent me and my many assigned and chosen identities. When people look at me they see that I am Latina and because of this they assume that my ethnicity is Mexican. This is why I choose to add the Mexican flag on the back of my shadow box because it’s the dominant narrative of being Latina/Hispanic. The counter narrative of this stereotype is that I am actually Salvadoran and I love where I come from. El Salvador is a beautiful place and even though I have never been there I still love the culture and everything I have seen in pictures. Other than the Salvadoran flag, I have also included the American flag because being born here has affected me greatly. Ever since Donald Trump became president, many people think that Latinos are illegal, but this is incorrect because there are many Latinos that have nationality here in the United States like me. Even though I was born here, my parents were not. I know all the struggles that they had to go through in order to come to the United States to get a better life. They had to leave their family behind in order for me and my brothers to have a good future. I have chosen to include a baby picture of one of my brothers in my shadow box because it shows that one of my identities is being a older sister. Being an older sister has affected my life because I usually have to babysit my younger siblings whenever my parents aren’t home. Also, being an older siblings has come with the task of wanting to be a good example for my younger brothers. Since I am the first child, I want to make my parents proud and to show them that they made the right choice leaving their home country. My gender identity is female because I choose to identify as female.The girl power picture is very important to me because women are powerful and strong even if society says we are not. We have a lot of stereotypes placed on us, one of them is that we need to have a perfect body and need to wear makeup and if we dont we are called ugly. But my counter narrative is that I don’t need to be a certain way, I am beautiful the way I am. My box has flowers all around because they represent how I am growing up as a woman and as a person in general. I have entered high school which is a big part of my life and this is where I will make important choices. Finally, the fairy lights in my shadow box represent the bright future ahead of me that can’t be stopped even with the dominant narratives placed on me.