Latinas: race and ethnicity

In both “Your Lips: Mapping Afro-Boricua Feminist Becomings” by Yomaira Figueroa and “Sugar Babies” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, family plays a significant role in shaping the characters’ understanding and acceptance of their racial and ethnic identities. In “Sugar Babies,” written by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sierra’s relationship with her mother is centered. It was shown that her mother wasn’t a constant presence in her life but has been in and out of her life on and off over the years, which has helped her recognize her ethnic identity more clearly. While working on her school project, she had to take care of a sugar baby. In the process of her school project, she was able to appreciate first-hand the caring aspects of being a mother, even though her mom was in and out of her life and mainly raised by her father throughout her life.  The story Your Lips: Mapping an Afro-Boricua Feminist by Yomaira Figueroa focuses on her racial identity. She mentions within the story that she has always felt different from her family because of her other features, even though she is a young Afro-Puerto Rican who experiences negative interactions within her own family because of her features. While this goes against a family dynamic, she soon accepts how she is different from her family. No family dynamic is perfect. As a result, it teaches you a lesson about your own sense of self.

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