She walks quickly and lightly, a slight pattering of feet as she rushes back and forth behind the counter. Her glossy black hair is set in a ponytail and all loose ends are secured under a red baseball cap. Anna Sanchez is a small, petite, young lady but her large, spherical brown eyes and her wide, full-mouthed smile offset her tiny physique. Continue reading Meet Anna Sanchez from Tortilleria Nixtamal
Flying over the border from Mexico to the United States in his mother’s lap at the age of one, Fred was too young to understand just how much a journey of a few miles would affect the rest of his life. Having grown up in America almost his entire life, he has the benefit of fitting right into American society. However, the ropes that tie him back to Mexico are still taut and he feels their tug constantly.
“Call your uncle. He’s our Christopher Columbus,” my father told me.
After immediate family, my uncle was the first relative I told of my decision to enroll in the BA/MD and Macaulay Honors Programs at Brooklyn College. My parents were very happy with both my acceptance and enrollment, and they knew that my uncle would be incredibly proud. He had always wanted a doctor in the family. After I told my uncle, my father took the phone to speak to the man who had been the first of our family to come to America. He and his wife, my aunt by blood, had then proceeded to sponsor my other aunt and my father as well as their families. Continue reading Immigration and Ideals