Redefining travel for people who aren’t rich (most of us)

In my experience, most backpackers tend to be white. There’s no actual data on this but I’m sitting in a hostel in Per├║ and there are definitely more white people here than people of color, and I don’t think I’ve seen a black person this morning. There are several people from parts of Asia, such as Singapore, and many of the other people I’ve seen of Asian descent are actually first-generation immigrants from the US, Canada, or elsewhere. This has been the case in Argentina and Chile when I stay at hostels. Bite me.

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Sometimes I feel like a fake salvadore├▒a

I grew up in Los Angeles after my mother took me there from El Salvador on July 9, 1989. At that time there weren’t as many Salvadorans as there are now, and one of the first places I lived in was Compton. From what my mother told me, her plan was for us to be there for two years so she could learn English and how to use computers. We were extremely fortunate to have obtained tourist visas, meaning we skipped crossing Guatemala and Mexico to get to the US.

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It’s expensive to be a geek

Now that I’m older and can afford a few things here and there, I indulge in Netflix, where I can catch up on nerdy shows, and I was once gifted an entrance to Comic-Con in Buenos Aires.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is actually a Latino…. or so I used to think

Growing up with a very religious single mom I wasn’t allowed to see a lot of things on TV. We didn’t have cable, so already there were very little questionable TV shows in the early 90s, and since there was only one TV in our small illegally* converted garage apartment the only thing that would be on after 6, 7, or 8 pm when my mom got home from work was Univision or Telemundo. My mother always paid attention to the news, as any undocumented immigrant would. Univision was our fucking lawyer when I grew up and I was an eight or nine year old kid who knew the cops were after me because I’m brown.

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Everything about film is tough for women of color

Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to be a film director, but I had no idea how to even begin. I grew up in Huntington Park, CA and film and acting careers aren’t something we were told we could aspire to. My school had a drama club, and I had a lot of friends that were into movies, but in the early 2000s we didn’t have the tools we have today (cheaper cameras with decent resolution, cheaper editing software, and social media to self-distribute).

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