58 letters on the American Dream from San Marcos University students, San Diego, California, USA
letter 13: Cindy

Hi my name is Cindy Fabiola Falla-Rodriguez. My ethnicities are Chinese, Japanese, Hispanic and Gypsy. My mother is Chinese and Japanese from her father side and Hispanic and Gypsy from her mother side. My father is Hispanic. My parents were both born in Guatemala (Central America). My parents come over to the United States for political reason. They have lived in the United States about 20 years.

 I was born in Los Angeles, California. I have lived in the city all my life. However, about four years my family moved to Pasadena/Altadena, California and I have fallen in love with these two cities. Altadena is just a city with a feel of a country side. In Altadena there is no racial discrimination. Everyone is every helpful and friendly in our hometown. However in Los Angeles I have experience some racial discrimination. An example would be when I was in a restaurant with my older brother, mother, and younger sister and my self, and an Asian man start to common about our ethnicities. Cleary my family is a melting pot or mud, my older brother looks Asian, my younger sister is white, and I look Hispanic and my mother looks Asian / Hispanic. So the man comments how my sister is a “white bread”, my older brother as “one of our own people”, and my self as a Hispanic or “brown bread”. My mother got so mad; we ended up leaving the restaurant.

 I have lived in Southern California all my life that at this point I could use a change. However California is just a big state with places I haven’t seen. As an example Altadena, Pasadena, San Marcos and San Diego are place I have fallen in love. Dealing with the subject of racial discrimination, I have learned to deal with it because I can not be close minded.