What makes you a Culturati?
From a very young age I had the opportunity to live with people from different places. I am from Ensenada, Mexico which is a city full of tourism, but also with its own mix of culture. Being in a city that is very close to the United States, the culture is different compared to states/cities in other parts of Mexico. I feel proud to be part of two totally different cultures but, at the same time, I can no longer see them as two separated cultures.
How did you discover your Culturati nature?
In Ensenada, most people discover other cultures through television, and many of the television programs are in English. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to move to the United States. This helped me discover a new language, food and even new physical traits that are not normally seen in Mexico. Music also had a very big influence on me since I spent much of my adolescence listening to music in English and other languages as well.
What type of Culturati are you?
Part of living in a city close to the United States opened a path where I was able to experience two different worlds throughout my formative years. I enjoy trying new foods, watching foreign films in other languages, growing personally and professionally, developing an open mind, and leaning more about the mainstream U.S. culture and Mexican culture, but also about all the different cultures that immigrants have brought to the United States over time.
What makes you a good Culturati Researcher?
I consider myself a person who likes to investigate and learn about new cultures. I like knowing and understanding the why and how behind everything. I believe that it is always good to learn about new cultures and investigate about them to have a different perspective on things and to build empathy.