Things That Embarrassed Us About Our Culture, But Now Make Us Proud

Back in the day we used to run from all of this because we thought they were nacadas, but now we embrace it because it reminds us of home and where we come from.


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We thought it was the lamest game, but now it’s part of our wine nights in.

Our Parents’ Favorite Music: Rancheras

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We were so ashamed when our parents blasted it on the radio, today it’s our karaoke anthem.

Reggaeton / Bachata / Salsa

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This was considered música de nacos when we were in high school, but it’s funny how these days we’re on the search for a club that plays this music we can dance to.

Tacos de Frijoles

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Talk about embarrassment. When mom packed these for lunch we made sure to eat alone. Now we wish she’d pack us this amazingness for lunch.

Abuelita’s DIY

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We wouldn’t get caught walking dead in that sweater she knitted you, but now we’re paying for something similar on Etsy because it reminds us of her ?.

Watching Telenovelas

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We’d never admit to our friends that we spent your weeknights watching María la del Barrio with our parents. Today we’re binge-watching them on Netflix with our girls.

Going to the Mercadito

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Naco alert! We would’ve been mortified if our friends found out we shopped there and not the mall. It took us 20 years to realize they have the best, most authentic items you can’t find at Macy’s.

Family Parties

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Bautizos, quinceañeras, bodas – they were soooo boring and we threw fits when our parents dragged us there. Now they’re our favorite kind of party because we can’t get enough of our drunk uncles.

Our Family at School Events

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We were so ashamed when our family showed up to our graduation with sound makers, and now we wish we could bring them everywhere because they’re the life of the party.

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