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Being a Child of Immigrants

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

What does it feel like having one foot in one world, and one foot in another? What does it feel like being pulled into two completely different directions? Well if you ask any child of immigrant parents living in the US, you will definitely get a clear explanation of this dichotomy.


I was born in California by a mother who moved to the US from Mexico and a father who moved to the US from Costa Rica. I know all too well the balancing act and the feeling of not quite fitting the physical description of an “American” while also not feeling authentic enough to represent my parentsʻ differing cultures, even though I spoke fluent Spanish. In the movie Selena, her father described it best when he said, “We have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans, both at the same time! It's exhausting!” Every child of immigrants can relate to this.