Tu Cultura, Best of 2012, Part Uno

From changing the direction of the immigration debate to breaking voting records, Latinos continue making history in the U.S. Here are some highlights from the first half of 2012.

The Politics of Self-Love

How one Chicano activist learned to recognize the political significance of Self Love.

Illegal History: The Fight Continues in Arizona

Arizona continues moving backwards while the rest of the country struggles to move forward. In the words of Sherman Alexie, “You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens? Those brown kids change the world.”  


One Puerto Rican writer reflects on his great-grandfather’s life and the Boricua diaspora.

Unpacking the Tipsy Cake Crack House: The Misrepresentation of Humboldt Park

An Australian pastry chef in Humboldt Park made national news and provoked protests with these infamous words: “I bought a bakery in Humboldt Park in 2006 and there were just too many gunshots in the cakes….”

El Machete Illustrated: Undocumented and Alien

Political cartoonist Eric J. Garcia boldly takes on the most controversial issues facing the nation.

How I Learned to Forgive My Father

One writer reflects on what Father’s Day means to her.

Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic Rally

A recap of the Undocumented, Unafraid, & Unapologetic 2012 Rally, where undocumented youth shared their stories of living in limbo.

Cesar Chavez Day

When Obama finally gave Latinos a holiday (although not a federal one), some questioned the president’s motives.

Stay in Your Place

One Little Village native daughter reflects on violence in her community.

The Death of Anastasio Hernandez: The Silence Is an Outrage

A story that fell by the wayside this year and reveals how much farther Latinos still have to go

Self-awareness Reveals Not-so-Subtle Stereotypes

One writer reflects on what it means to fulfill racial stereotypes.

How to Be a Dama

What it means to be a dama to a modern Latina daughter of a woman who grew up in 1950s Mexican ranch