¿QPM? S2 EP 8: Latinos and the challenges of Health Care

“if you go to the emergency room, if you go to a doctors appointment, you know that the one thing that they ask for is insurance. Do you have insurance? You know? I’m not going to say the majority, but a good portion of the Latinos that I deal with don’t qualify for insurance. You know you have to be a resident here for at least a month in order for you to apply for emergency services which is very limited.“

¿QPM? S2 Ep 7: Census 2020 and the citizenship question

The Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. They say that citizenship voting age population data isn’t currently available, and it’s needed to determine violations of minority population voting rights. Mucha gente, especially Latinos, are worried that answers to the citizenship question will be used to target their communities. That fear of being targeted may keep some people from filling out the census. But if Latinos don’t respond to the census, it’s possible that they won’t receive the funds that they need to support sus comunidades.

QPM? S2 EP 5: La importancia of education for Latinos

Getting a degree is not easy for a lot of immigrants, first generation graduates and for low income families. First, navigating through the system to sign up, llenar la FAFSA, escoger the right classes, the scholarships and all the resources that they often don't know about, etc. And then the difference in cultures, the pressure of finishing school and taking care of their families.

¿QPM? S2 EP 4: Los del 1.5 Generation reconnect with their roots.

The experience of 1.5 generation immigrants, a term used to describe people who arrived in the U.S. as children and adolescents, is a unique one. Unlike their first-generation parents or U.S.-born siblings, their identity is split. That in between. Los que hablan más inglés que Español o que a lo mejor no saben mucho acerca de la cultura de sus padres.

¿QPM? S2 EP 2: Huracán Maria changed my family's life.

After not being able to talk to my family for six days, my mom finally called me from the Island. Hurricane Maria had just passed and she couldn't believe was she was seeing. I didn't know what had happened during that time so she started sending me pictures of what I thought was another country. I grew up in Puerto Rico; in these streets and I couldn't recognize any of them. My mom and sister came to stay with me in the Midwest after the hurricane and talked to me about their experience.

¿QPM? Cinco de Mayo in Liberal, Kansas.

Non-Latinos are not the only ones confused about why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated. I’m from the Dominican Republic, and I have to admit that I didn’t know for a long time that this celebration was not the Mexican Independence Day I was misled by the celebraciones en Estados Unidos about este festejo.

¿QPM? 14: Bilingual kids on being translators and growing up too fast y el Midwest bilingüe.

Many times, I found myself talking about things that I didn’t understand because I was translating for my mom, por que no sabia Ingles. So there I was telling her about when the water bill was due and where to pay it, what those state documents meant, what the total at the grocery store was and one time about a police report. But our contributor Barbara Anguiano found a school where kids have a common ground; where some who had grown up too fast can be children and those who don’t know Spanish are learning. 

¿QPM? 13: Searching for Identidad.

After an abusive childhood in Mexico, Amy's grandfather started telling people he was Italian. He says, “nothing good comes out of Mexico. Nothing."

His identity is his business, but Amy knows she's not Italian. As a mixed race Latina with no cultural connection to Mexico, she struggles to express her racial and ethnic identity. 

Para algunos, she's not close enough to Mexico to claim it, for others, she's possibly a distant cousin, no problem. Ultimately, it's not about them. One thing she's sure of today more than ever: identity is personal.

¿QPM? 7: Crossing the US/Mexico border for the 8th time

Amalia traveled the dangerous roads to the border all the way from El Salvador - fleeing gangs, violence and poverty. During her trip she heard screams, saw an elderly woman being left behind in the desert and experience extreme temperatures while her feet bled - all of this for a better future for her son - who she reunited with after trying to cross the US/Mexico border eight times.