Oaxac The Talk

International Mother Language Day: Speaking Zapoteco at Sears 

With brother in front of Sears, circa 1993.

Stories of why I identify as diasporic-Indigenous and how Zapotec defines my Indigeneity. The moments I realized we were a different type of Mexican We were in the appliance section at Sears in Santa Monica, CA. It was after our family photo-shoot and my parents were trying to figure out whether they wanted to make […]

It’s Not Imposter Syndrome, It’s That I’ve Never Done it Before 


I’m the first generation in my family to do many things for the first time: graduate high school, earn a college and graduate degree, and lead as the founder of Mi Oaxaca. The earlier experiences generated doubt about my presence in those institutions and organizations. But now I have a different relationship when the imposter […]