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Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Hip-hop...has been the proverbial key that’s opened the door for me to roam this breathtaking planet."

Hip-hop...has been the proverbial key that’s opened the door for me to roam this breathtaking planet.





Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "We aren’t encouraged to think for ourselves and ask questions. We are expected to accept what they teach us as infallible truths."

We aren’t encouraged to think for ourselves and ask questions. We are expected to accept what they teach us as infallible truths.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "The things that come to us easily, our propensities, are carried on a deep subconscious level into our next life. There are no coincidences."

The things that come to us easily, our propensities, are carried on a deep subconscious level into our next life. There are no coincidences.




Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Hip-hop, this thing we love that loves us back, is our lingua franca."

Hip-hop, this thing we love that loves us back, is our lingua franca.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Lately, Mami’s eyes have been so dark, I don’t like looking into them because I’m afraid I’ll fall in."

Lately, Mami’s eyes have been so dark, I don’t like looking into them because I’m afraid I’ll fall in.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "While America will always, I think, feel foreign to me, New York City is my home. This is where I can construct my own identity freely and reject labels imposed on me."

While America will always, I think, feel foreign to me, New York City is my home. This is where I can construct my own identity freely and reject labels imposed on me.




Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Come to think of it, maybe God is a He after all, because only a cruel force would create something this beautiful and make it inaccessible to most people."

Come to think of it, maybe God is a He after all, because only a cruel force would create something this beautiful and make it inaccessible to most people.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Even the juncture in history and the zeitgeist we live in is something we choose, setting the scene for the spiritual fodder we need to grow and achieve deeper elevation of our souls."

Even the juncture in history and the zeitgeist we live in is something we choose, setting the scene for the spiritual fodder we need to grow and achieve deeper elevation of our souls.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Nobody, she felt, understood her--not her mother, not her father, not her sister or brother, none of the girls or boys at school, nadie--except her man."

Nobody, she felt, understood her--not her mother, not her father, not her sister or brother, none of the girls or boys at school, nadie--except her man.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "If it weren’t for her setting me free, I may still be a caged bird today, holding my own daughter captive on a shit-laden perch."

If it weren’t for her setting me free, I may still be a caged bird today, holding my own daughter captive on a shit-laden perch.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "This thing I am feeling, I’m almost certain, is the closest I’ll ever come to standing somewhere in between truth and reconciliation."

This thing I am feeling, I’m almost certain, is the closest I’ll ever come to standing somewhere in between truth and reconciliation.




Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation."

Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "If Aphrodite chills at home in Cyprus for most of the year, then Fez must be the goddess’s playground."

If Aphrodite chills at home in Cyprus for most of the year, then Fez must be the goddess’s playground.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "This is what I know about my parents. They spent the next several years trying to forget each other, and me."

This is what I know about my parents. They spent the next several years trying to forget each other, and me.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "For some, excavating the past isn’t an adventure, it’s more akin to tearing a Band-Aid off an open wound."

For some, excavating the past isn’t an adventure, it’s more akin to tearing a Band-Aid off an open wound.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "I think Dad wanted to feel the pain, to feel his body cry, an urgent reminder that he was still alive. I pretended not to notice."

I think Dad wanted to feel the pain, to feel his body cry, an urgent reminder that he was still alive. I pretended not to notice.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "The truth is usually left for us to hunt and gather independently, if we are so inclined."

The truth is usually left for us to hunt and gather independently, if we are so inclined.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Sometimes opposites attract, or so they say, but Paloma and Rocío were like arroz and mangú: they didn’t really mix well."

Sometimes opposites attract, or so they say, but Paloma and Rocío were like arroz and mangú: they didn’t really mix well.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "I guess it all depends on whom you ask and when you ask. Race, I've learned, is in the eye of the beholder."

I guess it all depends on whom you ask and when you ask. Race, I've learned, is in the eye of the beholder.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "When we illuminate the road back to our ancestors, they have a way of reaching out, of manifesting themselves...sometimes even physically."

When we illuminate the road back to our ancestors, they have a way of reaching out, of manifesting themselves...sometimes even physically.




Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Shakespeare had it right all along: Love will kill you in the end."

Shakespeare had it right all along: Love will kill you in the end.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Perhaps finding out that we carry New World history in our genes will transcend racial checkboxes altogether and enable Latino-Americans to rethink what America is supposed to look like."

Perhaps finding out that we carry New World history in our genes will transcend racial checkboxes altogether and enable Latino-Americans to rethink what America is supposed to look like.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "...being Latino means being from everywhere, and that is exactly what America is supposed to be about."

...being Latino means being from everywhere, and that is exactly what America is supposed to be about.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Foisting an identity on people rather than allowing them the freedom and space to create their own is shady."

Foisting an identity on people rather than allowing them the freedom and space to create their own is shady.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "The tension between people is palpable, and the ideal of what it means to be and look American becomes a preoccupation to folks around the country, including me."

The tension between people is palpable, and the ideal of what it means to be and look American becomes a preoccupation to folks around the country, including me.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Are Latino-Americans white? Black? Other? Illegal aliens from Mars? Or are we the very face of America?"

Are Latino-Americans white? Black? Other? Illegal aliens from Mars? Or are we the very face of America?



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "The hospital room was as cold as dead skin, the hallway crowded with lost souls and reeking of illness."

The hospital room was as cold as dead skin, the hallway crowded with lost souls and reeking of illness.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "I have never bought into the idea that blood is thicker than water. Love and respect are meant to be earned from our children, our spouses, our families, and our friends."

I have never bought into the idea that blood is thicker than water. Love and respect are meant to be earned from our children, our spouses, our families, and our friends.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "I wish she’d said something different, but patriarchy is as prevalent around the world as racism and xenophobia are. We can’t hide from it, not even here."

I wish she’d said something different, but patriarchy is as prevalent around the world as racism and xenophobia are. We can’t hide from it, not even here.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Globalization by the way of McDonald’s and KFC has captured the hearts, the minds, and from what I can see through the window, the growing bellies of the folks here."

Globalization by the way of McDonald’s and KFC has captured the hearts, the minds, and from what I can see through the window, the growing bellies of the folks here.



Raquel Cepeda, Bird Of Paradise: How I Became Latina Quotes: "Paradise is a state of being, more than just the name of a suburb or a home."

Paradise is a state of being, more than just the name of a suburb or a home.