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#WhatLatinoMeansToMe: This Is How Latinos In America Actually Identify

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Sept. 15 and this is how dozens of Latinos across the country self-identify and answer the question: #WhatLatinoMeansToMe.

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This Hispanic Heritage Month, instead of tired attempts to lump together such a diverse community from many different backgrounds, we thought it would be great to see Latinos across the country self-identify, let us know where they come from and what their culture means to them.

1. Chloe Santos, Puerto Rican, 10, Harlem, NY.

"I am a New Yorker. Latino means friends and family." <3
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"I am a New Yorker. Latino means friends and family." <3

2. Julio Salgado, Mexicano, Berkeley, California.

&quot;My culture is not for your entertainment.&quot;
Julio Salgado

"My culture is not for your entertainment."

3. Rosario Dawson in San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;I am an earthling. That means culture, experience, diversity, uniqueness, possibility! We are all one beautiful family!&quot;
Jessica Reeves/Voto Latino

"I am an earthling. That means culture, experience, diversity, uniqueness, possibility! We are all one beautiful family!"

4. Eugenio Herrera, 46, Mexicano, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Soy de origen Mexicano. Ser Latino es un ORGULLO. Compartimos una hermandad con una cultura muy rica.&quot;&quot;I am of Mexican origin. I&#x27;m proud to be Latino. We share a brotherhood with a very rich culture.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Soy de origen Mexicano. Ser Latino es un ORGULLO. Compartimos una hermandad con una cultura muy rica."

"I am of Mexican origin. I'm proud to be Latino. We share a brotherhood with a very rich culture."

5. Edith Valle, 20, Mexican-American, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;My culture is not just mustaches and sobreros. I am more than that.
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"My culture is not just mustaches and sobreros. I am more than that.

6. Micah Singleton, Knoxville, Tennessee.

&quot;I am black and Cuban. My culture if faith, family, and hard work.&quot;
Micah Singleton

"I am black and Cuban. My culture if faith, family, and hard work."

7. Leo, Brazilan/ Ecuadorian, Los Angeles.

&quot;Latino means...identity crisis.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Latino means...identity crisis."

8. Jessica, Mexican, Los Angeles.

Beautiful
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

Beautiful

9. Genesis Rodriguez, Cuban/Venezuelan, Miami, Florida.

&quot;It means I&#x27;m lighter in the winter and darker in the summer. It means we can speak really fast.&quot;
Jessica Lima/BuzzFeed

"It means I'm lighter in the winter and darker in the summer. It means we can speak really fast."

10. Porfiria Suarez, Mexicana, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Being part of a group that speaks Spanish.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Being part of a group that speaks Spanish."

11. Kimberly Ibarra, 19, Mexican, Laredo, Texas.

&quot;The border is my backyard and the community that inspires me.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"The border is my backyard and the community that inspires me."

12. Gina Rodriguez, Puerto Rican, Los Angeles.

&quot;My culture is love, respect and forgiveness.&quot;
Gina Rodriguez

"My culture is love, respect and forgiveness."

13. Sara Ines-Calderon, Austin, Texas.

My culture is dreams + love + hard work.&quot;
Sara Ines-Calderon

My culture is dreams + love + hard work."

14. Sandra Garcia, Dominicana, New York City.

&quot;My culture is Merengue, Sancocho, familia, dedication, salsa y sazón!&quot;
Sandra Garcia

"My culture is Merengue, Sancocho, familia, dedication, salsa y sazón!"

15. Denise Moreno, 22, Mexican, Houston, Texas.

&quot;So...I&#x27;m awesome. My culture tells me I can do everything! #SiSePuede&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"So...I'm awesome. My culture tells me I can do everything! #SiSePuede"

16. J. Balvin, Colombian, New York City.

&quot;Latino means to me la família.&quot;
Jessica Lima/BuzzFeed

"Latino means to me la família."

17. Katrina Arsola, 24, Chicana, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;My culture is split — Mexican blood and American traditions.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"My culture is split — Mexican blood and American traditions."

18. Kelly, Salvadoran, Los Angeles.

&quot;Struggle&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Struggle"

19. Maria, Guatemalan/Mayan, Los Angeles.

&quot;Being a Latina means to be unique, it is awesome.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Being a Latina means to be unique, it is awesome."

20. Viannca Velez, 26, Puerto Rican/Latina, New Jersey.

&quot;Latina, with Taíno blood + African raices + a plethora of other cultures all wrapped up as me.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Latina, with Taíno blood + African raices + a plethora of other cultures all wrapped up as me."

21. Julian Alcazar, Latino/Mexican, Washington D.C.

&quot;I am Latino. I am Mexican. I am the son of immigrants. I am living the American Dream.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"I am Latino. I am Mexican. I am the son of immigrants. I am living the American Dream."

22. Kim, Mexican/Puerto-Rican, Los Angeles.

&quot;Hardworking, perseverance.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Hardworking, perseverance."

23. Diane, Guatemalan, Los Angeles.

&quot;Chapin! Sassy. Noble!&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Chapin! Sassy. Noble!"

24. Maria Rubio, 27, Salvadoran, Harlem, NY.

&quot;For me it&#x27;s an immense pride being Salavadoran. I love my country and I love being part of the Latino family. I love the food, the culture, it all makes me proud of my race.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"For me it's an immense pride being Salavadoran. I love my country and I love being part of the Latino family. I love the food, the culture, it all makes me proud of my race."

25. Abigail, Mexican, Los Angeles.

&quot;Strong and independent =D&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Strong and independent =D"

26. Ryan Ibarra, 24, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;I may not speak Spanish but my values, my passion and who I am has stemmed from my HERITAGE.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"I may not speak Spanish but my values, my passion and who I am has stemmed from my HERITAGE."

27. Cynthia Amaya, 22, Mexican-American, El Paso, Texas.

&quot;My culture means being resilient.&quot;
Cynthia Amaya

"My culture means being resilient."

28. Maty Herrera, 46, Mexicana, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Proudly a Latina. It&#x27;s a culture with very important values.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Proudly a Latina. It's a culture with very important values."

29. Ana Cardona, 20, Chicana/Mexicana, Texas A&M University.

&quot;My culture is Tejano music, Vicente Fernandez, multifaceted and BEAUTIFUL.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"My culture is Tejano music, Vicente Fernandez, multifaceted and BEAUTIFUL."

30. Gabriel Caro, Puerto Rican, Massachusetts.

&quot;My culture is rich, beautiful, nuanced and vibrant. Like me. :)&quot;
Gabriel Caro

"My culture is rich, beautiful, nuanced and vibrant. Like me. :)"

31. Franceska Medina, 21, Boricua, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Latino means to me different and happy people who are happy with themselves in and out. No matter how different we are in looks or color.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Latino means to me different and happy people who are happy with themselves in and out. No matter how different we are in looks or color."

32. Caroline Arroyo, 24, Latina/Puerto Rican & Colombian, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;My culture is not a &#x27;flavor of the week&#x27; it&#x27;s my everyday.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"My culture is not a 'flavor of the week' it's my everyday."

33. Sylvia Guevara, 21, Chicana, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;Not from here, or from there, because I&#x27;m Chicana.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Not from here, or from there, because I'm Chicana."

34. Christian, Mexican, Los Angeles.

&quot;Hard working.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Hard working."

35. Juan Vazquez, 26, Colombiano/Latino, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;Soy Colombiano, Latino and so much more.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Soy Colombiano, Latino and so much more."

36. Maria Samaniego, Latina, Mexican, Panamanian, American.

&quot;Bilingual and proud!&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Bilingual and proud!"

37. Yolanda, Salvadoran, Los Angeles.

&quot;Very proud because Latinos came from hardworking background. I would never be ashamed of being Latino. That&#x27;s all.&quot; :)
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Very proud because Latinos came from hardworking background. I would never be ashamed of being Latino. That's all." :)

38. Adiel Polanco Tejada, 20, Dominicano, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Soy Dominicano. Ser Latino es un orgullo por que son todos de un mismo sentir.&quot;I&#x27;m Dominican. I&#x27;m proud to be Latino because we are of the same mind.
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Soy Dominicano. Ser Latino es un orgullo por que son todos de un mismo sentir."

I'm Dominican. I'm proud to be Latino because we are of the same mind.

39. Emilio Rizzo, 61, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Latino means I speak Spanish.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Latino means I speak Spanish."

40. Jesus, Mexican, Los Angeles.

&quot;My roots&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"My roots"

41. Angel, Mexican, Los Angeles.

&quot;Loyalty, pride, honest.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Loyalty, pride, honest."

42. Michelle Hernandez, 32, Hispanic, San Antonio.

&quot;It means I need to help my children be the best they can be and represent us well.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"It means I need to help my children be the best they can be and represent us well."

43. Migna Rodriguez, Nuyorican, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Latino means we are united.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Latino means we are united."

44. Johana Carrizales, 20, St. Edwards University.

&quot;My culture is elotes, Spanglish and education.
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"My culture is elotes, Spanglish and education.

45. Krystalee Torrens, 19, Boricua, Harlem, NY.

&quot;I&#x27;m Puerto Rican, I&#x27;m proud.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"I'm Puerto Rican, I'm proud."

46. Jonathan, Mexican, Los Angeles.

&quot;Sticking together.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Sticking together."

47. Margarita Ayala, 64, Mexicana, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Being Latino means giving a lot of importance to family and hard work.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Being Latino means giving a lot of importance to family and hard work."

48. Crystal DeLeon, 19, Spanish, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;I am Spanish. Not all Latinas are from Mexico.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"I am Spanish. Not all Latinas are from Mexico."

49. Oscar Santos, 39, Puerto Rican, Harlem, NY.

&quot;I am from New York &amp; the Bronx. Latino means família.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"I am from New York & the Bronx. Latino means família."

50. Josie Gutierrez, 46, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;Corazón, comida, musica, família.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Corazón, comida, musica, família."

51. Alex, Mexican, Los Angeles.

&quot;Raza. Unity.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Raza. Unity."

52. Mariana Zamora, 19, Latina, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;I may be loud but I speak out.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"I may be loud but I speak out."

53. Rodrigo, Salvadoran, Los Angeles.

&quot;Flavor, soccer, pride.&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Flavor, soccer, pride."

54. Andrea Madeleine Medina, 21, Mexican-American from San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;I am Mexican-American. My culture influences my art &amp; my sense of humor.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"I am Mexican-American. My culture influences my art & my sense of humor."

55. Ivette Davila-Richards, Puerto Rican, New York City.

&quot;I am Puerto Rican! As a Hispanic I embrace my Spanish language; culture; music; history and its cuisine. By Honoring it daily, I let others know about it. If I succeed, so do they!&quot;
Ivette Davila-Richards

"I am Puerto Rican! As a Hispanic I embrace my Spanish language; culture; music; history and its cuisine. By Honoring it daily, I let others know about it. If I succeed, so do they!"

56. Priscilla Gonzalez, 26, Dominican/Puerto Rican/New Yorker, Harlem, NY.

&quot;Latino: Someone of Hispanic descent.&quot;
Julia Furlan / BuzzFeed

"Latino: Someone of Hispanic descent."

57. Karina Saucedo, 20, Mexican-American, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;Family&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Family"

58. Daniel, Mexican/ Argentine, Los Angeles.

&quot;Passionate&quot;
Macey J. Foronda/ BuzzFeed

"Passionate"

59. Alana Zamora, 19, Hispanic, San Antonio, Texas.

&quot;My culture has helped me discover who I am.&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"My culture has helped me discover who I am."

60. I'm Jose Luis Maldonado, Puerto Rican, from Connecticut.

&quot;Being Boricua is having a strong sense of pride. In culture always follow your DREAMS!!!&quot;
Adrian Carrasquillo/BuzzFeed

"Being Boricua is having a strong sense of pride. In culture always follow your DREAMS!!!"

61. Gustavo Arellano, Latino/Chicano/Mexican-American, Orange County, California.

Gustavo's full comment.

Gustavo Arellano

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