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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.

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

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"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."

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

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"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."

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

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"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."

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

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"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.

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

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"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!"

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