I am launching my blog – Southern Señora!
Latinos have been in the south for a long time – personally, I’ve been in Alabama since 1981, and I’ve seen the landscape change pretty dramatically in that time. There was a time when I could chit-chat in Spanish with my youngest sister at the local mall and no one would understand what we were saying. That’s definitely not the case anymore!
As the Hispanic community began expanding in the Birmingham region in the late 1990s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear Spanish being spoken more and more. And Latinos began exploring small business ownership and other entrepreneurial ventures. Translation businesses, Hispanic marketing firms, and Spanish-language newspapers and radio stations began popping up, just to name a few. More Mexican restaurants sprouted too and some restaurants had one standard menu for the general public, but would post a more traditional menu on the door for their Mexican clientele. I remember how excited my dad was about seeing “menudo” – a spicy traditional Mexican soup made from tripe – posted on the door of our favorite local restaurant bringing back memories of when grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Latinos are making tremendous contributions in Alabama, be it through business, art, culture, or non-profit work. Sharing their great work and stories is part of what I want this blog to be about. I’ve made some great friends over the past 15 years as a Hispanic community volunteer. I love being able to connect people and then watch what happens next!
I will also be sharing stories about my Mexican-American family – hence the title of this post! More details on this later but just to tease a little – my dad was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico of Mexican-American parents – my blonde-haired-green-eyed mom was born in Oneonta, Alabama – they met and married in Cambodia, and I was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Whew!!! See what I mean?
As other Hispanic or Multicultural related subjects and “odds and ends” pop up, I’ll share those too. And finally, I’ll be sharing a LOT of photographs! It’s been a hobby of mine for many years and I like to think I’ve been influenced by my father’s amateur photography. He was such a perfectionist and had quite an eye for composing a photograph. You’ll see some of his photos here too.
So let’s get this blog started…VAMONOS!