I know I was bagging on Junot Diaz's talk really because he didn't read any work. Sad. Anyway, he did make some great points, one of them being that often students of color keep one foot in the neighborhood and one foot at the university. It's like a psychological border mentality where you won't belong in either realm.
I thought about that long and hard because I think I was like that for a long time, even after I graduated. I missed home and tried to be as Chicana as possible.
Now, I am just myself. I enjoy being where I am and being who I am, which no, I haven't totally figured out, but I am not some identity construct or trying to be uber-barrio. Look, I'm a nerd, and I accept my quirkiness. That is something.
Anyway, here is more of my novel draft: The Harvest.
Be you. #Resist
Dr. Jesú Estrada,