Everyone in the world is classified as some kind of race, whether they choose to embody it or not. This especially applies in the United States, where racial diversity surrounds our daily lives. I’d like to think of my racial identity as more than just a first-glance judgment. I’m Indian, or South Asian, but I feel as though my individuality is defined as more than just one region and type of culture. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I spent more than a third of my life in Mexico City. My race does not show my three strong cultural bonds or the identity that they create.
In terms of having connections with Mexican culture, my experience of living in Mexico, where the majority of people come from a Latino background, made my own ethnicity a rare presence. My family is Indian, so I have the opportunity of experiencing Indian religion and beliefs. I have learned to embrace my culture while also being open to new ones.
Having an Indian racial identity doesn’t mean I am obliged to follow only that culture; it means that I am capable of being enlightened by the lifestyles that come with India.