Immigrant Mothers & First-Generation Daughters


Karelys, 24, says that her mother was terrified that she and her brothers would lose their “Mexican-ness.” She remembers she was berated for getting home late after hanging out with her church friends though she and her friends never drank or did anything inappropriate while her brothers were allowed to sleep over at their girlfriends’ houses. She and her mother used to have screaming matches as a result of their disagreements.

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