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Shaira VargasSeptember 12, 2018SPRK 001 18Ms. Anna MonovichMy California Story By: Shaira VargasMy California story starts off in 1980 when my mom first stepped foot in American soil. She was ten at the time and traveled from Mexico City, to the United States with her mother and sister. My grandfather had gotten here earlier in search of a job, and when he was finally established, he decided to bring the family along. My family, like many, came in search of better opportunities and wanted to avoid the injustices of a corrupt government. They decided to settle in Shafter, a small-town west ofBakersfield. When they first arrived, they hadn’t much money, so they lived in the rural part of town, a place known as “The Mexican Colony”. It appears, they had just arrived here in the “Land of Opportunity” and right away, they fell into the trap that is segregation.It wasn’t until I was born that my mom decided to move back to Mexico. I spent my early years there until my mom decided to bring me to school here. I remember crying because I didn’t want to leave my cousins and family I had gotten close to.My mom was patriotic to an immense level, so growing up she influenced me to be very big when it came to acknowledge our culture and traditions. This meant celebrating every Día de Muertos, El Día de Los Reyes, and El 16 de Septiembre. I

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Anna Moncovich
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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