If there's one thing everyone should know about Hispanics in the United States, it's that this rapidly growing minority has an undefined identity crisis.
Why? Because of the confusion surrounding what to call people whose ethnic background is from Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries. Some even feel 100% American or 100% Latino -- or Hispanic, depending to whom you're talking.
As a non-sports aficionado, my attraction to game day festivities has been solely food focused. So naturally, I noticed how potato chips have taken less and less space on the snack table to make room for tortilla chips and guacamole.
Although potato chips continue to be the top-selling salted snack in terms of pounds sold, tortilla chips have been increasing in sales at a faster pace than potato chips, especially during this time of year, according to Tom Dempsey, CEO of the Snack Food Association.
And, it's not just tortilla chips selling at such high rates either.
Being Peruvian is something kind of, well, insanely special. First, there aren't many of us in the United States, especially compared to the Mexican and Dominican population, only accounting for 1.2 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population as of 2013 according Pew Research Center. When I meet a fellow Perucho, I get all kinds of excited because we instantly share a bond that only Peruvians know. The funniest part is that when I tell my cousins back home about the lack of Peruvians in the States, they kindly remind me that Peru is just too awesome to leave so that's probably why not many have immigrated. Oh yeah, if you've ever met a Peruvian you know all too well how wildly proud we are to be Peruvian.
It's no secret that more and more people are speaking español in the United States, but what you probably didn't know is that in the future more of those Spanish speakers will not be Hispanic.
That's right -- as immigrant families become more established here, future generations will follow the pattern of previous immigrants from Europe and Asia and stop using their native language.
Raise your hand if you're forever translating documents...
I love my family, I really truly do. And, every single day I appreciate all the sacrifices they have made so that I can have a better life. But there are certain quirks about being a child of Latino parents that are super distinct to us and, at times, (Mami, te quiero!) can be kind of a struggle to deal with — mostly because we know no one else outside of a Latino home deals with them.