by Tania Leskovar-Owens
On this final day of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, I wanted to share a few words about what Hispanic Heritage Month means to me and my family.
I am originally from Argentina and while I have been living in the states for over 35 years, I continue to celebrate my culture in my daily life. It’s a time when my family and I reflect on our place of birth and our journey we took to arrive to the US. We share stories of landing at the Los Angeles airport while my then 10 year old brother translated for my mom (my dad had already moved a few months prior to start his masters). We talk about how my mom would stop us at the front door to remind us that she wanted us to only speak Spanish in the house and to this day we still do that! We take part in eating many of the culinary traditions from Argentina – including some of my favorites – empanadas, churros, dulce de leche, tartas, pastel de papa and of course Sunday asados.
JLA President on Instagram
Tania is the 2021-22 JLA President. To see more of her photos, and tag along in some of her JLA adventures, follow her on Instagram at jlaustin_president.