Two worlds, two cultures united

PHOENIX – Some U.S. residents with Latin American roots have nuanced views about their identity, ethnicity and culture. They may describe themselves as Latino, while others prefer Hispanic, Chicano or Latinx.

Although they might not agree on a term, something binds them in a special way: Spanish and English.

In the United States, centuries of immigration and culturalization have generated a fusion of cultures from different Spanish-speaking countries. Although they are united by the same languages, there are variations in words, customs and idiosyncrasies. This fusion of cultures is reflected in the visual arts, music, movies, literature, fashion and food.

Cronkite Noticias reporter Karina Espinoza spoke to four metro Phoenix artists about how they view this fusion of cultures. Here is her bilingual report.

Karina Espinoza

News Reporter, Phoenix

Karina Espinoza is an Arizona native who expects to graduate in May 2021 with her master’s degree in mass communication. Espinoza has primarily worked as a broadcast reporter for Cronkite Noticias and currently works for Telemundo Arizona as an assignment desk editor. She also has interned at Univision Arizona.

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