Episode 18 of the I Am Multicultural Podcast is the story of Ilene and Jorge, how they met and how they are raising their multicultural daughter to Love her mixed heritage, which includes their Jewish Russian Filipino, Puerto Rican + African American, Colombian and Mexican heritages.
We had a fascinating conversation about cultural identity and how it significantly shapes everything from personality to relationships, to communication styles, traditions to raising kids.
Ilene and Jorge visiting New York with their daughter. As someone who grew up hyper aware of her race, religion, ethnicity as a result of growing up in a bicultural, bilingual & dual religion household, Ilene learned to embrace and gravitate towards others who were different.
Ilene and Jorge met in New York and have been married for 7 years.
Ilene’s father is a 2nd generation Russian and Jewish and her mother is Filipino & Catholic. Jorge grew up in New York with parents who were Puerto Rican + African American, Colombian, Mexican and self-identifies as Afro-Latina.
Ilenee’s father is a 2nd generation Russian Jew and her mother is a Filipino & Catholic. Jorge is grew up in NY, Puerto Rican + African American, Colombian, Mexican.
Ilene and Jorge’s adorable baby girl Celina.
On the podcast, they share their experiences and advice about
- not looking Filipino or white enough
- as a kid, being mad fun of for being different and having “stinky ethnic food”
- How having Russian – Filipino parents who were unapologetically proud of their heritage impacted who she is
- Why she naturally gravitates to people who are different
- What it means to be Afro-Latina
- How understanding their love languages and families allowed them to better understand each other & their cultural upbringing
- What they want their little girl to know about her heritage & culture
- What they are teaching their little girl about embracing her “Other” multicultural heritage
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