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The origin, importance and criticism of Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, often seen as an occasion to celebrate the life, culture and contributions of the 62.1 million Hispanics in the United States.

The month is celebrated until October 15 and recognizes Hispanic leaders and historic moments. Some take the opportunity to highlight discrimination against Hispanics while others celebrate their ancestors.

For as long as he can remember, Joel Camacho ended every September 15 by eating pozole and remembering life in Mexico with his family. The month marks a time for Camacho and his family to celebrate their culture.

However, for others, Hispanic Heritage Month erases their identity. Fernanda He was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but his parents immigrated from China. He said the label “Hispanic” did not fully describe or accept her.

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