Once I Was You also reveals the extent to which the U.S. has imported and quickly exiled a labor force. It wasn't just one weird immigration agent. Am I American? The love birds were blessed with their first child as a son, Raúl Ariel Jesus de Todos Los Santos Perez-Hinojosa, in 1996. Other recognition includes Then the September 11, 2001 attacks happened—and suddenly, Lalami’s status was conditional. It’s not political. So, I hope other women will feel like they can come to terms with this, do the work and know, as my therapist told me — and it was such a liberating moment — when she said, “You had every right to be hot for that young man because that’s what 16 years old looks like, he was a predator but no more of this, ‘Oh, but I got in the car with him and I went out there with so I’m responsible.’ No, you should feel proud of your sexual self.”. He knew that he was going to assault me and that’s not what I wanted. They had one son: Jose Antonio Vela. That's when she says to me, “It could have been me.”, I'm like, “Mom, what are you talking about?”, And she's like, “I could have been one of those mothers whose children was taken away.”, And I was like, “Ma, pero, ma—de que hablas? PA: You also open up about being raped at the age of 16. That immigration agent at the airport was checking my body. MH: This is a story that I’ve been following for over two decades: the story of the Latino vote. There was a policy, actually up through 1964 in the state of Texas, a policy to search over Mexican bodies to make sure that we were not bringing in sickness and illness. But for example, my husband also identifies as Black. The First 'Bridgerton' Teaser Trailer Is Here! MH: I didn't really, I didn't call it a rape. Though they’re both bicultural and bilingual, Hinojosa started to absorb U.S. culture and ideals from a very early age—they were never not part of her upbringing, even if she questioned them as she got older. Born in Mexico City, Hinojosa grew up in Chicago and moved to New York City to attend Barnard College. María married Unknown. 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I Once Was You: A Memoir Of Love And Hate In A Torn America, Conditional Citizens: On Belonging In America. What Happens Next in the Presidential Election? In the first chapter of Once I Was You: A Memoir Of Love And Hate, Futuro Media founder and award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa recalls immigrating to the U.S. as a young child—so young, in fact, that she was still regularly in her mother’s arms, clinging to her like “chicle.” The year was 1962, and the Hinojosa family was relocating to Chicago. I remember Sandra realizing it on her own at that moment. Despite her exceptional work, many people still only saw her immigrant status. In writing about these often glossed over history lessons and narratives, what actions do you hope your book inspires your readers to take, especially as we approach the upcoming election? That didn’t prevent her former colleagues from insisting that she had an “agenda,” that her investigative work was biased—as if the “objectivity” that’s reinforced the white, middle-class (and mostly male) status quo in journalism has fostered anything but bias. I help make sense of today’s tumultuous media landscape. But the rape that we spoke about was women being raped by a stranger in the alley. What would have happened if, rather than sending the message that “immigrants are problematic” or “immigrants are not worthy and are stealing our jobs,” Forbes had published a headline like “Salvadoran immigrants are coming to the United States. In 2007, she was inducted into the "She Made It" Hall of Fame at the Paley Center for Media/Museum of Television and Radio. That’s what we’re doing because it’s not going to happen like, “Poof! Hinojosa has worked for international new companies like CBS, NPR, and CNN. PA: You begin Once I Was You with the story of being nearly separated from your mother by an immigration agent when your family was coming to the U.S. in 1962 and you end the memoir writing about a woman Noemi and her young son, Bobby, who escaped abuse in their home country. In 2012, she was named DePaul University's new Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair. The show was centered towards the Latino community, in fact, it was one of the first radio programs in the USA for the Latino community. the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Radio Award, the New York Society of They are all part of a continuum. María passed away on month day 1799, at age 30 at death place. This is a particular horror that we’re living through right now. Two new memoirs released this month quickly and eloquently prove otherwise. We’re the second largest voting bloc, besides white America. She currently lives in Harlem with her husband, the Dominican painter German Pérez, and their adult son and daughter. We all had our green cards. During her career, she has worked for news networks like CBS, CNN, etc. I’m hoping that a lot of white male journalists read Once I Was You so that they can understand what it is to see the world from our eyes and that it’s just as legitimate. I mean, Sandra Cisneros read the first chapter while I was writing but the first person who actually read it was Raul and his message to me was, “Thank you for telling me your story, that’s great. There have been no rumors of the couple separating shortly. We were meeting my dad, who was already in Chicago, and we were flying. The family of three was living a happy life. You don’t realize how deeply they have left an imprint in the sense of trauma. It would be nice if the parties owned up to their responsibility in this conversation. AS: Uh huh. My father was a medical doctor, recruited by the University of Chicago. Was it intentional to begin and end the book in this way? She was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and is a Mexican by nationality. Now, I understand why I do this work. The introduction and the last chapter were written at the very, very end of the process and those were the most difficult chapters for me to write. PA: Many of the anti-immigrant policies that you discuss in the book have, in some ways, felt a lot more thrown in our faces during the last four years even though they’ve been going on way before that. MARIA HINOJOSA: This is a very intense time for me, so I’m just kind of taking it one day at a time and consciously trying to enjoy every moment because not every month is a book release month. It wasn't like, “Oh my god, I'm the first Latina.” I got that I wasn't going to blend in. Even though a lot of what I write about in the book and even though the moment that we’re living in … for one, the week that my book is released, is the week that the story breaks about women just like me — in the sense that they were not born in this country — are having their uterus’ removed. What happened to the Republican party that its entire platform has become an anti-immigrant, anti-Latino platform? I didn’t realize when I was 16 that I had been raped. They had a daughter, María Yurema Guadalupe de Los Indios Perez-Hinojosa, on May 5, 1998. The special inspired the publication of a photo book, The Latino List/La Lista De Latinos, co-authored by Hinojosa that includes transcriptions of their interviews. We live in a consumer society. I did not know how fully I understood that, in fact, Noemi and my mother were the same women. They had been dating for some time before exchanging their wedding vows. “It had to have been a mistake,” she writes. Hinojosa talks to Shondaland about her new book, U.S. immigration policy, and the importance of the Latinx vote. I know it's hard because we’ve all been raised under this. José María Hinojosa Lasarte (1904-1936) was a Spanish writer and political militant. Maria Hinojosa is married to German Perez. I’m trying to approach every day with joy, stamina, and happiness. Maria is very much supportive of her children. MH: I did not know that I was going to finish writing about Noemi, that she would be part of the conclusion. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club, the Sidney Hillman Prize, Join Facebook to connect with Maria Hinojosa and others you may know. She is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, a public radio show devoted to Latino issues. So my daughter identifies as Afro-Latina, while not necessarily presenting that way, which some who might not know any better might have an issue with. They had one daughter: Maria Lugarda Vela. Once I was writing about it, once I sat down … that’s when it poured out of me and I thought, “Oh my god, es que Noemi is my mother, that is what my mother did.” She screamed back. They had one son: Valentin Vela Hinojosa. Listen to the full episode of The Revolución Podcast featuring Maria Hinojosa on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, iHeartMedia, Spotify or by clicking here. In 2009, she was honored with an American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Award for Individual Achievement. The thought of not being able to be with people and have them talk to me about how they feel about the book in person has been sad but I don’t miss being in airports, in planes, in lonely hotels after the signings. Maria Hinojosa is on Facebook. This anti-immigrant sentiment has been building up throughout our lifetime and it rests on the shoulders of anti-Indigneous hatred and anti-Black hatred. This is so hard, but we’re going to be here tomorrow again.” On overcoming imposter syndrome: “I talk about imposter syndrome being my little companion that was always here, always with me. Lalami had her own experiences with passing, albeit ones rooted in class: Her command of the French language granted her access in her hometown of Rabat, Morocco that her working-class parents never had. Hinojosa’s son is an adult but her daughter is still young. One of the things we have to recognize is that, in our lifetime, the brand “immigrants” has been destroyed. VIAC I had a rash. Net Worth and Earnings . I want to make people feel a little bit uncomfortable. Indeed, the history of anti-immigrant legislation is nearly as old as immigration: The Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited Chinese laborers from immigrating to the U.S., but only after the Angell Treaty of 1880 first suspended Chinese immigration.