Born fair-skinned in East LA, often called a ‘weta’, Violet Canales was exposed to exclusion, even within her own Latino community. Her father escaped the violence of El Salvador’s Civil War. Her mother is second generation Mexican-American. Even so, Violet found herself living in two different worlds and feeling “not good enough” for either of them.

Questioning her Latinadad, Violet aimed at successfully fitting into American culture. She has two degrees, a Masters and works in corporate America. And yet, she met the same barrier of non-acceptance.

Listening to Violet’s story will bring you to tears, empathizing with her story and rallying to create the comunidad that gets disrupted when questioning cultural identity. By the end of the episode, you will be laughing at the commonality that we all share and realize there are more of us here than we realize.

Violet Canales on Instagram, LinkedIn and her favorite cafecito place, La Manarca in Boyle Heights.

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Consuelo is a first gen Peruvian, structural engineer and mother who encourages women, especially women of color, to disregard conformity so their true personalities and talents will make this world a sassy musical rather than a monologue. Viva!

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Badass chica, 1st generation Peruvian, solo female who disregarded the patriarchy and forged into structural engineering... in stilettos, but really wanted to be a record album cover artist instead.

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