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After various writings by Richard Rodriguez and Octavio Paz I have come across several realizations Who am I Should I be a part of a nation and a system that does not value me or should I be a part of a nation that does not acknowledge my existence The United States as a nation does not value me and Mxico does not even know that I exist These are difficult matters to discuss We are all in search of our own identity However some of us are placed in a situation that makes it very difficult and confusing to know or understand I have always asked myself Who am I I should put it in more crude words Where do I belong After this specific question is asked I begin to realize that I have problems coming up with a response My parents were born in Mxico and thus they are Mexican Sometimes I feel I belong here in the United States but other times I feel more attached to Mxico I am a Mexican-American However I feel that I am denying in some way my heritage and my culture by saying that I am I am denying my parents I say that Im Mexican because in a sense I am I am also an American I am a Mexican-American What do these terms put together imply They should imply that the person is Mexican and American The term Mexican-American is the very reason why I find myself confused about who I really am I need to search for my own identity which leads me to the purpose of this essay Rodriguez and Paz have discussed this particular problem of identity All three have different viewpoints Some of their ideas are similar but mostly contradictory especially in the case of Rodriguez and Paz As I was reading I was able to relate to what they had to say and in a much bigger
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