random facts, two... edited 10.1.04
10.26.03 // 2:14 a.m.

La chica
Name: Cindy (I also go by Cindylu)
Ethnicity: Chicana, parents are from México
Age: 24
Birthday: August 31, 1980
Signs: Virgo, Monkey
Speaks: English and Spanish (first language) fluently, trying to learn some Nahuatl
Talents: I can play the trombone, write pretty well, sing and even dance some!

Lo bueno
So this is where I toot my own horn... I shouldn't, but let's just say that I really love to learn and help people. Oh yeah, and I have a good memory.

Lo malo
I hold petty grudges, am sometimes late, procrastinate, and often don't tell the whole truth.

La familia
Immediate: Mom (47), Dad (51), Danny (25), Lori (20), and Adrian (19)
Extended: lots of people! On my mom and dad's sides combined I have over a 100 grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins' spouses, cousins' kids. We are a Mexican family.

La ciudad
September 2000-present: Los Angeles (Palms area)
August 1998-June 2000: Los Angeles (Westwood)
1980-1998: Hacienda Heights, suburb of LA County

La educación
School: UCLA ('98-'02)
Undergrad: BA in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies with a minor in Spanish
Grad: Just started a PhD program in Higher Education and Organizational Change

El trabajo
Position: I used to run a retention program and work counseling all kinds of wonderful students and supervising a staff of about a dozen crazy students. I did that for two years and stopped in July '04. Now, I work part time as a graduate student researcher (GSR) for a well known research institute in the department of education.

Los sueños
Plans: I want to live in Guanajuato while I'm young and don't have too many things holding me down, I want to earn my PhD and go on to gain a position where I can change stuff. Essentially, I want to ensure that more students of color are graduating college and going back to help their respective communities.

Las pasiones
Social justice: especially regarding access to education (such as affirmative action) and retention for Chicanas/os and other people of color.
Human rights: not just civil rights. In terms of this, I am big on the rights of immigrants in this country, especially those that people call "illegal." I don't really understand how a human being can be illegal.
History: learning my people's history, hence the Chicana/o Studies major. I also like to dig farther back and learn about my native ancestors.
Exploring: Writing and music.
Traveling: the 2003 Big City Tour ended last year, but I've got a lot of tales about my trip to Mexico.
God and my family: these are my first priorities above everything else (even though sometimes I don't have them right).

El diario
Citlalli31 means: star in Nahuatl, 31 is my favorite number
Why an online journal? I like to write. I like people reading what I have to write. I like to write quickly. I don't like getting hand cramps.
What do I write about? Me and anything important to me which ranges from family and friends to politics and current affairs.
Why Lotería Chicana? lotería is the Mexican version of bingo, but it's better. There are 54 cards with different images of people, plants, animals, and objects. It's all a mix, just like this journal. You never know what you're going to get. One day, I can pick out a card with El Músico (musician) on it and write about the latest concert I attended. The next, it could be El Mundo (world) and I'll be discussing my travels. The Chicana is part of it because that's who I am. Oh yeah, and I stole it from the title one of my favorite books.

Las diversiones
Non-fiction: "Drink Cultura: Chicanismo" and "Lotería Chicana: Spilling the Beans" both by José Antonio Burciaga (rip)
Novels: "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez, "Caramelo" by Sandra Cisneros
Short stories: "Woman Hollering Creek" by Sandra Cisneros
Poetry: stuff by Sandra Cisneros, Pablo Neruda, and Langston Hughes among others

Rock en español: Café Tacvba, Maldita Vecindad, El Gran Silencio, Caifanes/Jaguares, King Changó, Aterciopelados, Julieta Venegas
Rancheras: Juan Gabriel, Vicente Fernández, mariachis
Norteña/Banda: Los Tigres del Norte
Cumbias: La Sonora Dinamita
Salsa: Afro-Cuban All-Stars
Hip-hop: The Roots, Talib Kweli, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Ozomatli, Dilated Peoples, Blackalicious
R&B: Res, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Bilal, Prince, Jaguar Wright, Maxwell
Reggae: Bob Marley & the Wailers
'80s Stuff: The Cure, Depeche Mode, the Smiths/Morrissey
Rock: the Velvet Teen, Los Lobos, the Smashing Pumpkins, Sublime, Weezer, The Beatles, Santana, Ritchie Valens, The Postal Service
Jazz: Billie Holiday, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader
All time favorite album: "Re" by Café Tacvba. I even wrote a paper on this album that I'd be more than happy to share with anyone else as obsessed with these chilangos as I am.

Film & TV
Film: The Shawshank Redemption, Amores Perros, Toy Story, Finding Forrester, The Breakfast Club, The Sandlot, High Fidelity, Empire Records, Real Women Have Curves, Rabbit Proof Fence
TV: Gilmore Girls, Jeopardy!, The Practice, Smallville, Law and Order: SVU

The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

Lo insoportable
Can't Stand: Racism, sexism, homophobia and classism (don't you just love those "isms")
Labels: please don't call me Hispanic, I don't even like Latin or Latina. Call me Chicana, it's that simple.

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