Concha

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
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My object, a concha, tells the story of my family's culture and my heritage. Conchas are consumed on many occasions. First, conchas are a type of pan dulce (sweet bread) that has been baked in Mexico due to the French influence on the bakeries during the Colonial period. They are called "conchas" because it is the Spanish word for shell and their shell-like pattern are commonly present. Now conchas can be found in most Mexican bakeries in the U.S.A. We also include them in our traditions that derive from Mexico. One of these holidays is Christmas, it is a time when the whole family gets together and we all dine together. At the end of it all we finish up with dessert and eat this bread. Another holiday that involves this sweet bread is the Day of The Dead, a Mexican holiday to remember and honor our deceased family by offering food, fruits, etc. Finally, conchas contribute to my heritage as well. This pastry is also eaten on nonholidays, while I am told about my family's past life in Mexico and about the amazing country that I can proudly say defines me. Conchas still and always will tell the story of my family and our Mexican based culture.

Place(s): Mexico, United States (NYC)

– Katherine Gonzalez

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant