How Arepas Became A Big Factor

Relationship: Im/migrant
Venezuelan Arepas
Venezuelan Arepas

My mom, Wilemis Harwood, was born in Caracas, Venezuela. A very dangerous place and is currently one of the worst places to live. She was born in the center of the capital so there was always crime going on. When she was 19 years old, everything changed for her, she met my dad, a young musician that was playing music with her brother. They ended up falling in love and my mom decided that she was going to start a new life in California. She lived in the US for about two years before she married my dad. When I was born in 2003, my mom introduced me to arepas. Arepa is the most popular food in Venezuela, they eat it every single morning and sometimes for dinner. This is a very special food because it means so much to our family. My mom makes this for me every morning before school. We love to put cheese and ham in it, we also put shredded beef, turkey, butter, and eggs. Another form of arepa that is really special is fried arepa, it's really crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. 

Place(s): Caracas and California
Year: 1995

– MH

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