Taco Stand

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

 My grandmother migrated from Mexico to this country in the 1980s. In Mexico she operated a taco stand alongside her children. Due to certain economic circumstances the business began to slow down and my grandma began to search for different alternatives to provide for her family. After selling her taco business she decided that moving north to America was the best option and it would give her children the best opportunity for them to succeed. The economic conditions and lack of jobs pushed my family into this country. They came here with nothing and began working low paying jobs. As they began making money, they started up their food business again. The business saw rapid growth and my family was able to adjust and live a better quality of life. Growing up eating the native dishes of my family’s country would always bring memories of when I would visit Mexico. Their drive and ambition was instilled into me since birth. My grandmas business intuitions drove me to become a business major and have helped me a lot throughout my time at the Mihaylo College of Business.  I am a second generation American and my grandmas recipes still continue to be transmitted to us over the years. Every time my mother prepares a native dish it helps bring back the traditions of my family and their home country. The food helps me identify back to my culture and helps convey my family’s past and how their upbringing was like. 

Place(s): Mexico
Year: 1980

– Cesar

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