I am Dulce.
Not kidding, that is my name.
It might not be reflected on my personality, but it can be reflected on what I eat. Pretty much give me anything that's sweet--and that is not hard candy mint flavor or dried ginger--and I will eat it. From fruits, pastries, candies, and ice-creams: if they have sugar, they are edible.
Because of my name sometimes I am tempted to introduce myself by singing "El ritmo que traigo es azucar. Azucar pa ti!" (Kumbia Kings "Azuquitar"), but living in a predominantly English-speaking space, the chances that they will get my joke are pretty low.
Not being able to present myself as I want because of language barrier, makes me think about the difference between Dulce speaking Spanish and Dulce speaking English. Both are different people.
In Spanish I think faster. I am a better leader and allow myself to have longer conversations: I'm not afraid to talk. In Spanish, I feel at home and I am in a comfortable atmosphere.
In English, sometimes it takes so long to remember a word or to form a sentence that by the time I arrange my thoughts... my time to talk has passed.
But Dulce is Dulce. You might think of Dolce and Gabanna, the traditional dulce de leche, or just some foreign thing that happens to translate as "sweet" or "candy."
For these reasons, I feel that "Candy de Xocolate" is a proper name for my blog.
Candy is not only a translation of my name, but a reason of my name. My mom loves this "cartoon" (anime) call Candy Candy. It is pretty old. It was showed in Canal 5 back in Mexico. She liked the anime so much that she named me Dulce, translation of Candy because she did not wanted to sound to "Americanized." I thank her so much for not naming me Candy! Thanks to my mother's love for that "cartoon" I was introduced to anime. I LOVE anime with a passion--yeap, I am an Otaku.
Sometimes, when people ask me for my name, they ask me what kind of dulce am I. "Are you dulce de leche, fresa...?" I like to say that I am chocolate.
Chocolate is such an awesome thing.
Chocolate begins as cacao, a bitter food, not appealing. You have to work with it through various processeses in order to make it into those delicious chocolate bars. That is how I feel life is like. You sometimes have horrible challenges, but you have to work with them, be patient and dedicate yourself to solve the problem and then, at the end, you can get awesome results!
Chocolate is not only gives us a life lesson. It has a history of coming and being used by our Mexican ancestors. Chocolate is so present in Mexican culture that it was call el manjar de los Dioses!
Chocolate breaks some language barriers. If you read the word in English, Spanish, or Japanese, we all know what you are talking about. You might pronounce it chocolate, choklet, or chokolato... they all mean **chocolate**!
Plus, chocolate is brown, like me! I could have said that I am a dulce de leche, but I do not have fair skin... I am not pinkesh to be dulce de leche... I could have said I am dulce de caramelo... and I did thought like that.. but I couldn't find caramel as symbolically rich as chocolate. And yeah, that's why I am a dulce de chocolate.
Oh, why the "X"? Because among Xicanos, the "X" is so central to our identification with our indigenous roots. For instance, Jalisco was not "Jalisco," before it was called "Xalisco"--that is the original name until people decided that "J" was better... and thus, forgot about the indigenous root of a name--what a shame, names are so sacred as to be changed like that. I also like to identify with indigenous identity because, when living back in Mexico, I used to work in the fields and I had the honor to work with many indigenous people. Until now, I have never met anyone who knows such wise and interesting ideas as my community back in Mexico did. I still sometimes wonder how they knew so many things!
Now, you might be thinking, "well, you said this was a self description, not a biography," but I just thought this needed to be done in order to describe myself. I am someone who likes to conversate a lot. I tend to like to entertain people. I am proud of my roots. I am an Otaku, a slight obsession with Asian culture, especially Japan and South and North Korea. I am an artist. I am a singer. I am Mexican, Chicana, Latina, Tapatia. I am passionate about social change. I am a citizen of the world.