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Discovering my mother’s homeland

Christopher Olvera
Christopher and his mother, Elizabeth Olvera, in front of their home in San Francisco.

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

Mexico is an unknown country to Christopher Olvera. But it’s also his mother’s place of origin, a homeland she left as a young girl and never returned. Now, a U.S. citizen, Elizabeth Olvera longs to visit Mexico to show her American-born children their ancestral roots. Mother and son sat down to talk about their shared Mexican heritage.

"I feel that going back to Mexico, something will click. I can't help but feel like I'm incomplete on this side of the border."

Crosscurrents Education