The previous incarnation of this blog resided on Blogger from 2007-2014, but after seven years it was time for a change. (You can still read it here.) I’m “not so” undercover these days, more comfortably expressing and participating in the various aspects of my culture. I recently learned to appreciate menudo and conjunto music, although I’m still uncertain about eating pig feet, my favorite food is sushi, and I prefer 1930s American swing music and lindy hopping.
In my old blog, I wrote about my discoveries of other “undercover” people and places off the beaten path. One of my taglines was “perhaps we’ll meet one day, where you least expect to find me.”
That all remains true, but now, I am also writing about more personal experiences that I don’t feel I need to continue hiding. My life has been somewhat of a mess, with a series of failed relationships, confusing career path, and growing levels of anxiety. (My biggest saviors have been writing and therapists, along with supportive family and friends.)
So, now perhaps we’ll meet, not where you least expect to find me, but through life experiences we might share, discovering that we may have more in common that you’d think.
Undercover Mexican Girl spent her childhood between Aguascalientes, Mexico and Los Angeles, California (specifically South El Monte, if you’re familiar with the San Gabriel Valley).
Her parents are from Mexico, so she has strong roots there, but she doesn’t completely identify with traditional Mexican culture. Yet, she doesn’t always connect with mainstream American culture either (whatever that is).
She’s been writing stories since elementary school, and at some point, she went to college and earned a BA in History from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University at San Marcos. She has lived in Austin, Texas since 1998.
She’s worked (for pay) as a violin shop manager, a film production assistant, a high school and college teacher, freelance writer and editor, in the non-profit world doing public relations, development, and fundraising, and in the start-up world doing social media and content marketing.
She’s also worked (for no pay) as an actor, filmmaker, violinist, decoupager, hack dog trainer, preacher and doer of sustainable living, gardener, and adventurer. She’s currently exploring the world of local politics at City Hall as a Constituent Liaison (and she loves it).
Undercover Mexican Girl hopes to make a positive impact in her community by using her creativity to help others. She dreams of a society where everyone has equal access to live a happy and healthy life.
Her favorite city is Berlin, Germany, she hates driving, her favorite color is red, her favorite foods are sushi and homemade menudo, her favorite music includes classical, very old-school conjunto, Irish/Cape Breton fiddle, 1980s punk rock, and 1930s swing and bing band, and she has too many favorite movies and books to list here.
You can read more of her writing on Latino Magazine, LatinoMetro Popular Hispanics, and the Austin Post. She also has a monthly column in the print version of TODO Austin, although she is currently on hiatus.