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How Eva Longoria Is Making Sure Son Santi Understands His Mexican Heritage

10/15/2021 11:24:00 PM

How Eva Longoria Is Making Sure Son Santi Understands His Mexican Heritage

From morning prayers to the breakfast tortillas, 'everything we do is basically tradition,' Eva Longoria told E! News of helping 3-year-old son Santiago understand his Mexican-American heritage.

they intended to speak Spanish with their family at home. "But also I grew up with a lot of Colombian food, so I can't wait until I can start feeding him different kinds of Colombian food like arroz con pollo or little arepas," she continued. And at just 5-months-old he already had a few beloved Spanish nursery rhymes, including

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Los PollitosSana, Sana, Colita de Rana."I think there's so much to be inspired by in our community," Longoria noted of the broader Latinx culture. "There's so much artistry that is rich in our communities."So whether you think of yourself as Latinx, Latina, Hispanic, "more power to you," she said. "We're not monolithic. We're a very diverse group. And so I think we should celebrate that diversity within diversity, instead of just trying to label it one thing or the other."

And for Longoria, that observance and glorification of culture takes place every day, all day.Eva Longoria / Instagram"I mean, everything we do is basically tradition," she responded when asked about incorporating their heritage into Santi's upbringing. "From waking up to going to bed." In fact, it continues right after their a.m. prayers, when she'll whip up some homemade breakfast tortillas.

"He loves them every morning," she said. "So that's a really good tradition that's been, I mean, as ancient as the Aztecs. Although my tortillas are flour, the Aztecs were definitely corn."Their joint cooking sessions are sweet, but perhaps the most important aspect she'll instill in her son is what it means to exist in the larger global community. "You know, he traveled to four different continents before he was 6 months old, because of my work, because of my philanthropy," Longoria explained of her ties to organizations like PADRES Contra El Cancer, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and her own

Eva Longoria Foundation."And so, my life will continue to be that. That's going to be my life's work is my philanthropy and my activism. And so he will be able to witness that growing up and choose for himself if he chooses to continue down this path, or if he chooses to contribute in other ways."

InstagramEither way, Santi will have a head start thanks to his parents' decision to raise him as bilingual, Longoria having taken it upon herself to learn Spanish more than a decade ago so she'd better be able to communicate. (In an effort to fully understand and immerse herself in the issues related to immigration, she also earned a master's degree in Chicano studies from California State University, Northridge in 2013, writing her

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