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Crossing Cultures- Cruzando culturas

Hispanic Authors and the Challenges They Overcame in the United States- Autores hispanos y sus desafíos superados en los Estados Unidos

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Rhina Toruño-Haensly

Crossing Cultures/Cruzando culturas focuses on the creation of literary works and how these works reflect the life experiences of the authors. The purpose of this book is to inspire young Mexican-American, Hispanic, and Latino people by demonstrating that education is the key to life through the example of authors who have become successful in spite of their modest beginnings. Their love for education and their drive to improve themselves has turned them into nationally and internationally known authors recognized by major publishing companies. Their books in English have been translated quickly into other languages. The interviews reveal not only the authors’ origins but also how they were able to overcome difficulties and challenges in their lives. The interviewed novelists include Mario Bencastro, Aristeo Brito, Rolando J. Díaz, Graciela Limón, and Demetria Martínez. Interviews conducted in English with Mexican-American writers are included in their original English version along with a proper Spanish translation. This book comprises a valuable resource for university students who are pursuing a degree in Spanish, Chicano studies, and ethnic studies that facilitates understanding the various dynamics of the Hispanic experience through literature.
Crossing Cultures/Cruzando culturas se enfoca en la creación de obras literarias y como estas obras reflejan las experiencias de los autores. El propósito de este libro es inspirar a los jóvenes México-Americanos, Hispanos y Latinos al demostrar que la educación es la llave que les abre las puertas del triunfo en la vida. El ejemplo de los autores que han sido exitosos a pesar de sus raíces humildes les estimulará a salir adelante. El amor por la educación de estos escritores y su motivación para mejorarse los ha convertido en autores reconocidos nacionalmente e internacionalmente por las editoriales más reconocidas del mundo entero. Sus libros en inglés han sido traducidos a otras lenguas rápidamente. Las entrevistas revelan no solamente los orígenes de los escritores pero como lograron vencer las dificultades y desafíos en su vida. Los novelistas entrevistados incluyen a Mario Bencastro, Aristeo Brito, Rolando J. Díaz, Graciela Limón y Demetria Martínez. Las entrevistas realizadas en inglés con los escritores México-Americanos están incluidas en su forma original en inglés acompañadas por una traducción al español. Este libro comprende un recurso valioso para los investigadores universitarios que buscan especializarse en literatura o historia latina, chicana, o estudios étnicos que facilitan el entendimiento de las dinámicas variadas de la experiencia hispana a través de la literatura.

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Chapter 3: Rolando J. Díaz

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Biographical Notes Rolando Josué Rodríguez Díaz was born in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico on September 22, 1964. A few months after his birth, his parents, Ricardo and Olga Díaz, brought him, along with his older brother, Ricardo Jr., to Eagle Pass, Texas. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin (1987), a Master of Arts degree in Drama from the University of North Texas (1988), a Master of Arts degree in English from Texas Woman’s University (1990), a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Bilingual Education / ESL,(2008), a Master of Arts degree in Spanish at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (2010), and his plan is to pursue the Ph.D. in Spanish at Texas Tech University. In a career that spans over 17 years, Rolando has worked at institutions of higher education like the University of Kansas, Oklahoma State University, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In March 2009, Rolando became an independent consultant and freelance writer. He has been published in periodicals like the Journal of Latinos and Education, Nuestra Cultura Magazine, Vision Latina Magazine, Campus Activities Journal, and Community Health Link Magazine. Rolando is also the author of Tales from the Tortilla Curtain and Other Stories, Volume 1, which was published in June of 2007. Growing up, physically,...

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