From «Vergüenza» to «Échale Ganas»
Chapter 6. Conclusions
· 6 · conclusions CHAPEL HILL—After riding a cattle train through Mexico, Emilio Vicente, his mother and several others climbed under barbed wire at the Arizona border in 1997. They had come from Guatemala, and Emilio, then 6, had no concept of the danger when the group entered the United States illegally. The journey, he said, was an adventure with a purpose. The boy was making a trip, in his mind, to meet his dad. He had not seen his father since he was a baby, and had no memory of the man. His father had gone to America seeking a better life, and he had found a place for his family in Siler City, where a giant poultry processor offered jobs, and maybe a future. Now, Emilio Vicente is on another journey with a purpose. On Tuesday, he will be on a the ballot for student body president at UNC-Chapel Hill, where his candidacy has drawn national interest at a time when an immigration overhaul may be gaining momentum in Washington. (Stancill, 2014, paras. 1–4) Introduction Emilio Vicente’s story of hard work and resiliency echoes the participants’ narratives in this ethnographic study. Through family support, sacrifice, and hard work, Emilio found the network support through a mentoring program 112 counterstorytelling narratives of latino teenage boys at UNC-Chapel Hill that prepared him to challenge social/school norms and immigration policies. Like Emilio, in my study, nine Latino teenage boys voiced the communal experiences of many other Latino teenage boys navi- gating...
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