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Latinas/os on the East Coast

A Critical Reader

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Edited By Yolanda Medina and Ángeles Donoso Macaya

Latinas/os on the East Coast: A Critical Reader provides a comprehensive overview of established and contemporary research and essays written about communities that represent the Latina/o diaspora on the East Coast of the United States. Collectively, it contributes to the historical, cultural, political, and economic dynamics that affect the Latinas/os’ lived experience of the country. Analyzed through an interdisciplinary lens, this reader offers a critical examination of the policies and the practices that affect the following current and emerging themes and topics: History; Ethnicity and culture; Immigration, transnationalism, and civil rights; Education; Health; Women’s studies; Film and media studies; Queer studies; Literature; Visual and performing arts.
This book is an indispensable resource for scholars, researchers, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as any individual, group, or organization interested in issues that affect Latinas/os in the United States in current times.
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Situating Latino Voices in a New England Community

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David Carey, Jr.

At some point, on our way to a new consciousness, we will have to leave the opposite bank, the split between the two mortal combatants somehow healed so that we are on both shores at once and, at once, see through serpent and eagle eyes.

—Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera Hay tantísimas fronteras que dividen a la gente, pero por cada frontera existe también un puente. (There are a great number of borders that divide people, but for every border there is also a bridge.) —Gina Valdés, Puentes y Fronteras

With the United States on the verge of claiming the third-largest concentration of Spanish speaking people in the world and the 2000 census indicating that nearly one in five inhabitants speaks a language other than English at home, learning about Latino plights, realities, and contributions is essential to understanding our changing nation and its relationship to the rest of the world. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of the immigrants living in the United States have come from Latin America. In light of the Census Bureau’s declaration that Hispanics comprise the largest minority (14 percent) in the United States, defining Spanish as a foreign language is becoming increasingly problematic.1 Yet until Latino/as are recognized as citizens as well as immigrants (in contrast to Caucasians who are assumed to be citizens because of their physical features and [for many] their English fluency), Spanish is...

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