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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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Immigrant Identities in Transnational Contexts: The Figured World of a New York City English Literacy and Civics Education Classroom

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Immigrant Identities in Transnational Contexts

The Figured World of a New York City English Literacy and Civics Education Classroom

Dina Lopez

Introduction

[English Literacy and Civics Education] is a program that should promote the Americanization of immigrants…in becoming American citizens, immigrants pledge, ‘true faith and allegiance’ to American liberal democracy. This requires some knowledge of our history and values. If the money expended annually on EL-Civics assisted our future fellow citizens in understanding America’s heritage and civic values, the money would be well spent.

—John Fonte, Director of the Center for American Common Culture Testimony at the House Judiciary Committee Meeting, May 16th,2007

As a country of immigrants we have always depended upon newcomers to fuel our progress. Legislation that provides them educational tools is logical and good for our country. Instead of turning our backs on immigrants, we should open our arms and embrace them. Their success is America’s success, and we should invest in it through sound education policies…

—Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), July 23rd, 2008

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