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Latinas/os on the East Coast

A Critical Reader


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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Dominican Women Across Three Generations: Educational Dreams, Goals and Hopes


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Dominican Women Across Three Generations

Educational Dreams, Goals and Hopes

Rosie M. Soy and Stefan Bosworth


This chapter discusses the struggles that female students in the CUNY campuses and their families from the Dominican Republic have faced in trying to succeed in the United States. The narrative comments from each generation of respondents reflect incredible struggles and hardships, but also of these women’s great strengths and endurance. Through three generations, these women succeeded in their attempts to begin a new life in an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar culture and language. For the purposes of this study, the term “first generation” refers to Dominican women born and raised in the Dominican Republic. The phrase “second generation” is used in reference to Dominican women who were born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S. as children or teenagers. The “third generation” are U.S. native-born children of the second generation. Their attempts, articulated through their own voices, reveal the changes and adaptations occurring among the three generations of these families as they faced “a brave new world.” Incorporated in this chapter are narrative comments made by respondents from the interviews in this study.

The effects immigration and adjustment to a new environment have had, and continue to have, on the families of our students and, by implication, the students themselves, will be our primary foci. We will explore these factors—both assets and limitations...

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