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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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Carlos Ulises Decena

I did not tell them anything. They did not ask me anything. I know that they know.—DANNY, Filipino.1

Basically, you know, she doesn’t like my way of life so we don’t talk about it. She respects me, she loves me, she spoils me. But it’s something we just don’t discuss. I think I don’t do it out of respect for her, and she doesn’t do it out of respect for me. —ALICIA B., Puertorriqueña.2

They know, I mean, parents know…I’ve had relationships…and when I’ve been with these guys, they [his parents] always refer to me as like you in plural…And if there’s like a family gathering or whatever, they’ll always invite that particular friend that I’m going out with. So, you know, it’s understood but it’s never discussed. —PATRICIO, Puerto Rican.3

What is funny is I think they know…I have been living with a man for 13 years and so how can they not…so I think my family is just living in denial, but I think that they know but they don’t want to deal with it and I think it is safe not to discuss it. —UNNAMED, Latino.4

You know that’s very interesting because I know they know. But my family is like this. They don’t discuss it…My older sister, she and I get along best of all. She loves me to death. But she doesn’t...

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