Latino Voices in New England

Latino Voices in New England

by David Carey Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791493776

ISBN-13: 9780791493779

Pub. Date: 02/05/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

Latinos—those born in the United States as well as those who immigrated later in life—are not only transforming the country and cities, they are also transforming themselves in a difficult process of community making. This book

Overview

Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

Latinos—those born in the United States as well as those who immigrated later in life—are not only transforming the country and cities, they are also transforming themselves in a difficult process of community making. This book tells the story of how a diverse group of immigrants have adapted to dramatic changes in the largely Anglo setting of Portland, Maine, building bridges instead of walls. The Latino storytellers included here address multiple challenges of discrimination, language barriers, cultural retention and adaptation, and speak of their strengths—strong family ties, a connection to the environment, and an expanding sense of home—to illustrate how they have emerged not only with hopes and dreams intact, but also with a resilience built upon fluid and flexible identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791493779
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword
Elsa Nuñez

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Situating Latino Voices in a New England Community
David Carey Jr.

1. It’s About Dream Building
Blanca Santiago

2. I Wanted to Free Myself
Adrian Bravo Chávez

3. We’re Very United, All the Latinos
Ana Manza and Eliseo Brea

4. Swimming in a Different Ocean
Laura Ochoa

5. It’s About Community Building
John Connors

6. Answering the Call
The Reverend Virginia Marie Rincón

7. So Our Children Do Not Have to Suffer Like We Did
Hernán and Marta

8. My Life Has Always Included Change
Victoria Chicón

9. Roots Are Important
Juan González

10. You Don’t Know What I Had to Go Through
Lourdes Carpenter

11. Everything Has Its Good Sides and Its Bad
Iván Cantor

12. You’ve Got to Practice It
Olga Alicea

Conclusion: Toward a Fluid Latino Identity
Robert Atkinson

Appendix: English and Spanish Questions
Index

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