Latino Voices in New Englandby David Carey Jr.
Pub. Date: 02/05/2009
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Latinosthose born in the United States as well as those who immigrated later in lifeare not only transforming the country and cities, they are also transforming themselves in a difficult process of community making. This book/i>
Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.
Latinosthose born in the United States as well as those who immigrated later in lifeare 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 strengthsstrong family ties, a connection to the environment, and an expanding sense of hometo illustrate how they have emerged not only with hopes and dreams intact, but also with a resilience built upon fluid and flexible identities.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Situating Latino Voices in a New England Community
David Carey Jr.
1. It’s About Dream Building
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
5. It’s About Community Building
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
9. Roots Are Important
10. You Don’t Know What I Had to Go Through
11. Everything Has Its Good Sides and Its Bad
12. You’ve Got to Practice It
Conclusion: Toward a Fluid Latino Identity
Appendix: English and Spanish Questions
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