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When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican Book
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2006-02-28
ISBN : 0786736860
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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One of "The Best Memoirs of a Generation" (Oprah's Book Club): a young woman's journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

The Discovery of Female Adolescent Sexuality in the Cultural Context of Puerto Rico

The Discovery of Female Adolescent Sexuality in the Cultural Context of Puerto Rico Book
Author : Magdalena Natalia Zalewski
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Release : 2011-10
ISBN : 3656018448
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, LMU Munich (Amerika-Institut), course: Ethnicity and American Identity in Contemporary Fiction, language: English, abstract: Esmeralda Santiago's When I Was Puerto Rican was her first autobiographic novel and it was the precursor of two following memoirs: Almost a Woman and The Turkish Lover. In When I Was Puerto Rican Santiago tells of her early childhood during the 1950s and '60s. The story told in the novel starts in Puerto Rico at Santiago's age of four up to the age of thirteen when she immigrates with her mother and her then six siblings to the US to live in Brooklyn, New York. Her memoir does not only show the difficulty of switching between two different cultures and mentalities, American and Puerto Rican, but it also portrays the coming of age process of a girl who has to find a balance between her individual desires and expectations of her surrounding world. The novel reveals the Santiago family's dealings with the pitfalls of poverty and their dreams of a better life. This family experiences life in all varieties: they are moving from the rural town of Macun to the urban area of Santurce, a district of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan. The family's destiny as a whole unity is yet only a framing plot. The novel illustrates the struggle of understanding the world from a child's perspective. In the case of young Esmeralda it is especially hard to understand the dynamics of her unmarried parents' relationship. For her it is a challenging rethinking process to learn how to tell from her parents' behavior, who is right and who is wrong. She also longs for appreciation called forth by sibling rivalry and the maternal responsibility for her younger sisters and brothers make Esmeralda question woman- and manhood, which eventually leads her to an inner rebellion. In When I Was Puerto Rican Santiago shares the beginning of her search for the intricate question of her"

Conquistadora

Conquistadora Book
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011-07-12
ISBN : 9780307596772
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. Marrying Ramon at the age of eighteen, she travels across the ocean to Hacienda los Gemelos, a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited. But soon the Civil War erupts in the United States, and Ana finds her livelihood, and perhaps even her life, threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built: the hacienda’s slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own in this epic novel of love, discovery and adventure. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman Book
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2012-06-12
ISBN : 0306821117
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Following the enchanting story recounted in When I Was Puerto Rican of the author’s emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the prestigious Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, Esmeralda Santiago delivers the tale of her young adulthood, where she continually strives to find a balance between becoming American and staying Puerto Rican. While translating for her mother Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York’s prestigious Performing Arts High School in the afternoons, and dancing salsa all night, she begins to defy her mother’s protective rules, only to find that independence brings new dangers and dilemmas.

A Doll for Navidades

A Doll for Navidades Book
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Scholastic Press
Release : 2005
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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While preparing for Christmas in Puerto Rico, seven-year-old Esmeralda asks the Three Magi for a baby doll like her cousin's, but when they bring something else instead she gains a deeper understanding of the meaning of the holiday.

Puerto Rican Voices in English

Puerto Rican Voices in English Book
Author : Carmen Dolores Hernández
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release : 1997
ISBN : 9780275958091
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Puerto Rican writers, living in the United States and writing in English, speak directly about their lives and their literary tradition in this provocative book of interviews.

Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism

Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism Book
Author : Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Release : 2015-05-20
ISBN : 1137455233
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Puerto Ricans experience their citizenship and cultural nationalism within the context of an unincorporated territory in which they have limited participation in the legal framework devised to govern them. Drawing from in-depth interviews with a group of Puerto Ricans who requested a certificate of Puerto Rican citizenship, legal and historical documents, and official reports not publicly accessible, Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán shares how some Puerto Ricans construct and experience their citizenship and national identity at the margins of the US nation. The narratives shared in this book help us understand how citizenship construction can assert cultural national identity within colonial relationships. Moreover, discussing Puerto Rican identity as a necessity calls into the spotlight a discussion of the identity of U.S. citizens. What does it mean for a U.S. citizen to be seen as the 'Other'?

The Latinx Urban Condition

The Latinx Urban Condition Book
Author : Crescencio Lopez-Gonzalez
Publisher : Lexington Books
Release : 2019-12-31
ISBN : 1498570275
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Latinx Urban Condition brings interdisciplinary cultural theory and U.S. Latinx urban literature into conversation, focusing on the realities and urban experiences of Latinx living in major cities in the United States from the 1960’s to the present. As a cultural studies analyst of U.S. Latinx urban literature and culture, the book focuses on analyzing the works of Latinx authors who write about the cities in which they were raised and how growing up in these environments shaped their lives, their communities, and their future. Their fictional work helps us understand how the human and cultural tapestry of the Latinx community is inextricably connected to the spatial transformations taking place in many cities across the country, most notably within the cities in which the narratives take place. The main purpose is to analyze the symbolic realities lived by the characters in order to understand how Latino families and communities are experiencing displacement under instituted neoliberal policies, a process known as development and progress or gentrification. These processes are experienced through aspects of privatization, deregulation, homelessness, residential segregation, inequality, unemployment, and poverty.

How to Teach Students Who Don t Look Like You

How to Teach Students Who Don t Look Like You Book
Author : Bonnie M. Davis
Publisher : Corwin Press
Release : 2012-07-18
ISBN : 1452279381
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Engage diverse learners in your classroom with culturally responsive instruction! This second edition includes new or expanded coverage of Latino students, ELLs, immigrant students, race, and racial identity, and new coverage of standards-based, culturally responsive lesson planning and instruction, differentiated instruction, RTI, and the Common Core State Standards. Bonnie Davis helps all educators: Tailor instruction to their unique student population Reflect on their cultures and how this shapes their views of the world Cultivate a deeper understanding of race and racism in the U.S. Create culturally responsive instruction Understand how culture affects learning

Puerto Rico s Eastern Coast El Yunque Rainforest

Puerto Rico s Eastern Coast   El Yunque Rainforest Book
Author : Kurt Pitzer
Publisher : Hunter Publishing, Inc
Release : 2009-09-02
ISBN : 1588437973
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Most travelers to eastern Puerto Rico come to see and hike El Yunque, the island's second-most-visited tourist destination after Old San Juan, and probably the world's most user-friendly rain forest. Others come for the east coast's three sprawling resort hotels, half a dozen excellent golf courses, the US Navy base, and one of the biggest yachting and sailing charter ports in the Caribbean. But this side of the island has much to offer that eludes most visitors to Puerto Rico, from a glorious, six-mile stretch of deserted beach between Luquillo and Las Cabezas de San Juan, to the red cliffs and lonely lighthouse in the southeast. As with most places, you have to scratch the surface to find the hidden rewards here. Spend a day or two wandering around Lo za Aldea and talking to locals (or attending their fiestas patronales in late July) to get a deeper understanding of Afro-Caribbean culture. One of the old fishermen of Las Croabas may take you cay-hopping in his wooden sloop, setting you down on some deserted islet to swim in opaque waters. Local surfers gather at a few little-known breaks. Or visit one of the two other nature reserves on the east coast OCo Las Cabezas to San Juan and Humacao OCo where exotic waterfowl, mangrove and dry tropical forest ecosystems and a bioluminescent lagoon await. This guide tells you all about the history and culture of Puerto Rico, how to get there and how to get around, the general information you need. Then it zeros in on the eastern coastal area and all its places to stay and eat, the things to see and do, the fiestas, historic sites, museums, markets - everything you need to know. Filled with maps and photos."

America s Dream

America s Dream Book
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2009-10-13
ISBN : 0061846945
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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America’s Dream is the Fifth selection in the inaugural launch of RAYO’s master comtemporary classic series. Told with a wry sense of humor, this novel explores issues associated with becoming an American, and exemplifies the spirit of RAYO, every Hispanic American, and any other immigrant who has dared to realize the American dream. América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don’t look her In the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is offered the chance to work as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for a family in Westchester County, New York, she takes it as a sign that a door to escape has been opened. Yet even as América revels in the comparative luxury of her new life, daring to care about a man other than Correa, she is faced with dramatic proof that no matter what she does, she can’t get away from her past.

Conversations with Ilan Stavans

Conversations with Ilan Stavans Book
Author : Ilan Stavans
Publisher : University of Arizona Press
Release : 2005-01-01
ISBN : 9780816522644
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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For almost twenty years, Ilan StavansÑdescribed by the Washington Post as "Latin AmericaÕs liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast"Ñhas interviewed path-breaking intellectuals and artists in a wide range of media. As host of the critically acclaimed PBS series La Plaza, he interviews guests on pressing issues that affect the Western Hemisphere today, asking hard-hitting questions on immigration, religion, bilingualism, race, and democracy. This book collects for the first time in one volume StavansÕs most provocative and enlightening interviews with Hispanics from both sides of the Rio Grande. Spontaneous and surprising, these conversations reflect Latino life in the United States in all its facets. Among the more than two dozen selections, Edward James Olmos talks about Hispanics in Hollywood; John Leguizamo describes how he shapes a stage show; author Richard Rodriguez reflects on his gang background; Esmeralda Santiago takes on the Puerto Rican stereotype; and Piri Thomas shares thoughts on the writing of Down These Mean Streets. "A conversation is a tango," writes Stavans, "for it takes two to dance it." Conversations with Ilan Stavans invites readers to catch the rhythm and enjoy these unique meetings of minds.

Women s Life Writing and Imagined Communities

Women s Life Writing and Imagined Communities Book
Author : Cynthia Anne Huff
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Release : 2005
ISBN : 9780415372206
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Recognising the great legacy of women's life writings, this book draws on a wealth of sources to critically examine the impact of these writings on our communities.

Las Christmas

Las Christmas Book
Author : Esmeralda Santiago,Joie Davidow
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2007-12-18
ISBN : 0307426556
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Twenty-five celebrated Latino writers delight and move us with their recollections of Christmas in this splendid holiday extravaganza. From Julia Alvarez's tale of how Santicló delivered a beloved uncle from political oppression to Junot Díaz's story of his own uneasy assimilation on his first Christmas in America, to Sandra Cisneros's poignant memories of her late father's holiday dinners, Las Christmas gives us true stories from writers of many traditions--memories of Christmas and Hanukkah that vividly capture the pride and pain, joy and heartbreak, that so often accompany the holidays in the Americas. Richly illustrated and embellished with songs and poems, along with recipes for an unforgettable Christmas dinner--from traditional sweet tamales to Puerto Rican asopao (stew) and coquito (coconut eggnog)--this is an enduring treasury of Latino writing to read again and again. A heartwarming holiday gift. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Writing Off the Hyphen

Writing Off the Hyphen Book
Author : José L. Torres-Padilla,Carmen Haydée Rivera
Publisher : University of Washington Press
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9780295988245
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The sixteen essays in Writing Off the Hyphen approach the literature of the Puerto Rican diaspora from current theoretical positions, with provocative and insightful results. Prominent writers such as Rosario Ferr and Judith Ortiz Cofer are discussed alongside often-neglected writers such as Honolulu-based Rodney Morales and gay writer Manuel Ramos Otero. Jos Torres-Padilla is associate professor of English, State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Carmen Haydee Rivera is associate professor of English, University of Puerto Rico.

Skin Color and Identity Formation

Skin Color and Identity Formation Book
Author : Edward Fergus
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2004-11-01
ISBN : 1135931291
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The focus of this study is on the ways in which skin color moderates the perceptions of opportunity and academic orientation of 17 Mexican and Puerto Rican high school students. More specifically, the study's analysis centered on cataloguing the racial/ethnic identification shifts (or not) in relation to how they perceive others situate them based on skin color.

Cultural Activisms

Cultural Activisms Book
Author : Gertrude M. James Gonzalez,Anne J. M. Mamary
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 1999-01-01
ISBN : 9780791439661
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This text presents art and writing which is political rather than theorizing about how art and writing might be political. The wide array of voices and styles is one of the book’s strengths as it not only offers a multi-faceted approach toward activism and positive change, but also speaks a range of emotions from anger, passion, and fear, to joy and courage. This book also opens and creates space for the humor and hope which can come even in the presence of violence and despair.

Latino Voices in New England

Latino Voices in New England Book
Author : David Carey Jr., Robert Atkinson
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2009-03-01
ISBN : 0791493849
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

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

Switching Languages

Switching Languages Book
Author : Steven G. Kellman
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780803227477
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Though it is difficult enough to write well in one?s native tongue, an extraordinary group of authors has written enduring poetry and prose in a second, third, or even fourth language. Switching Languages is the first anthology in which translingual authors from throughout the world examine their experiences writing in more than one language or in a language other than their primary one. Driven by factors as varied as migration, imperialism, a quest for verisimilitude, and a desire to assert artistic autonomy, translingualism has a long and brilliant history. ø In Switching Languages, Steven G. Kellman brings together several notable authors from the past one hundred years who discuss their personal translingual experiences and their take on a general phenomenon that has not received the attention it deserves. Contributors to the book include Chinua Achebe, Julia Alvarez, Mary Antin, Elias Canetti, Rosario Ferrä, Ha Jin, Salman Rushdie, Läopold Sädar Senghor, and Ilan Stavans. They offer vivid testimony to the challenges and achievements of literary translingualism.