Living in Spanglish The Search for Latino Identity in America

ISBN-10: 0312310005
ISBN-13: 9780312310004
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Description: Chicano. Cubano. Pachuco. Nuyorican. Puerto Rican. Boricua. Quisqueya. Tejano. To be Latino in the United States in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has meant to fierce identification with roots, with forbears, with the language, art and  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 3/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Chicano. Cubano. Pachuco. Nuyorican. Puerto Rican. Boricua. Quisqueya. Tejano. To be Latino in the United States in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has meant to fierce identification with roots, with forbears, with the language, art and food your people came here with. America is a patchwork of Hispanic sensibilities-from Puerto Rican nationalists in New York to more newly arrived Mexicans in the Rio Grande valley-that has so far resisted homogenization while managing to absorb much of the mainstream culture. Living in Spanglish delves deep into the individual's response to Latino stereotypes and suggests that their ability to hold on to their heritage, while at the same time working to create a culture that is entirely new, is a key component of America's future. In this book, Morales pins down a hugely diverse community-of Dominicans, Mexicans, Colombians, Cubans, Salvadorans and Puerto Ricans--that he insists has more common interests to bring it together than traditions to divide it. He calls this sensibility Spanglish, one that is inherently multicultural, and proposes that Spanglish "describes a feeling, an attitude that is quintessentially American. It is a culture with one foot in the medieval and the other in the next century." In Living in Spanglish , Ed Morales paints a portrait of America as it is now, both embracing and unsure how to face an onslaught of Latino influence. His book is the story of groups of Hispanic immigrants struggling to move beyond identity politics into a postmodern melting pot.

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction: What I'm Talking About When I Speak in Spanglish, or the Spanglish Manifesto
The Roots of Spanglish
Spanglish Goes Underground to Reinvent Itself
Speaking in Spanglish
La Farandula del Norte: The Chameleon Syndrome
La Musica: The Essence of Spanglish
California Dreamin'
East Coast - West Coast: The Imagined and Real Properties of an Intracontinental Latino Cultural and Political Divide
I Am Cuba
Puerto Rico - The First Spanglish Nation
Toward a Spanglish Hemisphere
Index

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