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New Face of Small-Town America Snapshots of Latino Life in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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ISBN-10: 0271060824

ISBN-13: 9780271060828

Edition: 2010

Authors: Edgar Sandoval

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a small city located along the Lehigh River in the eastern part of the state. Once the hiding place of the Liberty Bell, Allentown has become a popular destination for Latino immigrants. These Latinos, mostly from Puerto Rico, now make up about a quarter of the city's population, and their numbers continue to grow. The thirty-one stories collected in The New Face of Small-Town America do not reflect the reality of Allentown alone. With U.S. Census figures showing the arrival of Latinos in more small American cities than ever before, Allentown will continue to serve as an example. These small cities have already experienced, or are about to experience, the transformation Allentown saw. Few communities embrace such change. It is only when one becomes familiar with a foreign concept (or foreigners) that fear disappears and understanding begins. Edgar Sandoval's essays show that behind the accents, ethnic customs, and other cultural differences exists a common humanity with universal problems and dreams. The Latinos profiled here want what everybody else wants: to fit in, to prosper, to offer their children a better future, to be recognized as important members of society by the mainstream. They want to coexist. These stories are not just about Latinos in Allentown, after all; they are about Latinos everywhere.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 1/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Edgar Sandoval is an award-winning journalist who spent almost three years writing about the Latino community of northeastern Pennsylvania. He has been a staff reporter at several newspapers, including the McAllen Monitor , the Allentown Morning Call , the Los Angeles Times , the South Florida Sun-Sentinel , and the New York Daily News , where he is currently employed.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Ritual
A Principal Duty
Spanish Sound Bites
Home Away from Home
Little Hero
Music to Their Ears
Priceless
The Fearful Side of Business
Side by Side
Blatinos
Julio
Colorful Pages
ABCs
Grading the Parents
Latino Medicine
Hooked on Telenovelas
A Step Behind
City Boys
Spanglish
The World Trade Connection
Latinos Again
One Man, One Mission
Down to Business
Airwave Wars
Goooaaalll!!!
Unfulfilled Dreams
A Rich Life
Liberty and Justice for All
Man of the Cross
Full Circle
Finding the Inner Snowman
Appendix
Index