September 2014

Tue
30
Sep
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Memorias: Preserving the Puerto Rican Experience in the United States through Oral Histories

I hit pause on the camera, shut off the mics and just sat with her for a few moments as she cried. She was stunned, shocked that the weight of her own memory could bring her to tears in the presence of a stranger. Remembering...

Tue
30
Sep
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Putting Together a Personal Cartography

How to tell a story that is deeply yours and yet a map into questions about identity, self, and community? Attached to that how is the why of telling it....

Tue
30
Sep
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SJU→MSP: A Puerto Rican Woman in Minnesota

I read Neil Genzlinger’s “ The Problem with Memoirs ” in 2011, and it almost stopped me from ever sitting...

Fri
19
Sep
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Mom Bloggers: Raising and Empowering

The sun comes up in barrio San José somewhere in Puerto Rico and Mamá Boricua, on vacation with her family, wakes up with the noisy resonance of a rooster, makes some coffee and sits down at her computer to write about the day...

Wed
17
Sep
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The Queens College Summer Program 1972-1974: Oh Yes We Did!

While enjoying a Knicks game in the early 1990s with two young Boricua lawyers I ventured to ask during halftime as to what prompted the pursuit of their profession. Armando and Pedro both smiled as we sipped on our beers....

Wed
17
Sep
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Boricuas Where?... En la luna

Not long after the U.S. took over Puerto Rico in 1898, the response of the island's elites took shape, influenced by the development of a Hispanic heritage-based nationalism. I argue that such hispanophile nationalism is at the...

Wed
17
Sep
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Reflections from the Field: A Photo Essay of Buenaventura Lakes, FL

In June of 2010, I relocated from East Harlem, New York to Kissimmee, Florida to begin my ethnographic fieldwork in the Buenaventura Lakes (BVL) Subdivision. BVL is situated in the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Area, located...

Wed
03
Sep

Inocencia’s Indiscretion

The courtship of Inocencia Martínez and Sotero Figueroa, excerpted below, is part of a copyrighted forthcoming work of fiction based on historical facts that explores women’s roles against the backdrop of Puerto Rican liberation in the 1890s...
Wed
03
Sep

Listening to Centro’s Voices: Welcome

Today, there are more Puerto Ricans living in the United States than Puerto Rico, and they are more dispersed than ever, with Central Florida and the South displacing New York and the Northeast as ports of entry and the...

Wed
03
Sep

The Puerto Rican Parade: Now and Then

Last year a scandal rocked one of the largest outdoor spectacles in the United States: the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. As a result much of the old leadership was excised and a new board took over with the promise of...

Wed
03
Sep

Is There a Brain Drain from Puerto Rico?

In 2004, the number of Puerto Ricans living in the mainland U.S. exceeded the population in Puerto Rico for the first time in history. This unprecedented event highlights a new shift in the pattern of Puerto Rican migration,...

Wed
03
Sep

“We Were/Are Here”: Wynwood, Miami

The faded green and white sign marking the Eugenio Maria de Hostos neighborhood (Wynwood) in the City of Miami resembles the forgotten history of Miami’s historic Puerto Rican Barrio (...

Tue
02
Sep
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GastroNation: Food and Identity among Puerto Ricans

Eating Puerto Rico: A History of Food, Culture, and Identity by Cruz Miguel Ortiz Cuadra is an ambitious book that aims to examine the questions of "...why did we eat what we ate and why do we still eat it...?" (2013: 13). The...

Tue
02
Sep
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Global Miami: Life in the City

Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami is an important contribution to both the place-specific literature on Miami as well as the wider fields of migration, transnational and urban studies. The authors, Elizabeth M. Aranda, Sallie...

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