• The shop in Havana is dust and the Irish cotton is dust and my father, a dusty Jew, day after day comes home with a loaf of bread beneath his arm. Day after day, each day alike, Papa arrives: we eat lunch, our eyes fixed on the ceiling’s ornate molding, I have never seen the […]

  • Vast differences in the human capital origins of these populations and in the way they are received in the United States translate into significant disparities in the resources available to families and ethnic communities to raise a new generation in America. (Portes and Rivas 221)

    In this excerpt, Portes and Rivas suggest that “disparities in […]

  • The only way to achieve acceptance and a chance to be in the mainstream of this society was to not only embrace the local American culture, but also to reject one’s own Hispanic culture. This attempt at assimilation, this frustrating struggle to fit in, was encouraged. All too often, the price of this success was […]

  • Tart means a type of pastry shell filled with jam. Or, acid, sour, sharp in meaning, which I love because there were other words in English that bit the tips of our tongues, or rendered our mouths numb. (2342) The poet writes of the duality of meanings in English words–for example, tart could mean pastry […]

  • Momma doesn’t agree. She dreams of American shopping carts and bringing Abuela Isabel to America. But Abuela Isabel reads Echeverria and knows that “to emigrate is to die.”

    The mother dreams of moving to America to have a new life–dreaming of American shopping carts–an implication of domesticity. It is ironic that Castillo specifically mentions “American shopping […]

  • In Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales’s “I Am Joaquin”, we see the anger and resentment the narrator holds towards “gringo society,” a reference to white U.S. society. In the poem, the narrator speaks of the pain in deciding between identities, the difference between death and survival:

    And now!
 I must choose
the paradox of 
victory of the […]

  • The finding that respondents who have experienced discrimination are less likely to self-identify as American indicates that the decision of people born in the United States not to describe themselves as American is a decision made in light of experiences of exclusion here in the United States. I have argued that this exclusion is part of […]

  • Immigration and the United States have a long history with one another and are intricately intertwined. The United States as we know it was founded on immigration of Europeans to North America–eventually displacing many of the aboriginals that lived here. United States is often referred to as a melting pot with regards to immigration and […]

  • It was really shocking to see that little girl choose the lighter skin tones as the children possessing all the positive qualities and darker skin tones (like her own) as the children possessing the negative qualities. It was heartbreaking to see and even more so because she was smiling at some parts–almost as if […]

  • I don’t think the mother was able to handle the question well because she was equally embarrassed and shocked of her child’s honesty broadcasted on national tv. At first, it seemed like the child was influenced by sources outside of the house (tv, friends), but as the mother continued responding, the mother/family’s role in […]

  • I was really surprised when watching this video because it feels as though as a society we have not improved when it comes to race–we still see the differences in color as keenly as we did in the past. It is a bit shocking, but on further analysis it seems quite possible because of […]

  • “I grew older and made my life here. Not here in the United States, and not alla in Santo Domingo, but here in the world of words. They gave me ground to stand on as I pushed away from my family and their Old World ideas of what my role as a female should be. They […]

  • “I will tell you what is wrong. It show no gratitude. It is boastful. I celebrate myself? The best student learns to destroy the teacher?” He mocked Yoyo’s plagiarized words. “This is insubordinate. It is improper. It is disrespecting of her teachers–” (Alvarez 1745)

    I thought it was great that Alvarez used Whitman in her story–the […]

  • None of her daughters was very encouraging. They resented her spending time on those dumb inventions. Here they were trying to fit in America among Americans; they needed help figuring out who they were, why the Irish kids whose grandparents had been micks were calling them spics. (Alvarez 1740)

    Laura Garcia’s daughters are growing up in […]

  • Gene glanced suspiciously at the food on my plate. “Is that tongue?” He indicated the stew on my plate, making a face. “It’s better than hamburger, which is probably all you eat.” “Look, Sammy, I’m an American, not a Colombian, and Americans don’t eat tongue.” (Manrique 1732)

    In this excerpt by Jamie Manrique, Gene–Sammy’s nephew–sees him […]

  • It’s hard to realize I’m alive in the improbably rush of these days. Weeks accumulate in droves Sundays full of numbers chimerical Thursdays when time betrays itself and returns to zero hour. (Corpi 1616)

    In this poem Lucha Corpri writes of slowly losing one’s life from all the daily demands and grind. Time and days blur […]

  • Insatiable harpies the scyscrapers devour the stars eating their fill of the moon caging the wind which in turn wreaks vengeance on flowers and umbrellas (Corpi 1616)

    In this poem by Lucha Corpi called “Undocumented Anguish,” Corpi seems to be writing in the perspective of a jaded person living in the city–presumably an “undocumented” person–as suggested […]

  • In the video, we see that there tends to be a white bias for both black and white children when questions regarding positive traits are asked. They pick the pictures of the children with lighter skin tones as the ones who possess qualities such as “smarter, “prettier,” more desirable, and while some of these opinions […]

  • Which is more effective as a means of getting a political message across? Who has more freedom of speech? Whose manners of speaking are legitimate, or carry the most symbolic power? What are the balances of cultural capital? This video is effective as a means of getting a political message across because it uses […]

  • Watching the video “Immersion” and reflecting on ESL courses was an eye-opening experience. Although I was in ESL classes as a kid in Kindergarten, I don’t remember much and as a result don’t really fully understand the struggles kids now go through with ESL–especially older kids. I always thought that schools everywhere had access to […]

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