Yes, I have a chip on my shoulder (although I consider it a constructive chip) when it comes to such matters. And that chip turned into a chunk when I read Jason Richwine's appalling doctoral dissertation.
I am a proud Dominican woman; I just don't look the part and that's something that has haunted me, my entire life.
If you're like me, and you're honest with yourself, you probably know painfully little about the pre-Hispanic civilizations and legacies of Central America. Suffice it to say that Central America has historically received little attention.
I have lived in the United States for 12 years through an awkward patchwork of costly and ephemeral visas statuses. Now, my F1 student status is set to expire and I find myself against the crushing weight of the immigration system once more.
If God is an Argentine, and if the Messiah is also from La Pampa, we are now being watched over by a Pope who hails from the Southern Cone. Jorge Ma...
It left me wondering if the Latino community's time on the national cultural scene had reached the proverbial tipping point. Will a weekend, or even a decade, do? What role will potential physical presence on the National Mall play?
This commercial seemed to steer clear of racist representations focusing instead on a car-full of enthusiastic, elderly friends enjoying a kick-ass night on the town. The ad, however, felt "wrong" for reasons that I'll lay out below.
Proponents advocated the replacement of the Native pair with an African couple, owing to the island's overwhelming African-descended population, but they underestimated Jamaicans' own identification with the island's First Nation.
Water by the Spoonful is an honest reflection of who we are as part of the American society ensemble. You will laugh, ponder and hopefully learn that Latino families are multicultural, multifaceted and as fragile as any other nucleus.
Sometimes as parents we over complicate things. Find EASY ways to introduce cultural learnings that are important to your familia. Let's use this Hispanic Heritage Month and other yearly themes to start a simple learning time.
Your handsome and humble servant ...
Is it our deeply-rooted religious beliefs, our traditionally conservative culture or prevailing traces of "machismo" that allow for such clear-cut cases of homophobic expression to still infiltrate Latino culture?
Only two artists of Hispanic descent have been honored in the last 35 years -- Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo (2000) and actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera (2002).
Ruiz de Burton's work is a game changer. The Squatter and the Don and Who Would Have Thought It? helped shift the paradigm of American literature. Thanks to the Arte Publico Recovery project, Ruiz de Burton's books are available and included in college courses.
We're not a focus group any more. We're over 50 million strong with all that that means practically from demographic, political and cultural perspectives. I believe we need a term that unites us in important contexts and at critical times.
When asked in an open-ended question to name the person they consider "the most important Latino leader in the country today," nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanic respondents said they did not know.