ERIC Number: ED425251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Realidades Latinas: Una Communidad Vibrante Emerge en el Sur de Minneapolis = Latino Realities: A Vibrant Community Emerges in South Minneapolis.
HACER: Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, Minneapolis, MN.
Findings from a study of the status of Hispanic Americans in South Minneapolis (Minnesota) are presented. Data are from interviews with 34 individuals identified as knowledgeable about the conditions of Latinos in Minneapolis, 4 focus group meetings with an additional 46 community residents, and information from published sources about the size and nature of the Latino community in South Minneapolis. Informants generally indicated that they came to Minneapolis for reasons connected with family and employment, and most were satisfied with their decision. Several focus group members mentioned that they were attracted to the schools in Minnesota, both for themselves and for their children. Focus group participants also indicated that they found significant support from the Latino organizations operating in South Minneapolis. When professionals and business people were asked to describe the strengths they encountered in South Minneapolis, they spoke of a community of survivors who possess deep commitments to work and family. The findings suggest that the needs of the Latino community are the same as those of any other group. Education was the most frequently mentioned area of need, followed by employment, immigration assistance, community services, health care, and housing. Given the centrality of language to the Latino culture and the lack of accommodation to languages other than English in Minneapolis, it is not surprising that education, especially in English as a second language, was the greatest expressed need. The comments of the individuals interviewed for this study and participants in the focus groups show that the Latino population of Minneapolis is a young and vibrant community of newcomers who make an immense contribution to the city's life. Two appendixes contain the research instruments and information on alternative enumeration studies and the Population Data Survey of 1997 of the U.S. Census. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: HACER: Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)