ERIC Number: ED456178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Why "Nuyoricans" Are Given the Cold-Shoulder by Other Puerto Ricans.
Based on ethnographic research on Puerto Ricans on the island and mainland, this paper examines why Nuyoricans' identities are disparaged by island and mainland Puerto Ricans. Nuyoricans are Puerto Ricans, especially in New York, who mix North American and Puerto Rican cultural traits. Many have grown up traveling between the island and mainland. One reason that Puerto Ricans tend to reject Nuyoricans is the negative stereotypes assigned to Nuyoricans from which other Puerto Ricans wish to distance themselves. Also, in many Puerto Ricans' eyes, the Nuyorican represents what is considered worst about the dominant North American culture and a betrayal of traditional Puerto Rican ways. Commentary on Nuyoricans is really commentary on Puerto Rico's relationship with the United States and its effect on the Puerto Rican culture. The Nuyorican brings the authenticity of today's Puerto Rican into question due to extensive interaction with the United States. This paper examines the meaning of the Nuyorican identity for Puerto Ricans on both the island and the mainland; describes Puerto Rican identity; defines Puerto Ricans, Puerto-Rican Americans, and Nuyoricans; examines the culture of Nuyoricans; and discusses Puerto-Ricans' problems as immigrants to New York. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York