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ERIC Number: ED459017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 337
Abstractor: N/A
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Latina Voices of Des Moines.
Taylor, P. Dawn
This dissertation examines the lives of Hispanic women living in Des Moines and includes their views of problems and opportunities involved in living in that city. Interviews were conducted with 24 Latino women over the age of 17 who had been in the area for over 2 years. Findings indicate that learning to speak English was the single most important tool a Latina needed to survive in the United States. Latino youth, particularly Latinas, needed support and assistance in assimilation into the Des Moines community. Residents of Des Moines did not see the potential and talents of Latina women living in the community, did not recognize the vast diversity among the Latinas living in the area, and assumed Latinos all had the same interests and desires. Generally speaking, Des Moines residents expected immigrants to immediately assimilate into the United States, speak the language, obey the laws, and act like Des Moines residents. Recommendations for policymakers include making opportunities for Latinas to learn English more readily available; providing more cultural diversity training with respect to indigenous Latinas who have immigrated to the United States; and creating an information center to help immigrants learn what is expected of individuals living in Des Moines and how to adapt. (Contains 70 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa (Des Moines)