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ERIC Number: EJ1099137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
From Latin Americans to Latinos: Latin American Immigration in US: The Unwanted Children
Moraña, Ana
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n2 Spr 2007
It is my understanding that Latin American immigrants in the United States, during the contested process of becoming Latinos (US citizens or the offspring of Latin Americans born in US) are for the most part socially portrayed as unwanted, messy children who need to be educated before they can become American citizens. Whether they can be called subjects of diaspora or just traditional immigrants, they surely produce and generate acts of resistance. On one hand, Latin Americans in United States minimize, in general, the appropriation of English as their second language, and consequently, the culture of the metropolis. This fact makes their ability to function within the limits of the adopted new land obviously difficult. On the other hand, this situation promotes many acts of symbolic resistance by the establishment (to settle English as the official language; a metallic wall along the Mexican border). Both examples are symbolic expressions of a society in fear of turning their racial and cultural identity upside down. As unwanted children, Latin Americans are seeking economic survival within the unfriendly limits of global markets, challenging borders and rules, while stretching the laws of welfare and education. In the majority of cases they provide cheap and reliable labor. This situation grows as Latin Americans/Latinos become the largest minority in the United States. In this article I will explore how globalization, a term that is replacing "modernity" (Monsiváis, 2003, 283), is not only a contradictory process, as Stuart Hall states, due to the co-existence of central and vernacular varieties of the big phenomenon under the name of modernity. It also houses, in my opinion, a contradiction in itself when it comes to accept the consequences that are growing in its womb.
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