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“The New Nueva York” by Eugene Holley, “Autobiography of a Nuyorican” by Sandra María Esteves, “Puertoricanness” and “Child of the Americas” by Aurora Levins Morales “The New Nueva York” by Eugene Holley What was the number of Hispanics in the New York City in the 1990 census? According to Angelo Falcon (president of the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy), was that count considered accurate? Do Hispanics live in just the Lower East Side (Loisaida) and Spanish Harlem? What brings Hispanics from all over Latin America? When was Puerto Rico made an offical U.S. Territory? How does the immigration status of the Puerto Rican differ from that of other Hispanics? What was the reason so many Puerto Ricans immigrated to New York from 1945-1948? Was it the intention of Puerto Rican Immigrant to stay in New York? As Puerto Ricans moved up and out of their original neighborhoods, who succeeded them? What was the effect on the neighborhood when Miguel Algarín and (poet-playwright) Miguel Piñero opened the Nuyorican Café on the Lower East Side of Manhattan? Although the original Nuyorican literary movement was Spanglish based poetry, what has the Café been fostering since that time? Is the Hispanic presence in New York limited to those of Caribbean origin? What examples of cultural blending between different Hispanic nationalities does the author mention?
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“Autobiography of a Nuyorican” by Sandra María Esteves In the verses of this poem, how does the poet describe her entry into this world? Why did she have to struggle? What was her mother’s reaction when she saw her oxygen starved, limp baby born? Just as her birth went from dark to light, from cold blue to warm pink, what did the “free-giving sun” reveal about this person? What might the symbolism of the color blue be in this poem? Why did she say the world did not want her to be born? When she says “The meaning of war defined her”, what did she mean? “Puertoricanness” by Aurora Levins Morales What was it that reminded Levins Morales of her Caribbean past? It did not just wake up her body, but what else did it awaken in her? How did the “Puertoricanness” begin to reveal itself in her actions? How did her lifestyle contrast to her Anglo-American peers? “Child of the Americas” by Aurora Levins Morales When she calls herself a “child of the Americas”, what does she mean? What is her tool about which she is passionate? Though English is her tool, what language fills her essence? And though she is of three bloods, three cultures, she does not totally claim any one of them, why?
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Just for you to think about: Part of the American identity is that of being a “melting pot” of nationalities cultures, languages, cuisines, musical forms, etc. Do you think the U.S. culture would be better if we all spoke one language, all had one religion, all had the same political beliefs? Is the idea of diversity just a ploy by social-tinkerers to attack the mainstream Anglo-American Culture? “Born Anew Each A.M.”, “Prologue,
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