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. .1 tl 4 k i I : i BORDER-LiNE personalities A New Gen err at i on of Latina^ Dish o n S" e X , S a 0' S , an d Cultural Shifting EDITED BY ,V I Roby^n yyVprciio and, 'M-idhelle Ner'rer'a TWulligan An. Imprint^ of HVRPERCoLLiNsPublishftrs, PB323 8S
Sotpe of the names of the individuals referred to in these essays have been changed to protect their privacy. BORDER-LINE PERSONALITIES. Compilation copyright ©2(X)4 by Robyn Moreno and Michelle Herrera Mulligan. (^pyri|Rts of the in3ividualessays appear on page 301. All rights reserved. Printed jh thjPDnited S^tes of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations* embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information, address Harper- Collins Publishers Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. HarperCdllins books may be purchased for educationaC business, or sales promotional use. For information, please write: Special Markets Depart - ment, HarperCollins Publishers Ir;c.. 10 East 53rd Street, NewTYork, NY 10022 . Grateful ac^owledgment is made for permission to reprint from There But for the Grace of. God Go 1 by Keyiq_J4ance and ^August Darnell © 1979 NANCE SONGS/PERENNIAL AUGUST MUSIC. FIRST EDITION ^ * DESIGNED BY DANCING BEARS DESIGN Printed on acid-free paper ■Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Border-line personalities-^ a new genferabion of Latinas dish on sex, sass, and cultural shifting / edited by Michelle Jlertera Mulligan & R,obyn Moreno. Isted. '• > * ' i p. cm. ISBN 0-06-058076-3 (alk. paper) 1. Hispanic American women Social conditions. 2. Young women ^United States— Social conditions. 3. Hispanic Americans Ethnic identity. 4. Hispanic Americans— Social conditions. 5. Intergenerational relations— United States. 6. Hispanic American women Biography. 7. Young women United States Biography. 8. United States Ethnic relations. I. Herrera Mulligan, Michelle II. Moreno, Robyn E184.S75B675 2004 305.48'868073 —dc22 2004046720 04 05 06 07 08 ddc / rrd 10 9876543 '2 1 T To MY MOTHER, A l ICLA H e RR'ERA'G r ANADOS, WHO TAUGH-T ME I HAVE-THE ST;RENGTH TO ACHIEVE,. EVEN WHEN I D.O N T K.N O W IT. 'M ichelle H erre - ra M ulj - igan / To MY MOTHER, YvONNE V e LA G u ZMAN, ' WHOSE strength AND ENDURING HOPE HAS TAUGHT ME THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. R obyn M oreno
' SE .HABXA ESPANOL B y T,.A >N Y A B A R I E N T O S 1 T he man on the other end of the phone line is telling me the classes-IVe called about are first-rate: native speakers an charge, no more than six students per group. Conbtrsaychunal, he says, allowing the fat vowels of his accented English tO cpllide. with the sawed-off consonants. 1 tell him that will be fine, that I m familiar with the con - versational ^etup, and yes,?rve, studied'a bit of Spanish in the past. He asksfcr my name and I supply it, rolling the double r in Barrientos like a pro. -That s when I hear the silent snag, the momentary hesitation I ve come-to expecf-at this-part of the exchange. Shouldl go into it again"? Should I explain, the way I have to half a dozen others,-that I am Guatemalan by birth but pura gringa by circumstance? Do I add the humble little laugh I usually

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