By Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno
Why, within the minds of so much americans, are Latinas nonetheless considered maids, seductresses, and booty-shaking salsa divas? by no means has the concept that of Latina id been extra proper. additionally, by no means has there been a brand new new release of Latinas so able to say what they suggest or even criticize the Latina iteration that preceded them. in the past. In Border-Line Personalities, twenty writers proportion their poignant and wickedly humorous tales approximately struggling with with their moms, being affected by talking Spanish, and working with the boys who have performed them incorrect, between a myriad of alternative themes. finally, each one essay includes a diverse perspective, lending credence to the speculation that not anyone can label anybody merchandise, thought, or individual extra Latina than the opposite. Questions posed to Latinas of every age in Border-Line Personalities: Why do many folks usually think extra American than Latina? How vital is Spanish, particularly? will we all rather healthy below one cultural umbrella? whilst considering having teenagers, will we rather need to examine being stay-at-home mothers as such a lot folks have been raised to think used to be legislations, or can Latinas even give some thought to the potential of elevating kids whereas operating? What can we do after we fall in love with an individual (male or lady) outdoor our tradition?
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My father and I nodded but kept our eyes on the screen, grateful that for once the reception was good on this old TV and that Iris Chacón looked so very real. After a year of dating, I was very much in love with Manolo, his Camaro, and the tender way that he kissed me. He took me to the beach at night when it was ﬂooded with stars and crashing waves, and the world felt so much bigger than what I had ever imagined. I was seventeen and in love. < 34 > E S O S N O S I R V E N I was also lonely at school.
9 > B O R D E R - L I N E P E R S O N A L I T I E S The farther away I got from my family and the less I saw of them, the more insane they seemed to me when we reunited. To my sister and me, from our cosmopolitan pedestals, they appeared brash and gauche. Our trips back home became increasingly strained. Our usual forms of amusement and bonding, like getting soused and singing karaoke, ceased to work. We weren’t connecting anymore. I thought I was worldlier than ever and had outgrown them. For over a year, every time the family got together, a hysterical drama would unfold.
When I felt especially sisterly, we would scrounge the house for change and run to the corner store for dill pickles and chamoy. Those carefree afternoons ended when I was thirteen. My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I knew him as a hardworking man who barbecued every Sunday and took us to the park on his motorcycle. He had two degrees, in political science and biology, and in his day he was into “Brown Power” and the Chicano movement. My good grades put me in his < 4 > A P I C T U R E O F U S good graces, and he enrolled us both in an evening computer course.
Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno