Latino/a Popular Culture by Michelle Habell-Pallan, Visit Amazon's Mary Romero Page,

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Latinos became the biggest ethnic minority staff within the usa. whereas the presence of Latinos and Latinas in mainstream information and in pop culture within the usa buttresses the much-heralded Latin Explosion, the photographs themselves are usually contradictory.

In Latino/a well known Culture, Habell-Pallán and Romero have introduced jointly students from the arts and social sciences to research representations of Latinidad in a range of genres - media, tradition, track, movie, theatre, paintings, and activities - which are rising around the kingdom relating to Chicanas, Chicanos, mestizos, Puerto Ricans, Caribbeans, primary americans and South american citizens, and Latinos in Canada.

Contributors contain Adrian Burgos, Jr., Luz Calvo, Arlene Dávila, Melissa A. Fitch, Michelle Habell-Pallán, Tanya Katerí Hernández, Josh Kun, Frances Negron-Muntaner, William A. Nericcio, Raquel Z. Rivera, Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Gregory Rodriguez, Mary Romero, Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez, Christopher A. Shinn, Deborah R. Vargas, and Juan Velasco.

Cover art "Layering the a long time" through Diane Gamboa, 2002, combined media on paper, eleven X 8.5". Copyright 2001, Diane Gamboa. revealed with permission.

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They are racist. (All interrupt) ARLENE (moderator): Let’s hear one at a time. FELIPE: If you watched TV you would think that Latinos are all white or looking like fucking, I don’t know . . TRINY: That we all looked Mexican. FELIPE: But Mexicans are Indian looking. It’s all ridiculous. TRINY: Yeah, we all have different elements in us, we have whites, Africans, you know, we are a mix of all those people, but even in commercials, all you see is white people eating Goya beans. It’s crazy. JENNY: Yes, we are a mix, you know.

In hindsight, Mattel’s contribution was relatively minimal, albeit practically indestructible: it commercialized the already officialized jíbaro myth by casting it in plastic and giving it worldwide commodity status. As has been noted with a mixture of scorn and disbelief, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture—the official voice of government-sanctioned Puerto Ricanness created by the commonwealth—was the corporation’s chief advisor in designing the doll’s accessories and writing the box’s copy (which, nevertheless, contains several mistakes and typos).

As was evident in the exchange above, they saw Spanish-language media as predictable, boring, and alien to their everyday realities. This stance, however, was not without problems. It was at the cost of the Spanish TV media, which along with its viewers were put down as unsophisticated and tacky, that the youth communicated their greater sophistication and street smarts. In conclusion, it is evident that discussions of the media would lead not only to critical assessments but also to the expression of particularized forms of identification, be it along the lines of race, class, or nationality, destabilizing in this manner the neatness of “Latinness” as an all-encompassing category of identification.

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