As with so many other passions and hobbies, you cannot explain where they are coming from as long as you do not simply inherit them from your family. For this reason, I have no idea where my lifelong interest in Spanish speaking countries, cultures and people has come from. Fact is, my soft spot for […]
For many people in Latinx communities in the US, bi- or multilingualism is a part of everyday life. Simply put, Spanglish is a dynamic form of language made up of a conglomeration of Spanish and English dialects. And yet, to some, this is a threat to an ‘American’ culture that historically, and to this day, denies […]
In the 2016 General Election, fully 18 per cent of Latinos voted for Donald J. Trump, a candidate who suggested that being of Mexican heritage impairs the execution of professional responsibilities. For almost 1 in 5 Latinos, Trump’s hostility to those of Mexican heritage, in itself, did not motivate them to vote for the opposing […]
As part of the SALSA Collective’s panel at next month’s IBAAS conference, I will be discussing prolific Chicana author Ana Castillo’s first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters (1986). Reading the text through the lens of Castillo’s theoretical writings on Xicanisma (the author’s coinage for Chicana feminism), I will explore how the novel’s form and content work […]
This week I was delighted to travel back to Cork to take part in the Mexican and Mexican American Studies symposium at UCC. I lived in Cork a few years ago and it was wonderful walking the streets again, letting my feet guide me where they remembered. The voices, the laughter, the sunshine, the rain, […]
This month has been busy for the SALSA Collective as Co-Jefas Becky & Eilidh have been conferencing, sharing their work on Latinidad and meeting those with similar interests both in the U.S. and in the UK. Stateside we started our tour at Temple University’s annual History Postgraduate Conference, the James A. Barnes Conference, in Philadelphia. […]
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