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Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States

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In the national bestseller Translation Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar takes us on the definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States—a parallel nation, 35 million strong, that is changing the very notion of what it means to be an American in unprecedented and unexpected ways.

Tobar begins on familiar terrain, in his native Los Angeles, with his family's story, along with that of two brothers of Mexican origin with very different interpretations of Americanismo, or American identity as seen through a Latin American lens—one headed for U.S. citizenship and the other for the wrong side of the law and the south side of the border. But this is just a jumping-off point. Soon we are in Dalton, Georgia, the most Spanish-speaking town in the Deep South, and in Rupert, Idaho, where the most popular radio DJ is known as "El Chupacabras." By the end of the book, we have traveled from the geographical extremes into the heartland, exploring the familiar complexities of Cuban Miami and the brand-new ones of a busy Omaha INS station.

Sophisticated, provocative, and deeply human, Translation Nation uncovers the ways that Hispanic Americans are forging new identities, redefining the experience of the American immigrant, and reinventing the American community. It is a book that rises, brilliantly, to meet one of the most profound shifts in American identity.

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar takes readers on the definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States--a parallel nation, 35 million strong, that is changing the very notion of what it means to be an American in unprecedented and unexpected ways.

Synopsis:

This is the definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States-a parallel USA, 40 million strong, the largest minority group in the country-transforming the American Dream, reinventing the American community, and redefining the experience of the American immigrant in unprecedented and unexpected ways.

About the Author

Hector Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has also written for The New Yorker and LA Weekly, and his reporting is often syndicated nationally. He is also a novelist who has been nominated for the PEN Center USA West Award. Longtime National Latino Affairs Correspondent of the Los Angeles Times, Tobar now works as their Mexico City Bureau Chief.

Table of Contents

Part One: Crossings

Chapter One: Americanismo: City of Peasants

Los Angeles, California

Chapter Two: Where Green Chiles Roam: No es imposible

San Ysidro, California; Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Chapter Three: Brother Citizen, Brother Alien: Sin fronteras

Watts, California; Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico

Part Two: Pioneers and Pilgrimage

Chapter Four: The Wanderers: El destierro

Ashland, Alabama; McAllen, Texas; Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Chapter Five: In the Land of the New: En la tierra de lo nuevo

Dalton, Georgia; Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Memphis, Tennessee

Chapter Six: Our Secret Latin Heartland: Los secretos del machote

Rupert, Idaho; Frankenmuth, Michigan; Grand Island, Nebraska; Liberal, Kansas

Part Three: Manifest Destinies

Chapter Seven: Unconquered: La reconquista

Cordova, New Mexico; San Fernando, California; San Antonio, Texas

Chapter Eight: The Old Men and the Boy: Los balseros

Miami, Florida

Chapter Nine: Fathers, Daughters, Citizens, and Strongwomen: El hombre y el orgullo

Barstow, Los Angeles, Bell Gardens, Maywood, Watts, and South Gate, California

Part Four: E Pluribus Unum

Chapter Ten: Una Nación Unida: Heroes of Another Fatherland

El Reno, Oklahoma; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New York, New York; Baghdad, Iraq

Epilogue: Che and the Three Monkeys: Che y los tres monos

La Higuera, Bolivia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Los Angelos; California; Ashland, Alabama

Acknowledgments

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594481765
Author:
Tobar, Hector
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Hispanic americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Hispanic American Studies
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Hispanic Americans -- Ethnic identity.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Hispanic American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.24x5.58x1.02 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar takes readers on the definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States--a parallel nation, 35 million strong, that is changing the very notion of what it means to be an American in unprecedented and unexpected ways.
"Synopsis" by , This is the definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States-a parallel USA, 40 million strong, the largest minority group in the country-transforming the American Dream, reinventing the American community, and redefining the experience of the American immigrant in unprecedented and unexpected ways.
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