Synopses & Reviews
Through interviews with three generations of Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs (andldquo;Yalandaacute;ltecosandrdquo;) in Los Angeles and Yalandaacute;lag, Oaxaca, this book examines the impact of international migration on this community. It traces five decades of migration to Los Angeles in order to delineate migration patterns, community formation in Los Angeles, and the emergence of transnational identities of the first and second generations of Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs in the United States, exploring why these immigrants and their descendents now think of themselves as Mexican, Mexican Indian immigrants, Oaxaqueandntilde;os, and Latinosandmdash;identities they did not claim in Mexico.
Based on multi-site fieldwork conducted over a five-year period, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez analyzes how and why Yalandaacute;lag Zapotec identity and culture have been reconfigured in the United States, using such cultural practices as music, dance, and religious rituals as a lens to bring this dynamic process into focus. By illustrating the sociocultural, economic, and political practices that link immigrants in Los Angeles to those left behind, the book documents how transnational migration has reflected, shaped, and transformed these practices in both their place of origin and immigration.
andquot;Cruz-Manjarrez documents important aspects of indigenous immigrant identity formation in Los Angeles and Yalandaacute;lag, Oaxaca, particularly of immigrant youth, adding to our understanding of urban indigenous incorporation in the United States.andquot;
andquot;This rich ethnography reveals how ethnic identity and community membership are negotiated across borders and generations, including an especially original analysis of public cultural expression through community dance.andquot;
"With scholarship that is broad and deep, Intersections of Harm offers excellent, original, and nuanced readings of Latina/o literature that add to ongoing conversations in Latina literary studies and beyond."
"Intersections of Harm makes a distinctive contribution through its careful analysis of how individual physical and psychological damage interacts with larger, geopolitical forms of harm, making for rich, nuanced reading."
andquot;Zapotecs on the Move offers a valuable account of the complexities of transnationalism through a deep analysis of the experience of Yalaltecos in Oaxaca and Los Angeles.andquot;
Through interviews with three generations of Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs (andldquo;Yalaltecosandrdquo;) in Los Angeles and Yalandaacute;lag, Oaxaca, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez examines the impact of international migration on this community, tracing five decades of migration to Los Angeles to delineate migration patterns, community formation in Los Angeles, and the emergence of transnational identities of the first and second generations of Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs in the U.S.
In this innovative new study, Laura Halperin examines literary representations of harm inflicted on Latinas’ minds and bodies, and on the places Latinas inhabit, but she also explores how hope can be found amid so much harm. Analyzing contemporary memoirs and novels by Irene Vilar, Loida Maritza Pérez, Ana Castillo, Cristina García, and Julia Alvarez, she argues that the individual harm experienced by Latinas needs to be understood in relation to the collective histories of aggression against their communities.
About the Author
LAURA HALPERIN is an assistant professor of English and comparative literature and Latina/o studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Table of Contents
1. The Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs
2. Building Community and Connections in Los Angeles
3. Community Life across Borders
4. Yalandaacute;lag Zapotec Identities in a Changing World
5. Identities of the Second-Generation Yalandaacute;lag Zapotecs
6. Danzas Chuscas: Performing Status, Violence, and Gender in Oaxacalifornia
7. Community and Culture in Transnational Perspective