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Negotiating LatinidadIntralatina/o Lives in Chicago$
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Frances R. Aparicio

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042690

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042690.001.0001

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The “New” Americana/os

The “New” Americana/os

Intralatina/os and the Utopia of National Hybridities

(Diana)

Chapter:
(p.149) 9. The “New” Americana/os
Source:
Negotiating Latinidad
Author(s):

Frances R. Aparicio

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042690.003.0010

This final chapter summarizes how Intralatino/as create new identity labels and critically comment on their sense of being (or not being) “American” and “Latino/a.” Highlighting MexiGuatemalan Diana’s story, who reaffirmed her experience as a second-generation US born Latina as opposed to immigrants, the chapter frames Intralatino/as within the hemispheric discourses of “Nuestra América” penned by José Martí and critically engaged by numerous other scholars. I also examine Intralatino/as’s self-constructions as “utopian” mixed subjects who defy national boundaries and who can empathize with diverse populations as a result of their national crossings. Thus, the book’s ending opens up to the future, an Intralatino/a future that dismantles national boundaries while also incarnating a collective hope for a more tolerant Latino USA.

Keywords:   Latin America, Latinos, Americans, utopia, hybridity, futurity

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