Category Archives: English

On Becoming a Chicano by Richard Rodriguez


Who I am ? What have I become myself ? I speak French, English and Spanish and somehow, just like Richard, Spanish is starting to become a memory in my head. When I’m in the Parisian metro and that I … Continue reading

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A Puerto Rican Stew By Esmeralda Santiago


HERS; A Puerto Rican Stew By ESMERALDA SANTIAGO (1994) https://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/18/magazine/hers-a-puerto-rican-stew.html I’M IN MY KITCHEN, browsing through Puerto Rican cookbooks, when it hits me. These books are in English, written for people who don’t know a sofrito from a sombrero. Then … Continue reading

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A thought about voting…(Democratic primary)


So, Hillary Clonton jumped out over Bernie Sanders in Puerto Rico’s Democratic primary on Sunday June 5th. Congratulations woman!! So, what if Puerto Rican residents cannont vote in the general election? What if they’re treated as second class citizens. Of … Continue reading

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San Juan speaks out his mind.


A mural in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Stephanie Segarra.I guess it’s a reminder that it’s the next generation the ones who benefit or pay our actions today.

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Somewhere in socialist Czechoslovakia: “Amerika” Portoriko


So I’ abandoned you for over a year now. But that doesn’t mean that the blog is dead. I’d like to share with you a very exquisite version of “America” from West Side Story; in Czech!!! It was the friend … Continue reading

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Café


In 1904, Americans paid Puerto Rican coffee pickers (who were paid based on volume picked) an average of 12 to 16 cents per day. US colonial administrators argued that if Puerto Ricans were to receive a better wage, they would … Continue reading

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Gone democratic


1900 Campaign poster for the Republican Party. “The American flag has not been planted in foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity’s sake,” president William McKinley, July 12, 1900. Left: see how the situation allegedly was in 1896, … Continue reading

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