Category Archives: Scholar

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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Moscow 1980 and the Puerto Rican Olympic delegation


Sometimes, sports and politics do get tangled into complicated international situations. For example, during the cold war, United States President Jimmy Carter, with the support of the United States Olympic Committee, proposed a boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow … Continue reading

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Curious, very curious ….


With all this Puerto-Rico-becoming-the-51st-state-of the-Union floating around the political sphere, I found curious what Luis Muñoz Marín, Governor from 1948 through 1964, wrote back in February 1929 in The American Mercury, when he was a thirty-year-old journalist:       … Continue reading

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A Puerto Rican in Paris (2nd Part)


I met Professor Ramón Grosfoguel, one of the leading decolonial thinkers, while studying my master’s at the Sorbonne University in 2009. It was one of those rare occasions in which you actually meet a Puerto Rican outside the U.S. A couple of … Continue reading

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West Side Story


As citizens of the United States, Puerto Ricans have free access to the American labor market. The upper mobility of white workers to better paid jobs during the post war world-economic expansion created a labor shortage at the botom end, which … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico : Quel statut politique?


“Le statut actuel de Porto Rico et son évolution possible” Séminaire dans le cadre de l’OPALC, 02/05 | 17h30-19h00 Petit pays latino-américain des Caraïbes insulaires, Porto Rico a un statut particulier d’Etat associé aux Etats-Unis. Depuis l’invasion américaine (1898), le débat … Continue reading

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