A Year of Hope for Young Hispanics

A Year of Hope for Young Hispanics

2012 is shaping up to be a very hopeful year for Hispanic youth in the United States. The initiative of Deferred Action, which would allow undocumented youth to work legally, obtain a driver’s license, and have other legal benefits, has ignited a light of hope in the lives of some many youths and families across the country. Although it is only the beginning of the process, we remain hopeful that this is the start of a more comprehensive immigration reform.

Spanish at Home, and Out

Spanish at Home, and Out

    If you read the last blog, you will remember that we talked about the challenges of younger people communicating with family at home. If you, or young people you know, are struggling with this, you should keep reading.

Changing Dynamics and Hispanic Youth!

 

Changing Dynamics and Hispanic Youth!

    In our last blog, I wrote about how some Hispanics, especially Hispanic youth, struggle with identifying themselves as fully Hispanic when they don’t speak Spanish. Being Hispanic is much more than speaking the language. It’s an identity, a way of being and living that, yes, can come to fuller expression through language.

¿Crees que eres menos hispano por no hablar español?

 

 ¿Crees que eres menos hispano por no hablar español?


El otro día leí una publicación en línea sobre la cultura hispana. El tema principal de la discusión era si no hablar español hacía a una persona menos hispana. Más que una pregunta objetiva,  era una forma de aprender cómo se ven los hispanos así mismos en relación al lenguaje que hablan.

Te pregunto a ti, ¿piensas que no hablar español te hace menos hispano/latino? ¿Por qué sí y por qué no?

Does not speaking Spanish make you less Hispanic?

 

Does not speaking Spanish make you less Hispanic?


    The other day I came across an interesting post on Hispanic culture. The main topic of the discussion was whether not speaking Spanish made you any less Hispanic. More than an objective question, it was a good way to learn how Hispanics look at themselves in relation to the language they speak.

    So, do you personally think that not speaking Spanish makes you less Hispanic? Why or why not?

Code-switching. How’s your Spanglish?

 

Code-switching. How’s your Spanglish?

For many multilingual speakers, especially teenagers and young adults, combining two or more languages in a single sentence seems to be very common. They enjoy it. It’s part of who they are and it gives them an identity. This is called code-switching. But is code-switching good or bad? What do you think?

Lost in Translation?

Lost in Translation?

 

The other day I heard a cute conversation while waiting for the bus. A little Hispanic girl was trying to translate a sign for her mother, but since the mother could not quite make up the idea, she went ahead and explained in Spanish what the sign meant, with limited accuracy I concluded.

Retro-Acculturation, why it’s cool, and good!

 

Retro-Acculturation, why it’s cool, and good!


    I remember many years back, a lot of my cousins and some of my friends, even though they were Hispanic, they refused to be labeled as such; it was not cool at that time, it was hard to fit. But as our Hispanic community has grown, more and more Hispanic young people are starting to realize the beauty of their heritage and culture.

Obama y la Educación de los Hispanos

Obama y la Educación de los Hispanos


Tal vez durante las últimas dos semanas hayas escuchado sobre el foro comunitario sobre los hispanos y la Educación en el que participó el Presidente Obama. El evento fue televisado por la cadena Univisión y llamó mucho la atención de la comunidad hispana. Si te lo perdiste sigue leyendo.

Obama and Hispanic Education

 

Obama on Hispanic Education


I’m sure, over the last couple of weeks, you heard about the town hall meeting that Obama held on Hispanic Education. The event was broadcast by Univision and it drew significant attention from our Hispanic community. If you missed it, keep reading.

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