Reading List, the beginning

Reading list for Latino/a Literature

1. Introductory article: “Is There Such a Thing as Latino Identity?” by Otto Santa Ana

Questions, before: What are people whose family members originally came from Spain, long ago perhaps, but who have lived in the Americas for generations be called? What is the meaning of Hispanic, Latino, Chicano? How are those words different from each other? Are there any synonyms which are applied to your race or ethnicity or religion or family or self? What do you think of these synonyms? What do they mean?

Questions, after: Do Santa Ana’s definitions match yours? How are they different? Do the new definitions add anything to your understanding? If you found synonyms for yourself, which do you prefer? Why? What meaning is encoded in the word you chose? Is this a general understanding or a precise definition for that synonym?

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