This digital lecture for the "gymnasiale Oberstufe" focuses on latino culture's roots in immigrants to the US.

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Immigrant Communities: Mexicans, Cubans, Central Americans, Puerto Ricans in the U.S. (digital)

Master Class for Students / Free, Digital / register at bibliothekmerikahaus.de


This master class for students will take place digitally via Zoom.


Cuba Libre, Tex-Mex, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez: US-American history and culture is strongly shaped by immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The election of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate for the presidential election symbolizes, that Latino Lives matter, as more than 60 million Latinos are living currently in the U.S.

While Puerto Ricans settled in New York City after the Spanish-American War, most Cubans fled to Florida after Fidel Castro had come to power through a revolution. The exiled Cubans formed their new patria “Little Havana” in Miami. Thousands of Mexicans immigrated to the United States during World War II. They substituted US-American farmers, who left for the US Army. Even Hollywood was “mexicanized”. Walt Disney made his comic The Three Caballeros in order to show that Mexicans were “Good Neighbors”, while schools in Texas segregated Mexican children for many decades. The racist and inhumane treatment of undocumented Central Americans in the US-American borderlands has led to harsh criticism lately. Migrants and refugees are often victims of political destabilization, militarization and drug gangs in their homelands.

By using song and comic sequences, images and photos, this lecture will offer cultural-historical perspectives on the rich history of Latino immigration in the US.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ursula Prutsch, LMU

Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin

(Photo: Neon Sign © Matt Nelson unsplash.com)


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