La comunidad Latina, the fastest growing ethnic group in the
United States, has long been told that assimilation is the only way
to succeed in American society. This book challenges that generally
accepted view and concludes instead that transformation as a way of
life is the only viable option for the Latino community as a whole,
regardless of racial, class, regional, or religious differences. It
highlights how in the everyday life of la comunidad Latina the
members of the community can recognize the underlying ways of life,
the stories, and the patterns of relationships that cripple them,
and how to break with these ways of life, stories, and
relationships to create fundamentally more loving and compassionate
Along with all men and women, Latinos and Latinas face four
choices: retaining a blind loyalty to a romanticized past,
assimilating, violating each other, or transforming their ethnic
and racial group for the better. This examination of the underlying
sacred meaning of the stories of the Latino culture attempts to
determine whether these stories are destructive or creative. Now
coming of age, la comunidad Latina, previously wounded by
assimilation, continues to tell its story in art, literature,
history, and religion so that the world may, perhaps for the first
time, see its personal, political, historical, and sacred faces.
The most important story now being lived is that of Latina women
and Latino men who are making choices that will determine the
ultimate meaning of a new Latino culture in this nation.
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