This summer, we were fortunate to have two students working with us through the REAL program. As part of their work at the library, Jackie Ponce Chacon and Mirta Loja Guaman designed the Latinx Unidos book display that is in the lobby of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library. We asked Jackie and Mirta for an introduction to their display.
Hello, our names are Jackie and Mirta,
We are excited that we got to work on this project because it’s significant to us and a way to represent our community. The Latinx community has been through many ups and downs these past few years, and we wanted to bring attention to the different problems that Latinos face while trying to “assimilate” in the United States. The books we chose for our display were inspired by the quote “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds” by Dinos Christianopoulos. These books were written by Latinxs authors to help readers understand how their experiences either affected or influenced their lives. We hope you enjoy our selection of books, and at least check them out! 🙂
- Alvarez, Julia. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010.
- Burciaga, Jose Antonio. Drink Cultura : Chicanismo. 1st ed., Joshua Odell Editions, Capra Press, 1993.
- Cisneros, Sandra. La Casa En Mango Street. 25th Anniversary ed., Vintage Books, 2009.
- Deffebach, Nancy. María Izquierdo and Frida Kahlo : Challenging Visions in Modern Mexican Art. First ed., University of Texas Press, 2015.
- Díaz, Junot. Drown. Riverhead Books, 1997.
- Flores-González, Nilda. Citizens but Not Americans : Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials. New York University Press, 2017.
- Hellman, Judith Adler. The World of Mexican Migrants : the Rock and the Hard Place. New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.
- Mize, Ronald L., and Grace. Delgado. Latino Immigrants in the United States. Polity Press, 2012.
- Pérez, Gina M., et al. Beyond El Barrio : Everyday Life in Latina/o America. New York University Press, 2010.
- White, Anthony. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism : the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. National Gallery of Australia; Thames & Hudson, 2001.
Image credit: “They tried to bury us” image by Misha Zadeh, from amplifier.org in the Hear Our Voice exhibition.