Community – What is Latinidad?

Introduction: What is Latinidad?

Latinidad invokes pan-Latino/a solidarity that among Latinos/as is materialized in ways that illuminate an understanding of identity, place, and belonging. 'We're all one heart here. There are no distinctions of race, of country, or culture'. This so-called Latinization of the U.S. has the potential to profoundly reshape the parameters of democracy, citizenship, and national identity. Culture involves a dynamic interplay between flow and pause. In this sense, flows and pauses, and the dynamic tension between these two polarities, can be seen to be at the heart of latinidad as cultural coherence. Latinidad ranges from the very local scale of the individual and his or her immediate zone of inhabitance—a block, a neighborhood, a street—to nations and world regions that are hemispheric in scale[5]. It is place specific; both shape, and are shaped by, the city itself. Latinidad has important ramifications for national, transnational, hemispheric, and even global, modalities of belonging.

View and study the following videos:

  • Hispanics Growing Influence In America

  • Celebrating Latino Culture And Contributions

  • Mexicans In America: Cpd Guide To Cultures In The United States Documentary

  • Central American and Mexican Mix

  • Latinos/Hispanics form the largest ethnic group in the U.S. Thus, having an understanding of “Latinidad” is important.
  • Ask  friends of different national backgrounds (Puerto Rican, Haitians, Dominicans, Mexicans, etc) what defines  their cultural group.
  • Write in your journal under each heading what defines Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, Mexicans, etc.  Compare these ethnic categories for overlaps and differences.