Upstate Latinx

I will soon be teaching a course titled “Upstate Latinx”:

Traditionally, Latinx (or Latino/a) communities have been associated with certain US geographies: Puerto Ricans in New York City, Cubans in Florida, and Mexicans in the southwest. Although Latinx communities have always been more prominent in northern locales and rural areas than these stereotypes suggest, in recent years there has been increased visibility throughout the United States. What does it mean to be Latinx in upstate New York? This course examines through reading, film, and field projects the demographics and meaning of how Latinos are reshaping the upstate New York experience.

This is a new course, part of the Hartwick College Discover Your Place seminars. Although I have been teaching Latin America and Caribbean Anthropology, this is a very new experience for me. I would be grateful for any recommendations or suggestions!

Latinx Inspirations

One of the inspirations for the course is the film Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns – An Immigrant Community in Rural America. It’s a gem of a film about unexpected migration patterns and how people are drawn into out-of-the-way places.

Related Courses

I found a course description from Professor Eddy Sandoval that resonated with some of the things I would like to accomplish:

Cities, Suburbs, and Rural Places
Long associated with cities in the scholarly and popular imagination, immigrants have increasingly settled in U.S. suburbs. Through the lens of new destinations for (im)migrants, this course introduces spatial methods, perspectives, and concepts to understand cities, suburbs, and rural places and the relationships between these various spaces. We ask how geographically specific forces and actors shape these trends, as well as the spatially uneven outcomes of complex processes like globalization. This interdisciplinary course considers economic, social and cultural, environmental, and political approaches through a range of textual materials (academic, literary, popular). Rooted in urban, suburban, and rural geographies, as well as critical race geographies, we explore what these approaches are and what they add to our understanding of “new” im/migrant destinations and to Latinx lived experiences in these various spaces.

Some of the books that have popped up on course descriptions:

Recommendations

From Iveris Martinez on LinkedIn, recommends American Dreaming: Immigrant Life on the Margins.


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