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"Family Values. Latino Style", in East Wind, West Wind, MSU-Mankato, Summer 1994

"Family Values. Latino Style", in East Wind, West Wind, MSU-Mankato, Summer 1994

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Article describing the strengths of the Minnesota's Latino family and it's traditions, and in opposition to Republican and nativist discrimination and exclusion.
Article describing the strengths of the Minnesota's Latino family and it's traditions, and in opposition to Republican and nativist discrimination and exclusion.

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th e fa m ily .
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th e
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p o litic ia n s
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v a lu e s , th e ir v e r s io n
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c o n te x t
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a n d w e lfa re .
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2 5 to 3 0 m illio n
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to w hite
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th e iro w n
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th e ir
c h ild r e n ,
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b y o th e r
c lo s e
r e la tiv e s ,
a ll liv in g
to g e th e r.
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r e la tiv e s
a re
m ost
fre q u e n tly
th e
p a re n ts
o r g ra n d p a re n ts
o f th e w ife o r h u s b a n d
in th e
c o u p le .
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is
a ls o
g re a t
re s p e c t
fo r
th e
e ld e r ly
w hose
e x p e r ie n c e
a n d k n o w le d g e
a r e a lw a y s
s o u g h t a s th e y
a re a n in te g ra l p a rt o f th e d e c is io n -m a k in g
p ro c e s s
in
th e fa m ily .
T h e e ld e r ly
a ls o h e lp to r a is e th e c h ild r e n ,
a llo w in g
b o th p a re n ts to w o rk , a n d ra is e la rg e rfa m ilie s .
A ls o ,
th e y
tra n s m it
th e
c u ltu re
a n d
tra d itio n s
to the
n e w
g e n e ra tio n s
in the
p ro c e s s .
L a tin o
c h ild r e n ,
lik e c h ild r e n
in a n y o th e r c u ltu re ,
a re
g re a tly
c h e r is h e d
a n d lo v e d b y th e ir fa m ily .
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t o
o th e r
c u ltu re s ,
but absent
fro m
W h ite /A m e ric a n
c u ltu re , a re rite s o f p a s s a g e , c e re m o n ie s
o r la n d m a r k s
th a t s ig n a l th e tra n s fo rm a tio n
o f a c h ild
in to a n a d u lt.
F o r L a tin o g ir ls , it is th e " q u in c e a n e r a "
th e c e le b ra tio n
o f h e r 1 5 y e a rs .
T h is
is a n e la b o ra te
s e r ie s
o f p u b lic
e v e n ts in w h ic h th e y o u n g w o m a n is o ffic ia lly in tr o d u c e d

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