Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

As with most academic projects, this book is the result of the encouragement and support of many individuals. I would like to begin by offering my sincerest appreciation for the work of the cultural producers who have made this project possible. Thank you to the incredible...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-25

In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights, the character Abuela Claudia asks the question, “What do you do when your dreams come true?” as she reveals to the audience that she has won the lottery. While the dream of winning the lottery...

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1. Dream a Little American Dream: A Traditional Story-Book Romance

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pp. 26-56

On May 19, 2007, the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education held a conference to inform students and community members about the California and federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Acts.1 The conference included the testimony...

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2. Cleaning Up After the National Family, and What a Mess They Make

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pp. 57-92

In the 2004 documentary Maid in America, director Anayansi Prado follows the lives of Judith, Eva, and Telma, three immigrant domestic workers in Los Angeles. Through the film, the audience is witness to the difficulties the women face as they try to make their lives and...

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3. Laboring Bodies, Laboring Spaces in the Hospitality Industry

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pp. 93-126

The beloved story of Cinderella teaches us that if one is beautiful, kind, cheerful, and a hard worker, a prince will notice us, sweep us off our feet, and carry us off to his castle. In this traditional storybook romance, being a servant is temporary, just the first stage in a...

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4. Calling All Superheroes: Recasting the Immigrant Subject

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pp. 127-159

On July 21, 2011, a group of workers, community activists, and union organizers came together in a demonstration outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Antonio. Part of a national day of action organized by the labor union UNITE HERE, the demonstration...

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Conclusion. Resistance: A Growing Movement

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pp. 160-166

The power of stories to shape our understanding of the world cannot be underestimated. From storybooks, to films, to music, to art, the circulation of narratives helps define who we are as a community—at both the local and the national level. In the United States, the perpetuation...

Notes

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pp. 167-188

Bibliography

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pp. 189-198

Index

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pp. 199-204