Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceańeras
Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities
Publication Year: 2013
Drawing on over fifty in-depth interviews with members of these fast-growing American Asian and Latino populations, Rodriguez shows how these communal celebrations of daughters have been adapted by immigrant families to assert their cultural pride and affirm their American belonging. Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras provides an intimate and compelling portrait of the various ways immigrants and their children are purposefully, strategically, and creatively employing Filipino American debutantes and Mexican American quinceañeras to simultaneously challenge and assimilate into U.S. culture and forge new understandings of what it means to be "Mexican," "Filipino," and "American."
Published by: Temple University Press
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...as i was writing the final draft of this book, i kept the following quo-tation from Father alfred Boeddeker, founder of the st. anthony dining room in san Francisco, California, pinned to the bulletin board next to my writing station: â€śstart doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.â€ť here i offer my meager (and, no doubt, incomplete) thanks to everyone who has wittingly and unwittingly helped me do what was necessary, and possible, and impos-...
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...perhaps it was because my sister and I grew up in a brotherless house-hold. perhaps it was because my mother, in marrying my father, grieved in secret for the dreams she surrendered to fulfill her larger ambition of immigrating to america. Or maybe it was simply economically motivated: Mom and Dad presumed that our working-class, Navy familyâ€™s money would go a lot further if they did not fill our heads with fantasies of satin gowns, opera-length gloves, and sparkling tiaras. all I know for ...
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For our interview, Gabriel Ortega, a Mexican american man in his mid-thirties, requested that I meet him on a sunny afternoon, at a multi-story photography shop not too far from where I lived in Las Querubes. the shop was a more considerable distance from his home but was a land-mark, and he was purchasing new, hard-to-find photo equipment. this was around the time most professionals were just starting to consider moving to digital; he explained that he was one of the first in the vicinity to take the leap ...
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...the Santiago family lives just in the shadow of a place frequented by the wealthy, beautiful, and, often, cosmetically enhanced. as I passed this place on my way to interview Belinda Santiago, the feÂmale head of the family, I could not help but wonder what it was like for Belindaâ€™s daughters to grow up in such close proximity to what, for most people, seems utterly unattainable. as it turns out, Belinda herself had some Miraba las quinceaĂ±eras de otras personas, de las ventanas. eran muy ...
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...the camera lingers on Olivia hernandez for a second as the emcee, Willis, announces that her parents, ramiro and adele, are about to present her to the captive audience sitting inside the expansive ball-room of the palacio del rey, the century-old hotel where every South Cove Union of Filipino americans (SCUFa) debutante has been â€śintroduced to societyâ€ť since 1978. Oliviaâ€™s hair is in a chignon that cascades into a bou-quet of brown ringlets, adorned with shimmering combs. the skirt of her ...
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...thereâ€™s a scene in the film QuinceaĂ±era when Carlos, brother of recent quinceaĂ±era eileen and cousin of soon-to-be quinceaĂ±era Magda-lena, is being seduced by the couple who own the backyard cottage he and his uncle rent. Buzzed on beers, Carlos mutters, â€śIâ€™m so fucked upâ€ť as he falls backward onto the coupleâ€™s bed. Noticing something underneath Carlosâ€™s tank top, one partner asks, â€śIs that a tattoo?â€ť Carlos murmurs, â€śYeah,â€ť as the other partner lifts the tank top, to reveal the Spanish word ...
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...the morning of her debut, Lauren aquinoâ€™s family home bustled with the barely contained energy of a beehive preparing to gather nectar for its queen. While a dozen teenage girls fluttered between rooms in their pajamas taking turns having their hair styled, their makeup applied, and their costumes fitted one last time by a seamstress stationed in the ga-rage, a group of aunties hovered in the kitchen. Laurenâ€™s mother issued firm but giddy orders to her husband and son. In the meantime, Laurenâ€™s father, ...
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During the course of my research for this book, the many individuals, families, and communities I set out to learn about were generous enough to take me from my perch at their ventanas to welcome me into the warmth of their homes. When I asked only to quietly watch their debut and quince preparations, or to hear their family stories, or to observe their parties from some out-of-sight corner, they flung the doors to their dwellings wide open and invited me into their lives and events. Once inside, ...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2013