Multcolib Everybody Reads 2014: Puerto Rican food, culture and music
Annotation:The author traces some of the many possible itineraries of exchange between American and Puerto Rican cultures, including the commodification of Puerto Rican cultural practices such as voguing, graffiti, and the Latinization of pop music.
Annotation:For centuries, Puerto Rico has captured the hearts of sailors, soldiers and cruisers--including none other than Christopher Columbus who landed here back in 1493. Puerto Rico's colorful culture reflects her colorful past, blending together Spanish, African, and Amerindian influences.
Annotation:In this luminous and lively memoir, Marta Moreno Vega calls forth the spirit of Puerto Rican New York and the music, mysticism, and traditions of a remarkable and quintessentially American childhood.
Annotation:New York Puerto Ricans have been an integral part of hip hop culture since the very beginning: from 1970s pioneers like Rock Steady Crew's Jo-Jo, to recent rap mega-stars Big Punisher and Angie Martinez. Yet, Puerto Rican participation and contributions to hip hop is frequently downplayed, if not completely ignored.
Annotation:Puerto Rican cuisine, with its strong Spanish and African influences, holds a unique position in the world of Caribbean cooking. The food is spicy, hearty, healthy, sensuous, and adventurous.
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Puerto Rico has been shaped by many cultures. The traditions of the native Taino and Arawak peoples and influences from Africa, South America and Spain have blended to create a unique culture. Puerto Ricans migrating to the United States reinvented themselves yet again. Sample some of the food, music and culture of Puerto Rico through this list.