From 2000 to 2010, the Latino population increased by more than 73 percent across eight midwestern states. These interdisciplinary essays explore issues of history, education, literature, art, and politics defining today's Latina/o Midwest. Some contributors delve into the Latina/o revitalization of rural areas, where communities have launched bold experiments in dual-language immersion education while seeing integrated neighborhoods, churches, and sports teams become the norm. Others reveal metro areas as laboratories for emerging Latino subjectivities, places where for some, the term Latina/o itself corresponds to a new type of lived identity as different Latina/o groups interact in shared neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Eye-opening and provocative, The Latina/o Midwest Reader rewrites the conventional wisdom on today's Latina/o community and how it faces challenges-and thrives-in the heartland. Contributors: Aide Acosta, Frances R. Aparicio, Jay Arduser, Jane Blocker, Carolyn Colvin, Maria Eugenia Cotera, Theresa Delgadillo, Lilia Fernandez, Claire F. Fox, Felipe Hinojosa, Michael D. Innis-Jimenez, Jose E. Limon, Marta Maria Maldonado, Louis G. Mendoza, Amelia Maria de la Luz Montes, Kim Potowski, Ramon H. Rivera-Servera, Rebecca M. Schreiber, Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez, Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Janet Weaver, and Elizabeth Willmore
Omar Valerio-Jimenez is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author of River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands. Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez is an associate professor of Hispanic Southwest studies at the University of New Mexico and the author of One Day I'll Tell You the Things I've Seen: Stories. Claire F. Fox is a professor in the departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa and the author of Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War.