Boricua College
Instructional Module
Synthesis 5.10
Student: Antonio Ruiz
Facilitator: Emilio Suarez


Exercise I

Analyzation: This exercise speaks of the united family or "la familia unida". This article is an excerpt from the book untitled, "Up From Puerto Rico" by Elena Padilla. I would suppose that Ms. Padilla is giving a Puerto Rican perspective on the common Puerto Rican family & what qualifications are to be considered a united family. Among these "qualifications" would be
a) reliability amongst relatives
b) recognizing mutual obligations towards one another
c) sharing in celebrations or grief

Even though Ms. Padilla was describing what constitutes "familia unida" it seems to me we would be hard pressed to find a family as such within the Puerto Rican community. Being a Boricua myself I see the at times "nonsense" that causes rifts between us. Among these divides are:
a) political views
b) social differences
c) religious beliefs
d) marrying out of your race
e) teen pregnancy or preganacys out of wed-lock
f) Neo-Ricans vs Puerto Ricans
g) For statehood vs Commonwealthers vs Pro-Independencers

It seems to me that the "familia" unida she describes would not just relegate itself to the Puerto Ricans. I feel that any ethnic group can fall under this banner. Lastly the section describing the moment of grief; I have seen quite a few scenes like that. Though I felt for the griever they seem so over dramatized; sort of soap opera like. (which is basically what latinas) were raised on!) At times it can be embarrassing to see these out of control emotional outbursts. Like I said earlier the "Boricuas" arent the only ethnic group to wail and grieve like this; Italians, Dominicanos and Cubans fall under this also.

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